"The Closer" has been a cable TV ratings hit since its debut in 2005, and its success has a lot to do with its star, Kyra Sedgwick. It's no surprise that Sedgwick has earned two Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of deputy police chief Brenda Johnson, as she's made the quirky character a fascinating figure.
We all know women like Brenda, maybe a little too well: she's capable, even brilliant at work, but can't quite get it together personally. She's a slightly frumpy, somewhat ditzy, sweets-addicted southerner who ruffled feathers when she arrived in Los Angeles from Atlanta to work for her ex-boss—and ex-lover (J.K. Simmons), but earned reluctant respect from the boys' club because she can solve tough cases like nobody else, earning her the moniker "The Closer." Off the clock, she doesn't have it all figured out, though as Season Four begins, things are looking up—she's finally engaged to her FBI agent boyfriend Fritz (Jon Tenney).
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"The deeper I get into the character, the more nuances I find," says Sedgwick, enthusiastic about playing Brenda for another 15 episodes. "It's always fresh because it's always new." As the season begins, she and Fritz—with the emphasis on Fritz—are planning a wedding, and dealing with where they'll live, but it won't all be smooth sailing. Episode Three brings their biggest fight to date. "It's about her choices around work. There's a lot of issues there," Sedgwick points out. "They love each other a lot, but there are a lot of issues."
Brenda, who is divorced, hesitated to commit to Fritz in the past but accepted his proposal during a medical crisis when she learned she did not have cancer and will be able to have children if she has a procedure to correct an ovarian problem that brought on early menopause. "I think she loves his awareness of who he is, because she's so unaware of who she is," Sedgwick analyzes. "That is something that she just wishes she had, but she knows she never can have so she finds it in someone else."