Close to Home (2005 TV series)

Close to Home is an American crime drama television series co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television for CBS. While in pre-production the series was known as American Crime.[1] It first aired from October 4, 2005 to May 11, 2007 and starred actress Jennifer Finnigan as Annabeth Chase, a Deputy Prosecutor for Marion County, Indiana (which contains Indianapolis). Created by Jim Leonard, the series was primarily filmed in Southern California. The score composer was Michael A. Levine.

Close to Home
Close to Home (2005 TV series) title card.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byJim Leonard
ComposerMichael A. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Picture format
Original releaseOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04) –
May 11, 2007 (2007-05-11)

On May 16, 2007, CBS canceled the series after two seasons.[2]


Annabeth Chase is a criminal prosecutor with a near perfect conviction record. Throughout the series, she lost only three cases. In Season 1, Episode 21 "David and Goliath", Chase tried a case against a professional baseball player, who killed his pregnant girlfriend. His not guilty verdict was attributed to his fame. Chase lost the case of a man prosecuted for a rape he committed 11 years prior, in Season 2, Episode 18, "Making Amends." In this case the victim was unable to recall the assault, as she unknowingly ingested Rohypnol, known as "The Date Rape Drug", which causes amnesia. In Season 2, Episode 21, "Drink the Cup", Chase was unable to convict a corrupt cop named Veeder of the murder of a fellow police officer. In the following episode she successfully tried Veeder for the murder of a young girl he exploited.

She is married to a construction worker, Jack Chase (Christian Kane), and has an infant daughter, Hailey Chase. The show revolves around her balancing her career and family life, as a prosecutor in the city of Indianapolis.

First seasonEdit

In the pilot episode, Chase returns from a 12-week maternity leave to find herself with a new boss, Maureen Scofield (Kimberly Elise), who has been promoted instead of her. Maureen is a no-nonsense, workaholic woman who admires Chase's dedication to her family and her personal life. Above her is County Prosecutor Steve Sharpe (John Carroll Lynch). Chase wins the first case she prosecutes upon her return to work: an abusive husband who is sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

Second seasonEdit

Annabeth returns to work four months after her husband was killed by a drunk driver in the first-season finale. Annabeth's coming to terms with her husband's death, her grief, and her struggle to return to normalcy, coupled with the guilt and trials of being a single parent, are recurring themes throughout the season.

Annabeth and Maureen also face a new boss, Chief Deputy Prosecutor James Conlon (David James Elliott), who has just arrived from New York, and whose methods appear to the two prosecutors to be too forceful and sometimes unethical.

Near the end of the season, Conlon attempts an attorney general campaign which is derailed as police corruption is discovered, resulting in several prosecutions. Scofield is assassinated as a result of these prosecutions. The season (and series) ends with Chase successfully prosecuting Scofield's assassin.


U.S. Nielsen RatingsEdit

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Viewers
Rank 18–49 demographic
Season 1 22 October 4, 2005 May 19, 2006 10.41[3] #45[3] 2.8/8[3]
Season 2 22 September 22, 2006 May 11, 2007 10.30[4] #41[4] 2.5/8[4]

Despite earning high ratings for what is perceived as the Friday night death slot and ranking higher than most of its competition in the same slot, the show was still cancelled after only 2 seasons.

International broadcastingEdit

Country Title Station Premiere
  Argentina Close to Home telefe 2006
  Australia Close to Home Nine Network
13th Street
November 2009
  Austria Close to Home ORF 1 April 13, 2007
  Belgium Close to Home VijfTV June 8, 2006
  Brazil Em Nome da Justiça (on SBT, Portuguese for In Name of Justice; Warner Channel uses the original title) Warner Channel and SBT (dubbed) November 7, 2005
  Bulgaria В опасна близост (Latin alphabet: V Opasna Blizost) Nova Television (season 1)
Diema 2 (repeats of season 1 and premieres of season 2)
2006 (season 1)
2009 (season 2)
  Canada Close to Home
Juste Cause
  Croatia Blizu doma HRT2
  Czech Republic Zločiny ze sousedství (Crimes from Neighbourhood) Prima family 2007
  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Close to Home OBN 2008
  Estonia Kurjuse kannul Kanal 2 2009
  Finland Kodinpuolustaja MTV3
  France Close to Home – Juste cause TF1 and TMC September 6, 2006
  Germany Close to Home VOX February 9, 2007
  Greece Αναζητώντας την Αλήθεια (Seeking Truth) Star Channel
  Ireland Close to Home RTÉ One
  Israel קרוב לבית (Karov LaBait; lit. Close to Home) Xtra HOT, HOT family 2006
  Italy Close to Home – Giustizia ad ogni costo RaiDue June 11, 2007
  Jamaica Close to Home Television Jamaica 2008
  Japan Onna Kensatsukan: Anabesu Cheisu
女検察官 アナベス・チェイス
(Female Criminal Prosecutor: Annabeth Chase)
Super! drama TV[5] August 11, 2010 (season 1)
February 9, 2011 (season 2)
  Latin America Close to Home Warner Channel
  Lithuania Arti Namų LNK
  Malaysia Close to Home RTM 2 2008
  Middle East and North Africa Close to Home Dubai One February 10, 2009
  The Netherlands Close to Home SBS 6 September 13, 2007
  New Zealand Close to Home TV One
  Norway Close to Home TV3
  Philippines Close to Home C/S on RPN[6]
  Poland Krok od domu (A step from home) TVN December 19, 2006
  Portugal Perto de Casa FOX, RTP2 November 17, 2008
  Slovakia V tieni zločinu (In the shadow of crime) Markíza
  Slovenia Zločini pred domačim pragom (Crimes at the doorstep) POP TV
  South Africa SABC 2
  South Korea 클로스 투 홈 (RR: Keulloseu tu Hom, MR: K'ŭllosŭ t'u Hom; vocal transliteration of the English title Close to Home) On Style
  Sweden TV3
   Switzerland (Italian) TSI1
Fiscal Chase
Fiscal Chase
October 2006
January 9, 2006
  Thailand Close to Home True Series September 28, 2006
  Turkey Mymax March 23, 2007
  United Kingdom Close to Home Living and Ftn January 23, 2006


  1. ^ "Pilots Land Holly, Mad Black Woman Star Elise". April 8, 2005. Archived from the original on November 13, 2005. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: CBS Cancels Several Series
  3. ^ a b c "05/06 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "06/07 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "Super! drama TV | Close to Home / 女検察官アナベス・チェイス (Japanese)".
  6. ^ "Philippine TV Schedule for Close to Home" Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine.

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