In this riveting hit drama series, CIA-trained detective Brenda Johnson, played by Kyra Sedgwick, plunges headfirst into unfamiliar territory when she’s transferred from Atlanta to the Los Angeles Police Department. Owing to her world-class interrogation and investigative skills, Brenda has been chosen to lead the LAPD’s Priority Homicide Division, a special unit that handles delicate, high-profile murder cases. Unfortunately, the hard-nosed Southern lady’s eccentric, tough-as-nails personality immediately rubs her new colleagues the wrong way in this male-dominated department. Resenting her quick ascent to the position of Deputy Police Chief, the unit’s veteran cops chafe at Brenda’s rigid management techniques and the Southern twang in which she delivers a syrupy sweet, yet decisively assertive, "Thank you" after dishing out orders.
Despite lack of popularity, Brenda was chosen to lead this exclusive team because of her expert interrogation skills, and she continually proves to her critics that she’s the perfect woman for the job. Brenda’s keen talent for delving into her subjects’ secrets and drawing confessions from them stems from profound understanding of her own neuroses and bizarre character flaws. In other words, she’s the ultimate closer.
Struggling to overcome past demons and gain the acceptance of colleagues, Brenda throws herself completely into work, doing whatever it takes to reveal the truth behind each and every one of her cases. Although Brenda sometimes receives support from her boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope, she generally must fend for herself in this new hostile work environment. When the stress becomes too much to bear, she slips back into her old habit of gorging on doughnuts, chocolate bars and other sugary snacks stashed away in her desk drawers. Though she occasionally attempts to revive her dwindling personal life, Brenda typically places her career above all else.
It’s no surprise that THE CLOSER is the #1 new original series for the year to date among adults 18-49 and 25-54. The gripping series stars two-time Golden Globe nominee Kyra Sedgwick (The Woodsman, Something to Talk About, TNT’s Door to Door) as the offbeat and feminine, yet powerfully determined Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson. THE CLOSER co-stars J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order, Oz) as Assistant Police Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds (The Terminal, Tony nominee for Hairspray) as Sgt. David Gabriel and Brenda’s right-hand man; Robert Gossett (Arlington Road, The Net) as Captain Taylor, head of the robbery homicide division; G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, St. Elsewhere) as Detective Lt. Provenza; Jon Tenney (You Can Count on Me, Get Real) as FBI Agent Fritz Howard and a close friend of Brenda’s who now lives in L.A.; Tony Denison (Melrose Place, The Amy Fisher Story) as Detective Andy Flynn; Raymond Cruz (Collateral Damage, Training Day) as Detective Julio Sanchez; Michael Paul Chan (Robbery Homicide Division, The Insider) as Detective Mike Tao; and Gina Ravera (The Temptations, Soul Food) as Detective Irene Daniels.
Executive-produced by Greer Shephard (Nip/Tuck, The D.A.), Michael M. Robin (Nip/Tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue) and James Duff (The D.A., The Agency), THE CLOSER is brought to TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles district attorney from 1992 to 2000 is a consulting producer on the series.