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'Closer' Finale Goes into Overtime

(Posted August 26, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( The biggest cable hit of the summer is extending its season -- by 10 minutes.

TNT says the season finale of "The Closer," which is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 5, will run for 70 minutes instead the usual 60. The episode will find Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) charged with "conduct unbecoming" an officer.

"'The Closer' is a huge television success," says Steve Koonin, TNT's chief operating officer. "We are delighted to bring the first season of this top-notch show to a close by giving viewers even more of what they have come to love about the show."

The finale, written by series creator James Duff and directed by executive producer Michael Robin, sees the intramural fight between Johnson, head of Priority Homicide Division and Capt. Taylor (Robert Gossett) of the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division come to a head, which results in the charges against Johnson. Meanwhile her squad is assigned to the murder of a Hollywood producer.

"The Closer" debuted in June to just over 7 million viewers -- one of the best showings ever by a scripted series on basic cable. It has shown staying power since then, averaging better than 5 million viewers per week and occasionally beating some of its broadcast counterparts on Monday nights.

TNT has already picked up a second season of the show.

Source: Zap2it

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