April 16, 2014

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Kyra Sedgwick Anticipates ‘Boo-Hoo Moments’ As ‘The Closer’s’ Winds

HollywoodNews.com: Kyra Sedgwick tells us that she and her “The Closer” compatriots have yet to succumb to the feeling of the show’s days being numbered — despite the fact that they’re shooting their final season. “I think everyone is in a healthy state of denial. It’s a long year. It’s like a network year, and we’re not even half-way through shooting,” she says of the 21-episode season that premieres tonight (7/11) on TNT.
“Having to say goodbye — I think that’s going to be rough. I’m sure the last few episodes will have their share of boo-hoo moments, as well as picking fights,” adds the Emmy-winning actress, who celebrates her 23rd anniversary with husband Kevin Bacon this September. “I don’t know about anyone else, but with Kevin, I still have to pick fights — silly little fights when we have to spend time apart, I guess trying to make it easier to separate,” she admits. With her “The Closer” series family, “having spent seven years together, it’s going to be emotional. The quality of the time is really more than you spend with your real family. We’re going to miss each other terribly.”
This season’s “The Closer” will have Kyra’s inimitable interrogator extraordinaire, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, doing something breathtakingly ununusal among TV’s legions of audacious, rule-bending cops. She is going to have to face up to the consequences of her audacious, rule-bending actions.
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Kyra Sedgwick pulls the plug on TNT’s “The Closer”

HollywoodNews.com: TNT has just announced today that “The Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgwick, will end it’s phenomenal run with a final season in 2011.
President of TNT, Steve Koonin, said, “It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought ‘The Closer’ to TNT viewers. ‘The Closer’ was a pivotal series in setting a new course for TNT’s original programming, while also serving as a prime example of the storytelling strength possible on cable television.”
The decision was made by Sedgwick herself who said, “I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on ‘The Closer.’ “I will always be grateful to James Duff for his love and friendship, as well as for creating such a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year. Mike, Greer, Rick and all of our outstanding cast and crew are forever in my heart. I want to thank TNT and Warner Bros. Television, as well as the incredible fans of ‘The Closer,’ for all of their unwavering support over the last seven years.”
“Kyra Sedgwick has distinguished herself not only as an extraordinary actress, but as a remarkable set leader and presence on ‘The Closer,’” said Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television. “The series has literally changed the face and course of both TNT and Warner Bros. Television, and we will always be grateful for all that she has contributed toward that success.”
“Kyra blazed a new trail in the television landscape with her performance as Brenda Leigh Johnson,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Like her many fans, we will miss her terribly, and we will be forever grateful for the time we got to spend with her.”
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The cast of ‘The Closer’ film PSA for GLSEN Safe Space Campaign

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: TNT’s “The Closer” returned to the air with five new episodes on Monday and star Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as an LAPD deputy chief in charge of high-profile homicides.
The show, now in its sixth season, features a very large cast including Jonathan Del Arco who plays a gay medical examiner and openly gay actor Phillip P. Keene whom plays technology expert Buzz Watson.
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Kyra Sedgwick happy to have her kids back for now

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Kyra Sedgwick reports that she and hubby Kevin Bacon and their 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter will soon be taking off for a holiday vacation together in Belize — and she can hardly wait “to have our children in our clutches again for a week or so. Nothing feels better and safer to me than being surrounded by my husband and children,” says the Emmy-winning “The Closer” star, whose series returns with new episodes next week (12/6).
Kyra admits she’s still adjusting to having an empty nest at home in New York, now that daughter Sosie’s off at college. “My life is definitely changed — now I guess I’ll have the chance to see what that change means.”
One thing she already knows is that “It makes it easier to leave town, there’s no question. I won’t be torn for six months, feeling like, ‘Oh, I’m leaving my kids at home and I’m such a bad mother.’”
She’s speaking, of course, of her “Closer” production schedule, which keeps her in Los Angeles much of the year. Asked whether she can see the end on the horizon after six years of the acclaimed TNT drama, she answers, “I think the show continues to be amazing. I mean, we went up in viewership 20 per cent last year, which is unusual.” To say the least! Small wonder “The Closer” is already picked up for next season.
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Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick record PSA for marriage equality

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met and fell in love on the set of the movie ‘Lemon Sky.’ He was already a big star from ‘Footloose’ and ‘Diner’ and she was soon on her way.
They have now been married for 22 years, have two kids and are two of the most successful actors in the business. Kyra won the Emmy in September for her TNT series ‘The Closer’ and Kevin won both the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award this year for his performance in the HBO film ‘Taking Chance.’
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“The Closer” wraps up summer season with 7.2 million viewers

HollywoodNews.com: TNT’s “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” which rank as ad-supported cable’s top two series of all time, wrapped up their summer seasons last night with stellar deliveries. “The Closer,” starring newly crowned Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, chalked up 7.2 million viewers in Live + Same Day. “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, followed with 6.6 million viewers.
“TNT’s “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” have made this a summer to remember, from their record-breaking ratings to Kyra Sedgwick’s big night at the Emmys,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “’The Closer’ proved that a series in its sixth season can continue to reach entirely new creative levels while also building in audience. ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ brought two exciting new personalities to television and quickly established itself as a hit in its own right. We are extremely proud of both series and the tremendous success they have enjoyed.”
The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles summer 2010 ratings highlights include:
Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer rank as ad-supported cable’s #1 and #2 series of all time among viewers and households. The two series mark the first time in ad-supported cable history that a network has claimed two shows averaging more than 8 million viewers.
“Rizzoli & Isles” and “The Closer” also rank as the top scripted series on all of television in delivery of total viewers and households for Q3-to-date.
Last night’s summer finale of “The Closer” garnered an extraordinary 7,209,000 viewers and 5,426,000 households in Live + Same Day delivery. “Rizzoli & Isles” followed with 6,559,000 viewers and 5,047,000 households.
According to Live + 7 data through Aug. 23, the phenomenal first season of “Rizzoli & Isles” is averaging 8.7 million viewers and 6.4 million households. “The Closer,” which is in its sixth season, is enjoying its best numbers ever, with 8.4 million viewers and 6.2 million households in Live + 7, up 3% over last season.
“Rizzoli & Isles’” July 12 premiere holds the record as cable’s most successful series launch of all time, with more than 9 million viewers and 6.7 million households in Live + 7 delivery. The Aug. 9 episode currently ranks as ad-supported cable’s top scripted series telecast for the year-to-date, with 9.3 million viewers and 6.8 million households in Live + 7.
“The Closer’s” July 12 [...]

Kyra Sedgwick won’t be seeing her family around the set

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: EMMY AFTERMATH: Kyra Sedgwick, savoring her Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “The Closer,” had husband Kevin Bacon close by her side throughout the evening, even standing off-stage, sipping champagne as he watched her field questions in the press room. The couple isn’t getting togetherness time on her series set this year, however. Kevin isn’t directing any episodes of “The Closer’s” Season 6 because he’s busy with his own projects, according to Kyra. And their daughter Sosie, 18, isn’t coming back to the show in her role as Kyra’s niece – she’s too busy with her freshman year of college getting underway. Son Travis, 21, also flew the nest awhile ago. So this year, unlike the past five years of her “The Closer” duty, Sedgwick isn’t facing mixed emotions about leaving the family in New York to shoot her series in L.A.
Now that she finally has her Emmy, what honor could come next? The actress has heard there’s “talk of a wax museum figure. That’s a little strong, I think.”
Seriously, she’s happy focusing on the show and her now-iconic character, deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. “I’m always pushing for the personal stories. As an actor, that’s why I’m doing the job,” she observes. “I was offered procedurals in the past. The personal aspect is what got me on board our show. I think that’s the key to success.”
That and its truly Outstanding star.
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What you missed backstage from the Emmy Winners’ Circle

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: George Clooney proved again how utterly charming he is, Al Pacino quoted Michelangelo, and Kyra Sedgwick talked the fifth time being the charm backstage at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Maybe it was that First Amendment question that got things rolling. George Clooney, honored with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for his fund-raising work including this year’s multi-network telethon for Haiti earthquake relief, was asked about the conflict between wanting to maintain some kind of privacy in his life and his belief in the First Amendment.
He said firmly that, as the son of a newsman, “I always felt that the inconveniences I have are worth it rather than infringing on anyone else’s rights.”
Alrighty then, open season!
Clooney quickly deflected a question about his date – girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis — noting that “She picked me up in Italy” and yes, she was around.
He said he’d spent part of his day shooting hoops: “John Krasinski came over to my house with a bunch of guys to play basketball. If you see him later, well, he’s limping.”
Illustrating anew that the stars’ biggest fans are other stars, Clooney confessed to a moment of that star-struck feeling when he found himself with Al Pacino and Tom Selleck in the green room, and “suddenly I’m 14 years old. It’s very funny.”
He also gave the telecast its first glowing review: “The show is really good tonight. Jimmy Fallon is just really killing it. He’s just really funny.”
George on Prop 8 being lifted: “I think it’s terrific. Now it’s unlifted again…These are things that take a long time to change…People will look back on this period of history and think of it as an archaic time.”
George on his “ER” leading lady, Julianna Margulies, presenting his award: “It’s pretty great. We’ve stayed in touch. We’re good friends.”
Clooney talked about the namesake of his award, Bob Hope, noting, “It wasn’t just the USO shows. That’s something everybody remembers him for 50 years. He was one of the great charitable actors. He did it all, always a great sense of humor. He was fun. He’d just show up and do something.” Asked what he learned from Hope, Clooney, who knew the iconic comedian personally as a young man, recalled that “What you learn from him was, he didn’t take [...]

2010 Primetime Emmys Roundup

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Well, Neil Patrick Harris did not win the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy but with two already at home, he seemed to be in terrific spirits during the telecast.
Neil also managed one of the funnier lines of the evening when he said: “I’d like to thank the Academy for allowing a gay man to host show two years in a row. Congratulatons Jimmy [Fallon] you’re doing a great job!”
It was a pretty wonderfully gay Emmys starting with that glorious opening musical number where cast members from “Glee” including Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Amber Riley were joined by Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Jorge Garcia, Kate Gosselin (nooooo!) and a hilarious Betty White.
The first award went to Eric Stonestreet who plays one-half of the gay couple on ABC’s “Modern Family” followed by a win for openly gay Jane Lynch for role of straight cheer coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Archie Panjabi, who plays lesbian law firm investigator Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s “The Good Wife” won for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
Openly gay “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy won the Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series and said: “I’d like to dedicate this to all my teachers who taught me to sing and fingerpaint.”
I’m thrilled that Kyra Sedgwick finally, finally, won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “The Closer.”
She had lost the Emmy four straight years but finally managed to win despite stellar combination that included Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Glenn Close (“Damages”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”) and first-time nominee Connie Brittan (“Friday Night Lights”).
I love that Kyra asked presenter Tina Fey to hold her Emmy as she gave her speech in which she thanked her “kids who let me fly away when I needed tyo and who now are flyng away themelves.” She also thanked “my one and only love Kev [husband Kevin Bacon]. and to quote him, ‘Let’s all be good to each other.”
In the outstanding drama series actor, there seemed to be utter shock when Michael C. Hall was, once again, inexplicably passed over so the Academy could give Bryan Cranston his third consecutive Emmy for “Breaking Bad.” In another threepeat, “Mad Men” won for outstanding drama series. I’d be happier for the show if its only gay character, played by Bryan Batt, not been written out.
But “Modern Family,” [...]

Kyra Sedgwick beats out frontrunners to win her first Emmy

HollywoodNews.com: “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgwick is having the night of her life. She has just beat out frontrunners Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Glenn Close (“Damages”) to win her first Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama.
She beat out all predictions in a win that will sure to be a memorable one for the actress. In addition, “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi also became a first time winner for Supporting Drama Actress.
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