Over the past six years, Kyra Sedgwick’s Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson has put some of Los Angeles’ most brutal killers behind bars. With her keen investigative instincts and brilliant interrogation techniques, Brenda often closes her cases by eliciting a confession or cornering a suspect through sometimes-questionable methods. Now, Brenda’s tactics are coming under the scrutiny of the L.A.P.D.’s new Chief of Police, who is on the verge of announcing an extensive reorganization that could spell the end of Major Crimes. The situation also has the potential of fracturing the family-like dynamic within the squad.
Sedgwick is joined by THE CLOSER’s extraordinary, Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated cast, including Jon Tenney as Brenda’s husband, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard, who often feels as if their marriage takes a back seat to Brenda’s cases; J.K. Simmons as Brenda’s current boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope, whose own career is about to experience a seismic shift; Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor, whose role in the department is on the verge of being redefined; Corey Reynolds as Brenda’s right-hand man Detective Sergeant David Gabriel, who is becoming increasingly disillusioned with her tactics; Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, whose insensitive comments and poor judgment have frequently caught Brenda’s ire; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, a seasoned veteran who serves as Brenda’s second in command, despite a record of embarrassing blunders; Michael Paul Chan as the squad’s tech guru, Lieutenant Mike Tao, whose obsessive attention to detail can try his colleagues’ patience; Raymond Cruz as gang expert Detective Julio Sanchez, who often allows his emotions to get the better of him; and Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson, who demands the utmost respect for the department’s equipment.
Joining THE CLOSER as a regular cast member this season is two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell, who has guest-starred in the prior two seasons as Captain Sharon Raydor. This year, Raydor’s newfound friendship with Brenda is challenged when L.A.P.D. Police Chief Tommy Delk (guest-star Courtney B. Vance) assigns her to an internal investigation involving Major Crimes.
Despite the whirlwind of controversy building around her, Brenda is determined to continue doing her job the best she can, and she expects the same of her squad members. Together, they will take on some of the toughest cases of their careers, beginning in the season opener with a multiple homicide that hits close to home for Gabriel. This season, the squad will also try to track down a missing boy who attends the summer camp where Tao’s son works. Flynn and Provenza will once again find themselves in hot water when an attempt to serve court papers goes horribly awry. Emmy-winning actor/director Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope, Sons of Anarchy, Northern Exposure) is set to guest-star in that episode as a financier targeted by his clients after he pulls off a Ponzi scheme.