July 5, 2012 3:00 PM

TV review: Moral complexity deepens drama on ‘The Closer’

Brenda Leigh Johnson can still make killers talk. She cajoles, she yells, she soothes. She bluffs about plea deals and lies about evidence. She’s a walking weekly reminder to always shut up and call a lawyer. Since 2005, “The Closer” has been basic cable’s proudly cerebral, bitingly funny police procedural. Kyra Sedgwick won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work as the steel-spined, CIA-trained interrogator with a closet full of floral prints to match her syrupy Southern accent.

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