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Tuesday, August 21 2012

Murder, They Watched: Are the French Obsessed with American Crime Drama?

Why are there so many American police procedurals on French TV? Is it because French women have a massive crush on David Caruso? This and other hypotheses come to mind...


Monday, August 13 2012

'The Closer' Ends and 'Major Crimes' Begins

Mary McDonnell begins her series already framed as the anti-Deputy Chief Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick). Now she grapples with what Johnson leaves behind.

Monday, July 11 2011

'The Closer' Season Seven Premiere

As always, Lt. Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is navigating a bureaucratic police culture by means of her signature spunk and feminine know-how.

Sunday, December 5 2010

'The Closer' Sixth Season Return

As usual in The Closer, professional and personal politics intersect.

Sunday, July 11 2010

'The Closer': Season Six Premiere

In the new season of The Closer, the squad's new building -- all long hallways and shiny interview rooms -- brings out still more of Brenda Johnson's behavioral tics.

Sunday, June 7 2009

The Closer: Season Five Premiere

As The Closer evolves both formally and thematically, Brenda and her team are forced to reflect on their own assumptions and actions.


Sunday, August 5 2007

40something (and up) women are taking over cable TV

Holly Hunter told a story recently about secretly convening seven years ago with other top actresses, including Kyra Sedgwick and Mary-Louise Parker, who hatched a

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