Mary McDonnell, ‘Major Crimes’ Take Their Place at Last

So, the long goodbye is almost over.  After a year of talking about the end of “The Closer” and the beginning of “Major Crimes” — the departure of  Kyra Sedgwick and the promotion of Mary McDonnell — the transition finally is taking place tomorrow night (8/13).  Beginning at 9 o’clock, “The Closer” ends with a  heartfelt finale, followed by “Major Crimes’” debut at 10. Will this old-cast-with-new-lead gambit prove a success, as in, say, Kirstie Alley coming aboard “Cheers” or …

The ‘Dallas’ Finale Goes Wild

Gather your “Dallas” friends, plan your barbeque.  The season finale of TV’s No. 1 new cable drama of 2012 gets unveiled Wednesday (8/8) and I can promise you a wealth of captivating  moments. Having watched the first batch of seven episodes together last spring, my mother, who is 81, and daughter, who is 20, and I reconvened to view the season ender, “Revelations.”  Once again, laughing in surprise and shouting at the TV ensued, from all three generations. There’s a …

Good TV This Week: Kyra Sedgwick and Eric McCormack

Kyra Sedgwick’s “The Closer” returns to the TNT lineup for its final batch of six original episodes tomorrow night (7/9) – and they’re absolutely must-see viewing for fans of the smart, bitingly funny police procedural.  Sedgwick’s candy-gobbling Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is well on her way to her day of reckoning for all those rules she’s been bending, smashing and ignoring through these seven seasons of squeezing, tricking, cajoling and seducing confessions from her criminal quarry. Will Brenda be …

Good TV This Week: ‘Falling Skies’ and Noah Wyle are Back

TNT’s “Falling Skies” is getting fan and critical applause for its upgrade of the alien beings seen on the Steven Spielberg-produced show — among the improvements made thanks to the budgetary increases in the wake of Season 1′s success.  I asked star Noah Wyle his feelings about those earth-invading beings.  “You have to pay homage to the man you’re working for.  You don’t show the shark ’til the third act,” he said with a laugh, referencing Spielberg’s “Jaws.” Seriously, “I …