Two More Black Actors Out Of A Job: TNT’s Top Lady Cop Calls It Quits

- By Bossip Staff

It seems like “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick has decided it’s time to do something else with her life. The TNT show’s 2011 season will be it’s last, according to reports.

Which means we can add Corey Reynolds and Robert Gossett to the list of unemployed Black actors.

Farewell, Brenda Leigh Johnson! According to TNT, their network-defining drama The Closer is closing down late in 2011. By the time the series wraps, after a 15-episode seventh season, the show will have produced 100-plus episodes of the Los Angeles-based crime procedural starring Kyra Sedgwick.

So why is the network shutting down a winning series that has long had some of the best ratings of any show on cable?

Per the network, “The difficult decision to conclude the series with season seven was made by Kyra Sedgwick.” Network and studio bosses then went on to praise the show’s winning formula and Sedgwick’s Emmy-winning portrayal of the hard-driving Southern belle. The head of Turner Networks, Steven Koonin says, “It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought The Closer to TNT viewers.”

Production on season seven begins in the spring, with the final episodes will no doubt air during the summer, when The Closer will likely be paired again with TNT’s other lady-cop drama, Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Must be nice to be able to afford to just up and quit on folks, without thinking about your fans. Or the two brothers you’re putting out of a job. You know times are hard for Black actors! We would’ve never done you like that, Brenda Leigh!

Y’all see how she waited until after “over 100 episodes” though, right? You know what that means? Yup! Syndication and wild royalty paper. Kevin Bacon ain’t marry no fool.


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