Monday is a night of endings and new beginnings. It’s the “Closer” season finale at 9 p.m., followed by the premiere of “Major Crimes” at
Spoiler alert: Go no further if you are behind on episodes. Skip down to the NBC item.
OK, so what did you think of the anti-leak? That’s what I’m calling it. It was a real cop out, pun intended, if you ask me.
For months we’ve been left wondering who the department leak is, only to find out there really wasn’t one. How lame. It was Sgt. Gabriel’s girlfriend, who has only appeared in one other episode. And who could fault David for letting off a little steam with his lady love? Detective Sanchez, that’s who. Notice he never accepted the sergeant’s apology.
Major props to Kyra Sedgwick for a brilliant performance throughout this episode. She says more with a look than most actors do with two pages of dialogue. Handling the fallout from the death of Brenda’s mother, Willie Ray, and a possible traitor in her midst, all while juggling the case of the week: Amazing!
In case you missed it, check out my interview from April with the “Closer’s” Tony Denison. It’s available at naplesnews.com. He discusses the ending of the show, and also “Major Crimes.”
From April: Will a main character die? Denison called the prospect “interesting.”
He said only that there will be some “fallout” leading up to the end of “The Closer” and carrying itself into “Major Crimes.” Was he talking about Brenda’s mom or someone else?
Denison’s partner in crime and comedy, G.W. Bailey (Lt. Provenza), will return for “Major Crimes,” along with regulars Michael Paul Chan (Tao), Raymond Cruz (Sanchez) and Phillip P. Keene (Buzz). Robert Gossett’s Commander Taylor is getting a promotion.
J.K. Simmons (Will Pope) and Corey Reynolds (Sgt. David Gabriel) will not be a part of the new show.
Be sure to catch tonight’s finale and premiere. Then, drop me a line at bgreen@naples
news.com and let me know your thoughts.
NBC NEWS’ Olympic gains
With a prime time in ruins and a late night that’s a shadow of its former self, all NBC had to cheer about was its news division.
But as of late, ABC had made gains into that territory with a surging “ABC World News” with Diane Sawyer and “Good Morning America.”
Relief! During this Olympics period, “NBC Nightly News” posted some record-setting numbers. Similarly, NBC’s “Today” show has also been getting a significant boost from the Olympics and has dominated the morning nationally.
On Aug. 3, “Today” had 6.5 million viewers, its best total in more than a year.
Average viewership for “Nightly News,” which has been broadcast from London during the Games, soared to an enormous number for the week: 10.85 million, about three million more than its recent average. The program also scored its best-ever advantage over both ABC’s and CBS’s evening newscasts.
As we told you last week, locally, NBC 2 has also been benefiting greatly from the games. Check out that column at naplesnews.com.
Cutting the cord
Are Netflix, You Tube and the ilk causing folks to cut their ties with cable? That’s what the Wall Street Journal recently asked.
Their reports say the pay-TV industry lost about 400,000 subscribers in the second quarter, the latest sign that cord-cutting may be under way.
Shalini Ramachandran writes: “Publicly traded cable, satellite and phone companies had a combined net loss of about 200,000 subscribers in the quarter, earnings reports showed, about 0.2 percent of the roughly 100 million pay-TV subscribers.”
She continues: “A sustained decline in the number of people subscribing to pay TV has ramifications for pay-TV operators and for TV channels, most of which share in the fees paid by subscribers. Big entertainment companies generate much of their profits from subscription fees paid to TV channels.”
Have you cut the cord? Do you plan to do so in the next year? Let me know your thoughts: email@example.com.
Superhero fans rejoice
“The Avengers” director Joss Whedon will develop a live-action Marvel TV series for ABC.
The project from the man behind the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” TV series was recently announced by ABC, Disney chief Bob Iger.
Any connection between the TV project and the feature film would reportedly be loose, using some of its themes and feel, but not necessarily the same characters since Whedon is currently working on a big screen “Avengers” sequel.
ABC is also working on a live-action reboot of “The Hulk” from filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (“Hellboy”) and David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”).
Only problem: We, as fans, expect the big-budget effects and action that’s hard to come by on a TV budget.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.