The Closer Season 7 Episode Guide, Press Kit, and Mary McDonnell Bio

June 9, 2011

“Unknown Trouble” – Premieres Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Brenda and the squad investigate the owner of a hip-hop record label when one of his rap artists and six innocent bystanders are gunned down. The case hits home for Gabriel who knows two of the victims from church. Meanwhile, Chief Delk (guest star Courtney B. Vance) is getting ready to announce the department’s new organizational chart just as Brenda becomes the target of a civil suit against the police department.

Directed by Nelson McCormick

Written by Michael Alaimo

Created by James Duff

“Repeat Offender” 

As the LAPD undergoes a major realignment, Brenda and her team investigate the murder of a young girl who was house-sitting. Captain Raydor is forced to expand her audit of Major Crimes in light of the civil suit against Brenda and the LAPD.

Directed by Steve Robin

Written by Steven Kane

Created by James Duff

“To Serve with Love”

Flynn and Provenza decide to make easy money by serving court papers for a lawyer. But they once again find themselves in hot water when a man is killed minutes after being served by the pair. As is usual with Flynn and Provenza, things just go downhill from there. Adam Arkin guest stars.

Directed by Michael Pressman

Written by Adam Belanoff

Created by James Duff

“Under Control” 

The team searches for a missing boy who attends the summer camp where Lt. Tao’s son works. Meanwhile, Captain Raydor makes a troubling suggestion to Brenda as she continues her audit of the Major Crimes unit.

Directed by Rick Wallace

Written by Duppy Demetrius

Created by James Duff

“Forgive Us Our Trespasses” 

The squad investigates the death of a minister with a scandalous secret and the family who will do anything to protect his name and their church. Meanwhile, all but one member of the Major Crimes unit receives a subpoena in the civil suit against the LAPD, raising questions about whether the one who didn’t get served is going to throw the rest of the squad under the bus.

Directed by Roxann Dawson

Written by Leo Geter & Jim Leonard

Created by James Duff

“Home Improvement” 

A home construction site becomes a crime scene when a body turns up underneath a retainer wall. Brenda considers taking on a high-priced lawyer, but unfortunately for Fritz, the retainer fee could require cutting back on several luxuries.

Directed by Sheelin Choksey

Written by James Duff & Mike Berchem

Created by James Duff

LAPD’s Top Investigator Faces Daunting Challenges This Summer As TNT Launches Seventh Season of THE CLOSER, Starring Emmy® Winner Kyra Sedgwick

Record-Breaking Series to Begin Extended Final Seaon Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A civil lawsuit, a major departmental reorganization, a new boss and an unexpected tragedy are just a few of the tough issues facing the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes unit when TNT kicks off the extended final season of its record-breaking series THE CLOSER. Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick returns as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a top-notch investigator whose career may now be on the line as a result of her frequently unorthodox methods. THE CLOSER’s seventh season is set to launch with 10 episodes this summer, beginning Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The season will continue with additional episodes in winter, with the series finale coming in 2012.

Over the past six years, Sedgwick’s Chief Johnson has put some of Los Angeles’ most brutal killers behind bars. With her keen investigative instincts and brilliant interrogation techniques, Brenda often closes her cases by eliciting a confession or cornering a suspect through sometimes-questionable methods. Now, Brenda’s tactics are coming under the scrutiny of the L.A.P.D.’s new Chief of Police, who is on the verge of announcing an extensive reorganization that could spell the end of Major Crimes. The situation also has the potential of fracturing the family-like dynamic within the squad.

Sedgwick is joined by THE CLOSER’s extraordinary, Screen Actors Guild Award®-nominated cast, including Jon Tenney as Brenda’s husband, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard, who often feels as if their marriage takes a back seat to Brenda’s cases; J.K. Simmons as Brenda’s current boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope, whose own career is about to experience a seismic shift; Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor, whose role in the department is on the verge of being redefined; Corey Reynolds as Brenda’s right-hand man Detective Sergeant David Gabriel, who is becoming increasingly disillusioned with her tactics; Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, whose insensitive comments and poor judgment have frequently caught Brenda’s ire; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, a seasoned veteran who serves as Brenda’s second in command, despite a record of embarrassing blunders; Michael Paul Chan as the squad’s tech guru, Lieutenant Mike Tao, whose obsessive attention to detail can try his colleagues’ patience; Raymond Cruz as gang expert Detective Julio Sanchez, who often allows his emotions to get the better of him; and Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson, who demands the utmost respect for the department’s equipment.

Joining THE CLOSER as a regular cast member this season is two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell, who has guest-starred in the prior two seasons as Captain Sharon Raydor. This year, Raydor’s newfound friendship with Brenda is challenged when L.A.P.D. Police Chief Tommy Delk (guest-star Courtney B. Vance) assigns her to an internal investigation involving Major Crimes.

Despite the whirlwind of controversy building around her, Brenda is determined to continue doing her job the best she can, and she expects the same of her squad members. Together, they will take on some of the toughest cases of their careers, beginning in the season opener with a multiple homicide that hits close to home for Gabriel. This season, the squad will also try to track down a missing boy who attends the summer camp where Tao’s son works. Flynn and Provenza will once again find themselves in hot water when an attempt to serve court papers goes horribly awry. Emmy®-winning actor/director Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope, Sons of Anarchy, Northern Exposure) is set to guest-star in that episode as a financier targeted by his clients after he pulls off a Ponzi scheme.

The July launch of THE CLOSER’s seventh season will be preceded by a nine-hour marathon of episodes from THE CLOSER’s sixth season. The marathon is set to begin Monday, July 11, at noon (ET/PT). THE CLOSER’s season premiere will be followed by the second-season launch of RIZZOLI & ISLES at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Since its premiere in 2005, THE CLOSER has garnered numerous ad-supported cable viewership records, including being the only series in cable history to rank #1 for five consecutive years. In its sixth season, the show scored 7.6 million viewers.

THE CLOSER is produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by James Duff, who serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Kyra Sedgwick and Rick Wallace. The show is produced by Andrew J. Sacks. Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles district attorney from 1992 to 2000, serves as consulting producer.

Mary McDonnell

Captain Sharon Raydor

Mary McDonnell is renowned for her work in film, television and theatre. As a two-time Oscar®-nominee, McDonnell has transformed both period and present-day screen roles into dynamic character portrayals.

McDonnell’s first Oscar nomination was a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Sioux in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves. She also received her first of two Golden Globe nominations for her performance. McDonnell garnered a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a paraplegic soap-opera star in John Sayles’ critically acclaimed Passion Fish, a story portraying the relationship between a woman and her taciturn caretaker.

Some of the films in McDonnell’s extensive filmography include acclaimed cult film Donnie Darko; Nola with Emmy Rossum; two Lawrence Kasden films, Grand Canyon and Mumford; Roland Emmerich’s Sci-Fi blockbuster Independence Day, with Bill Pullman and Will Smith; William Friedkin’s Blue Chips, with Nick Nolte; and Sneakers, with Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Ben Kingsley.

McDonnell has two films out this year. In Margin Call, a behind-the-scenes look at an investment bank over a 24-hour period right before the financial crisis, she has a pivotal cameo role opposite Kevin Spacey. And in Scream 4, which takes moviegoers back to Woodsboro for more terror, McDonnell portrays Sidney Prescott’s aunt Kate.

McDonnell received outstanding reviews for her portrayal as President Laura Roslin in the Peabody Award-winning seriesBattlestar Galactica. McDonnell also garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include TNT’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock; the CBS series High Societyand the critically acclaimed television movies Behind the Mask and Two Small Voices. She also co-starred on ABC’sGrey’s Anatomy as Dr. Virginia Dixon, a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon battling Asperger’s Syndrome.

McDonnell began her career in theatre and has starred in a wide variety of both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann’s Still Life and has starred in such Off-Broadway productions as Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo, John O’Keefe’s All Night Long, Michael Cristofer’s Black Ange, Kathleen Tolan’s A Weekend Near Madison, Paula Cizmar’s Death of a Miner and Dennis McIntyre’sNational Anthem. Her Broadway credits include Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles and Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice.