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WHV Press Release: The Closer: The Fourth Season

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#1 of 1 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 10 2009 - 07:45 AM

THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, AWARD-WINNING POLICE DRAMA THE CLOSER COMES TO DVD MAY 26, 2009 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO Kyra Sedgwick Earns Fourth Consecutive Golden Globe Nomination For Her Talented Performance as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson Four-Disc Set Features All 15 Episodes from the Fourth Season and All-New Bonus Features, Including a Gag Reel and Unaired Scenes BURBANK, CA (March 10, 2009) – Warner Home Video (WHV) brings the fourth season of cable television’s critically acclaimed series The Closer to DVD May 26, 2009. Titled The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season, the release stars the multiple award–winning and gifted actress Kyra Sedgwick as one of television’s feistiest and most provocative police women. This DVD will showcase all 15 episodes from the series’ fourth year, as well as bonus material in a four-disc collection. The release will be timed to the show’s fifth season premiere on TNT. The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season will retail for $39.98 SRP. Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Kyra Sedgwick portrays Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a CIA-trained detective who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Homicide Division, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite her offbeat personality and tendency to step on people’s toes, Brenda’s tough-as-nails approach and track record prove her to be one of the country’s leading investigators. Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is an expert “closer.” However, her quirky attitude and hard-nosed approach to her job sometimes rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. On the fourth season of The Closer, murderers are not the only ones giving Brenda a hard time. An ambitious newspaper reporter interferes as he tries to get a story on the Priority Homicide Division, resulting in disaster for the squad. Although Brenda and her team chalk up a string of successes (including catching a child’s killer, a drive-by shooter and an arsonist who sets L.A.’s Griffith Park ablaze), the reporter’s unflattering tell-all marks the end of the PHD. But viewers shouldn’t ever count Brenda out. She brings her staff to the newly formed Major Crimes Division for assignments with expanded jurisdiction that extends to con artists, kidnappers, predators and, of course, killers. All of L.A.’s worst are going to meet L.A’s best. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno), Corey Reynolds (The Guardian), Robert Gossett (Passions), G.W. Bailey (The Jeff Foxworthy Show), Tony Denison (Prison Break), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development), Raymond Cruz (Training Day), Gina Ravera (ER), Phillip P. Keene (Home) and Jon Tenney (The Division). “When a series earns major award nominations and wins for each season since its inception, you know you’ve got a rare and exceptional television program on your hands. That is consistently the case with The Closer. We feel privileged to be associated with this remarkable show,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “Kyra Sedgwick is dazzling in her role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. Her outstanding performance combined with the show’s powerful story lines and brilliant production is what makes this a real stand-out police drama, and we are pleased to offer it to consumers.” Bonus Features on the DVD set include: F A “Day in the Life” of a Homicide Detective: – An engrossing featurette hosted by actor Corey Reynolds (Det. Sgt. David Gabriel) that spotlights Reynolds as he rides along with an LAPD detective. F Catching a Lie – A compelling featurette that teaches viewers how interrogators know a suspect is telling a lie. The FBI as well as other highly trained interrogators are taught unique and specific ways to catch a potential suspect in a lie. The technique and mannerisms are so precise that the results are almost identical to those of an actual lie detector test. Viewers visit with an actual member of the FBI as they discuss what to look for and how one can spot tell-tale signs. F Gag Reel F Unaired Scenes The fourth season of The Closer earned Sedgwick a fourth consecutive Golden Globe® nomination. She won the award in 2007 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama. Sedgwick also earned Emmy® Award nominations for each of the first three seasons of The Closer as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance on all four seasons of the show. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category during the show’s first, third and fourth seasons. The series was created by James Duff (The D.A., The Agency) and is executive produced by Duff along with Michael M. Robin and Greer Shephard, the team behind the groundbreaking series Nip/Tuck. Sedgwick is a co-executive producer. The Closer first premiered on June 13, 2005, on TNT.


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