A record-setting season premiere and strong follow-up audiences have ensured "The Closer" won't be closing down anytime soon.
TNT has renewed its highly rated series for a third season, which will debut in the summer of 2007. The renewal comes only three weeks into "The Closer's" third season, but the early returns are pretty hard to ignore.
The series' second-season premiere drew 8.3 million viewers, a record for a scripted series on basic cable. Last week's episode didn't quite reach those heights, but it still drew a very strong 6.1 million viewers. (Figures for Monday's episode weren't available.
"This show has been everything we hoped for and more," says Michael Wright, head of original programming for TNT and TBS. "With Kyra [Sedgwick] leading the way, a pitch-perfect cast around her and brilliant directors and producers working with fantastic scripts every week, 'The Closer' has proven it is one of the most entertaining shows on television. We are extremely proud to renew it and look forward to another fantastic year working with everyone involved."
"The Closer" centers on Sedgwick's Brenda Johnson, a deputy chief in the LAPD who specializes in interrogations and extracting confessions from suspects. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role earlier this year and is considered a contender for an Emmy nod next week.