Well I guess it really is true that all good things must come to an end.
After an uprecedentedly successful six seasons, TNT has announced that next years season seven of The Closer will be its last.
But the story of The Closeris more than just about ratings. It's about an amazing ensemble cast lead by the very talented Kyra Sedgwick with J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gosett, G.W. Bailey, Anthony John Denison, Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan, and John Tenny. The cast was perfect, but if perfect could be somehow perfected it was with the occasional addition of Mary McDonnell.
Each member, each character bring to the show an individuality that is rarely seen in episodic television. Too often shows rely on gimmicks, or one or two characters who carry the weight of the entier show. And while it is true that Sedgwick is the center of the cast and storylines. Every other character has developed into interesting members in their own right.
On a recent blog site, someone commented that because the ensemble was so strong, perhpas the show could have gone on without Sedgwick. And, to be honest, this is probably one of the rarest instances where I could agree with a series continuing without its star.
Granted I would hope that her character could make an appearance form time to time, but that hope is gone. The decision has been made and I guess, when push comes to shove, I would rather the show go out on a high note, then go out in a whimper.
If you haven't had a chance to see The Closer, I suggest you catch an episode. It airs Monday's at 9:00pm on TNT as well as syndication.