TNT said its crime series “The Closer” will end after its seventh season next year in a decision made by Kyra Sedgwick, the show’s star.
The program, often the most-watched on cable television, will conclude with a 15-episode season, the Time Warner Inc.- owned network said today in an e-mailed statement. Sedgwick won an Emmy this year for her lead role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson.
The role involved “a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year,” Sedgwick said in the statement.
“The Closer,” which follows the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes unit, helped TNT break into more original scripted programming after its 2005 premiere. The show and the new series “Rizzoli & Isles” averaged more than 8 million viewers in 2010, ranking as cable’s top two programs, according to TNT.
The show was created by executive producer James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace and Sedgwick. It’s produced by Shephard/Robin Co. and New York-based Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Television.
Time Warner rose 40 cents to $31.79 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have gained 9.1 percent this year.