THE CLOSER Makes Mary McDonnell a Series Regular

THE CLOSER is gearing up for its announced final season and possibly beyond. TV Line reports that Mary McDonnell, who has been recurring on the TNT drama for the last two seasons as Captain Sharon Raydor, is being promoted to series regular.

The seventh season is only The Closer‘s last because Kyra Sedgwick decided she was ready to leave the show, and TNT made it clear in January that it wants the show to continue in some fashion, so it’s possible that making McDonnell’s increased role could be a prelude to her leading a spin-off.

Show producers have ample time to make a decision about The Closer‘s future and gauge McDonnell’s popularity since the twenty-one episode seventh season will be split with ten episodes airing this summer, five this winter, and the final six in summer 2012.

Will you be happy to see more of Sharon Raydor? What do you think of a Mary McDonnell-led spin-off?

The seventh and final season of The Closer premieres on TNT Monday, July 11 at 9pm eastern/8 central.