- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 12, 2005

Kyra ‘The Closer’

Add actress Kyra Sedgwick to the list of actors who swore off television roles only to backpedal when the right one came along.

For Miss Sedgwick it was Brenda Johnson, the tough and talented detective at the heart of the new TNT series “The Closer.”

The show, premiering at 9 tonight commercial free, follows a hard-nosed Atlanta crime fighter known for “closing” difficult cases.

It’s TNT’s first significant foray into original series production since “Witchblade” wrapped three years ago, and a chance for the network to rub elbows with the likes of FX, HBO and Showtime.

The show lets Miss Sedgwick, known in some circles as Mrs. Kevin Bacon, tackle television without sacrificing too much of her personal life.

“It was definitely not something I was looking for … but it’s only thirteen episodes and Kevin generously offered to stay home with the kids,” the mother of two says.

On screen, Miss Sedgwick can be sassy one moment, tough as the proverbial nail the next. She shined in “Something to Talk About” and provided able support in the dark redemption tale “The Woodsman.”

With “The Closer,” she stars as the embattled head of a Priority Murder Squad, someone who doesn’t mind stepping on her colleagues’ toes.

“She doesn’t take it personally,” the actress says, even when one calls her the dreaded “b-word.”

Brenda’s Southern roots add to her character’s dimensions, she says.

“They’re rather genteel. … It’s a disarming quality she has. People think she’s a pushover or dumb but she’s neither,” she says.

The detective also is what Miss Sedgwick calls a “closet eater” and someone whose steely exterior hides a surprising vulnerability.

Miss Sedgwick, who cites Helen Mirren’s sleuthing saga “Prime Suspect” as a cop show she admires, says her image in the eyes of Hollywood has changed throughout her career.

“When I was younger, it was ‘she’s so sweet.’ Then I did ‘Personal Velocity’ and ‘Something to Talk About’ and ‘The Woodsman.’ Then it’s ‘she’s so tough,’” she says. “Everybody remembers the last thing they’ve seen you in.”

Carlson’s new ‘Situation’

Conservative journalist Tucker Carlson makes the leap from CNN to MSNBC official tonight with the dawn of his new cable show.

“The Situation with Tucker Carlson,” airing weeknights at 9 on MSNBC, will feature the bow-tied talker dissecting the day’s events and various topics ranging from hard news to pop culture. Expect a panel of contributors chiming in, including conservative radio show host Jay Severin and Air America personality Rachel Maddow.

Mr. Carlson joined MSNBC in February after serving as a co-host on CNN’s “Crossfire” debate show. He also hosts the PBS series “Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered,” which will continue through the end of the month.

The veteran journalist has served as a columnist for New York magazine and Reader’s Digest, and currently contributes to Esquire, the Weekly Standard and the New York Times.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.


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