Wednesday, 2 June 2010

TV Meme, Day 2: A Show More People Should Watch

Crime drama procedurals are really a dime a dozen. Yet, when I think of show that more people should pay attention to I can't help but gravitate to a particular show about a police from Georgia who arrives in Los Angeles to deal with crime head on. The Closer is a show that grew from one I liked to one I can't help but love and considering that it's "merely" a crime drama, you may wonder...what makes it worth seeing? Good question. Two words - Kyra Sedgwick.
At this moment Ms. Sedgwick has earned four consecutive nominations for Best Actress in A Drama at the Emmy's. She had the misfortune to  lose to Mariska Hargitay of that dreaded crime show in her first year - a year where she was head and shoulders above the competition. Sedgwick has continued turning out excellent performances, but I'm unsure who's watching. Still the vieweriship of 5ML per season is not horrible, but it deserves better because The Closer is more than just a run of the mill show focusing on crimes week after week. It fails to fall  into the trap that so many procedurals do. The Closer has a cast of "people" and not "types".

Week after week the show's main cast are more interesting than the guests and that's what makes The Closer special. It's supposed to be like that. We're invested in the machinations of Brenda and Fritz. We like to see her fighting with J.K. Simmons' perfectly played Assistant Chief Pope. Sometimes it seems The Closer even forgets that its a crime procedural and not a straight drama - and it's all for the better. I don't know if Kyra will ever get that Emmy it deserves, I don't know if this upcoming sixth season will be its last. But I do know that I love The Closer, and chances are you might too.
This entry is part of my ongoing meme on TV Moments


Luke said...

You know, this has been a tough one for me to latch on to. I don't think I've ever seen a full episode, but the awards clips I'm always seeing tend to worry me. I'm a fan of Sedgwick's, but the accent is what sort of turns me off to it. But you've kind of sold me here. I'm going to have to check it out for myself. (And it appears that we're one day apart in the meme... sad. :(

Jose said...

Interesting endorsement.
I have never seen an episode of this because I have a semi strict "anti law-cop-doctor TV shows" watching policy.
Would you insist I watched it?

Jess said...

That's a great post. I posted a similar one for my Day 2 post. I love the Closer, and one of the things I really like about it is that there is no reason to watch the show in order. Yes, there are characters that change and develop, but that's not part of the plot, each story stands alone really well.
Bones is like that too.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

luke the dreaded accent…if it’s bothering you, you may not be able to ignore it. As someone with NO experience with real southern people i have no idea about its accuracy, but she has of emoting and even throwing in some physical comedic bits i wonder at times what she’d be like without it. truth be told, though, it was years before i realised that that was not her normal speaking voice.

jose when you say “semi strict” which ones do you allow? i don’t think i'd insist you watch it, but there are some episodes to un-generic and a few with some excellent character studies i do think you’d like it…but then, i have no idea what you like on tv (other than liz lemon).

jess glad it has its fans.