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TNT's hit show 'The Closer' to end its run

KYRA SEDGWICK FOR

KYRA SEDGWICK FOR "THE CLOSER"
Brenda Johnson keeps coming back. This is Sedgwick's fifth straight nomination. And still, nada. Photo Credit: TNT

TNT says its hit drama "The Closer" will be closing up shop next year.

The network announced Friday that the detective series will conclude its run after a seventh season. Production of those final 15 episodes is scheduled to begin next spring, The Associated Press reports.

TNT says the series' Emmy-winning star, Kyra Sedgwick, decided to conclude the show's successful run.

On the show, Sedgwick plays Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a transplanted Atlantan with a sweet tooth and a gift for solving murders.

Currently airing its sixth season, "The Closer," which began in 2005, is averaging more than 8 million viewers weekly.

Meanwhile, David Hasselhoff has been beached by the A&E Network. The cable channel said Friday it has yanked the former "Baywatch" star's reality show off the air after only two episodes. Eight completed episodes will remain unaired.

"The Hasselhoffs" featured the actor and his two daughters, who are aspiring to get into show biz. The Nielsen Co. says the first episode was seen by 718,000 viewers, and the audience sank to 505,000 the second week.

That means more than half the people who watched the show preceding "The Hasselhoffs" on A&E's Sunday schedule, "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels," turned the TV off or changed channels when Hasselhoff appeared. The Kiss musician's show had an audience of 1.4 million.

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