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TV Junkie: Monday - "The Closer" and "Saving Grace" are Back

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Season four of "the #1 ad-supported cable series of all time", aka TNT's "The Closer" returns to TV tonight. I've always had a problem with this series, whether it was the annoying music, Kyra Sedgwick's overpainted lips and weird accent, or the fact that her character, LAPD Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, has somehow attained the status of Deputy Police Chief despite being "hopeless at LAPD politics". Still, the series is well-funded, looks decent and the supporting cast is capable. The series is interesting on a basic level by having Sedgwick's Johnson in the very human, read "quirky", female lead in a cast that is almost 100% men - she does seem very isolated and you do pull for her. Unfortunately the season premiere has two laughable caricatures: a super-hipster "Times" reporter and a "crazy" psychopath arsonist who has jokes worthy of the original "Batman" TV series; hopefully the tone of the season won't be established by this first episode.

America's favorite cougar, Holly Hunter, is back on TV tonight with "Saving Grace" - for those who are totally into self-abuse, check out TNT's show-related website "Embrace Your Grace", it's shamefully bad. Turns out that alterna-girl Christina Ricci will be guest starring for three episodes later this season.

Also, check out G4 with its live broadcast from E3 '08.

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