TNT’s THE CLOSER – Set Visit

The Closer - Kyra Sedgwick

A couple of weeks ago, Daemon’s TV and other press outlets were invited on the set of 3 of TNT’s original shows.

Fist up, I would like to talk about THE CLOSER, which is returning for an all new season on July 14 at 9pm on TNT.

We met the cast during their lunch break and got to speak to all of them in groups.

The Closer - Anthony Denison (Detective Andy Flynn), G.W. Bailey (Detective Lt. Provenza), Gina Ravera (Detective Irene Daniels)

First, we talked to Anthony Denison (Detective Andy Flynn), G.W. Bailey (Detective Lt. Provenza), Gina Ravera (Detective Irene Daniels), and Phillip Keene (Buzz Watson).

Here is what they had to say about the new season:

  • They mentioned that episode 5 was an homage to Alfred Hitchcock and featured baseball.
  • In this season, the characters keep evolving, but it’s very subtle.
  • Provenza is more vulnerable this season, and even though Flynn and him get into it, Flynn always covers his back at the end of the day.
  • Buzz Watson comes out of his electronic room a little more this season. He’s going to get more and exposure and will have more things to do.
  • When we ask them whether they wish they had more to do on the show, G.W. Baily answered that actors always want more to do. (Ha! Ain’t that true.) But at the same time they talked about the respect they have for each other.
  • Plus they mentioned how the show is really about guest stars. But the thing is, the guest stars cannot be too well known, otherwise it doesn’t work.
  • Speaking of guest stars, they told us to watch out for Jennifer Coolidge’s episode.
  • The episode they were shooting on that day was episode 6 called “Problem Child.”
  • G.W. Baily and Gina Ravera were laughing at the fact that out of 5 and half pages, G.W. only has one line and he knows when he’s supposed to say it because it comes after Gina’s line. And turns out she knows when to say her line because it’s after someone else (can’t remember which character) says their line. Ha!
The Closer - Robert Gossett (Commander Taylor), J.K. Simmons (Asst. Police Chief Will Pope), Michael Paul Chan (Lieutenant Mike Tao), and Raymond Cruz (Detective Julio Sanchez)

Second, we talked to James Duff (creator), Robert Gossett (Commander Taylor), J.K. Simmons (Asst. Police Chief Will Pope), Michael Paul Chan (Lieutenant Mike Tao), and Raymond Cruz (Detective Julio Sanchez).

Here is what they had to say about the new season:

  • It’s good to be on Season 4! (Oh yes it is!)
  • Season 4 is going to explore issues of power. It is usually viewed as negative thing, but we live in the illusion that we are in control. This season will explore the effect of the lack of power. James Duff explained “What is power in front of a fire?” He jokes that you can’t bring it in the room and ask it why it got so hot.
  • The Closer‘s theme obviously starts with the homicide detectives and they dramatize that to show where the power really is in life.
  • It’s all about money. (Ain’t that true!)
  • This season will also give the actors a chance to do different things.
  • Robert Gossett mentioned that the scripts are really rich this season. To which James Duff responded that it is easy to write for the cast because they are a collaborative team, and they have a tight creative relationship. In fact, the cast has a strong appreciation for the writers and every season they work closer together.
The Closer - Kyra Sedgwick (Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson), Corey Reynolds (Sgt. David Gabriel), and Jon Tenney (FBI Agent Fritz Howard)

And third, we talked to Kyra Sedgwick (Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson), Corey Reynolds (Sgt. David Gabriel), and Jon Tenney (FBI Agent Fritz Howard).

Here is what they had to say about the new season:

  • Even though Kyra Sedgwick never could play, as she puts it, “the girl,” with her role as Brenda Johnson she gets a lot of mail from women who see her as a role model.
  • Kyra Sedgwick also talked about the freedom she gets from doing a southern accent, because “it’s so far away from who you are.”
  • When asked how difficult it is to leave Brenda behind, she said that it was an all consuming body take over for 6 months (so I’m guessing it’s not that easy).
  • She also talked about how more fulfilling TV is in some ways because it’s very fast paced and you have to be ready on the first take.
  • As to whether she actually eats all the sweets Brenda devours, turns out she does eat them and likes it, although she does spit some of them out.
  • Corey Reynolds doesn’t have as much experience as some of the rest of the cast. He mentioned how Kyra Sedgwick is an open slate as to what a scene will be. She gives you the versatility to send it back the way you want. It’s all very organic.
  • Corey Reynolds talked about being a fan of Jon Tenney, and that he actually had tears in his eyes when he saw the scene where Fritz proposes to Brenda.
  • Jon Tenney explained how The Closer is a character piece. During the read through before each episode, they pay a lot of attention to the characters. And I found this next part really interesting, the camera operators are told that if they find something interesting to shoot it. (Can you imagine that maybe your favorite moment in The Closer was caught by accident, how awesome!)
  • In addition to being about power, this season will also focus on whether Brenda and Fritz are really getting married.
  • The fact that you actually see the arc of a series is another compelling thing about television, because it’s not something you see with a movie. Even more, because cable usually only has about 15 episodes season (compared to 22 on network TV), it makes it more doable to do an arc that is truthful.
  • Finally, to leave you with a fun quote, Corey Reynolds talked about his future plans and turns out: “I want my own Dreamworks.”

So there you have it. Now all that’s left to do is tune in to TNT on July 14 at 9pm and watch the Season 4 premiere of The Closer.