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#2190 - 09/09/11 12:44 AM Television 2011-2012
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It's that time.

The Closer is closing, but not all the way. Major Crimes, the spin-off starring Mary McDonnell, was originally planned to begin one week after the Closer finale and in the same time slot, but a hasty web search failed to turn up a confirmed start date. The finale is next week, so we'll know soon enough.

But here's something interesting. Brenda Leigh Johnson's civil case winds up next week (the finale), and what happens to Brenda depends upon a judge's decision. I read an interview with Mary McDonnell in which she said after the first season of Major Crimes, when the show has had time to settle into its routine, it was quite likely that Chief Johnson would return for a few guest appearances. Chief Johnson.

Now, this was not a recent interview; it took place while Major Crimes was still in the planning stages. Maybe it was just a trial balloon. Or maybe it's true. Your guess is as good as mine. I hope it's true -- that would be a much more satisfying ending than having Brenda leave under a cloud.

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#2191 - 09/09/11 11:24 AM Re: Television 2011-2012
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I haven't been watching The Closer recently, but Chief Johnson has been her title all along. Evidently, she's still there, and Major Crimes will involve other people in the unit. I wonder if McDonnell will keep that wonderful evil whisper going?
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#2192 - 09/09/11 09:27 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Ah, that's right...Assistant Chief, but addressed as "Chief". But if Raydor is going to run Major Crimes (Johnson's current job), and Johnson is still around to make guest appearances...where/what is she, exactly?

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#2193 - 09/09/11 11:37 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Hm, that's the question. I suppose she could get some kind of "lateral promotion" that lets her retain her title. The one thing that makes me dubious about a promotion is the lack of time. We'd have to see her working a new case, cleared of the civil suit charges, promoted, and Raydor brought in as the new head of the Major Crimes squad -- in 60 minutes minus time for commercials. They could dispense with the new case, I suppose, but that still leaves a lot to be crowded into the last episode.

But suppose all that does happen, what would be a good last line to be uttered in The Closer? Maybe Raydor addressing her new squad for the first time: "Now, there are going to be some changes around here."

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#2194 - 09/13/11 10:41 AM Re: Television 2011-2012
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That was NOT The Closer's finale! The channel guide said it was, but there's no way that could be right.

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#2195 - 09/13/11 11:56 AM Re: Television 2011-2012
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TV Guide said so too, but there was nothing final in that finale. No closure, just a closing shot of Brenda looking troubled.

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#2196 - 09/13/11 12:12 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Some sort of screw-up and the PR release had the wrong date. At least that solves the problem of how to squeeze so much into one episode, although we're not really any closer to a wrap-up since Brenda is facing new charges.

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#2197 - 09/13/11 12:13 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Poor Brenda! She has left a lot of skeletons in the closet that will come back to haunt her in the future! That lawyer appears to be on a crusade to stalk her for he rest of her life.

It looks as if she'll resign while being sued in federal court. If McDonnell is going to take over the unit, he changes may take place off screen--but I wonder if he McDonnell show will make it?
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#2198 - 09/13/11 01:01 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Yes, that looks as if that's the direction the show is following -- back to the original concept of having Brenda resign or get fired. And that leaves the question of how she can still be around for guest appearances once Raydor takes over the major crimes unit.

Something is really screwed up in the scheduling. The listings say that next Monday we'll see the same episode that was shown this week.

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#2199 - 09/14/11 07:03 PM Re: Television 2011-2012
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Did anyone watch the premiere of Ringer last night?

Sarah Michelle Gellar reminds me...Barbara, somewhere you mentioned losing an episode of Buffy when your DVR died, and I asked if you were a Buffy fan. Did you see that?

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