EXCLUSIVE: Boss star Kelsey Grammer and former Closer star Kyra Sedgwick have been added to the ensemble cast of Reach Me. Entourage’s Kevin Connolly, former Hung star Thomas Jane, Tom Berenger and Cary Elwes have also joined the John Herzfeld-directed film. Reach Me follows several characters whose lives cross and smash into each other due to a self-help book and its football coach author. Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Henstridge, Danny Aiello, Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick and rapper Nelly also appear in the film, which is currently shooting. Herzfeld, who previously directed 2 Days In The Valley and the Robert De Niro starrer 15 Minutes, wrote the script for Reach Me too. Rebekah Chaney and Cassian Elwes are producing the film. Seraphim Films Productions is financing Reach Me with Paradox Entertainment. Jane is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. Elwes is repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment. Connolly is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. Berenger is repped by Evolution Entertainment. Sedgwick is repped by UTA and Impression Entertainment. Grammer is repped by WME.
This is a shocker. TNT’s flagship series The Closer is coming to an end with next year’s seventh season as its last. This was not a result of contract negotiations gone bad. The contract of star Kyra Sedgwick is up at the end of Season 7 and, like The Office‘s Steve Carell, she decided to move on. Unlike The Office, TNT and The Closer producer Warner Bros. TV opted to end the series with their star leaving. But The Closer is much more of a single-lead show than The Office. “Kyra is The Closer, it’s like continuing The Mentalist without Simon Baker,” one insider noted. Sedgwick, who has been commuting from New York where she lives with her family to Los Angeles where The Closer films, is certainly leaving on a high note. She just won an Emmy for The Closer in August. Also in the summer, the show helped launch TNT’s most promising new series since The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles. That would probably soften the blow to TNT from losing its signature series. The Closer remains the most watched basic cable series of all time and, in its sixth season, which is still underway, it went up from Season 5 in the ratings, a rare feat for a veteran series. Here is TNT’s release:
TNT’s long-running, breakout hit THE CLOSER will wrap up its phenomenal run with a final season in 2011. The difficult decision to conclude the series with season seven was made by Kyra Sedgwick, the Emmy-winning star of THE CLOSER.
“It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought THE CLOSER to TNT viewers,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “THE CLOSER was a pivotal series in setting a new course for TNT’s original programming, while also serving as a prime example of the storytelling strength possible on cable television.”
“I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on THE CLOSER,” Sedgwick said. “I will always be grateful to James Duff for his love and friendship, as well as for creating such a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year. Mike, Greer, Rick and all of our outstanding cast and crew are forever in my heart. I want to thank TNT and Warner Bros. Television, as well as the incredible fans of THE CLOSER, for all of their unwavering support over the last seven years.”
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actress race:
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