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The Closer (1998 TV series)

The Closer is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for 10 episodes in 1998. The show starred Tom Selleck as a successful advertising agency executive.

The Closer
Created by Ed Decter
John J. Strauss
Starring Tom Selleck
David Krumholtz
Hedy Burress
Edward Asner
Suzy Nakamura
Penelope Ann Miller
Composer(s) Ed Alton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) T.W.S. II Productions
Frontier Pictures
CBS Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release February 23 (1998-02-23) – May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)



Jack McLaren (Tom Selleck), a successful advertising executive, starts his own agency. The business, the employees in the agency, and his personal life provide the story lines. The characters include a creative director, Carl Dobson (Ed Asner), an accountant, Erica Hewitt (Penelope Ann Miller), and a bored secretary, Beverly (Suzy Nakamura); McLaren's estranged and eventually divorced wife, Claire McLaren (Joanna Kerns), and daughter Alex (Hedy Burress). In the "Baby It's Cold Outside" episode, an old flame, actress Victoria (Bernadette Peters), visits and she and Jack start to rekindle their romance. Victoria and Jack sing and dance in a fantasy musical sequence. (The music and lyrics of the song from that episode were nominated for an Emmy Award.)

Cast and crewEdit



  • Director—Andrew D. Weyman


  • Tom Burkhard
  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • David Kidd
  • Laura Perkins-Brittain
  • Ron Burch


  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • Penny Segal
  • Tom Selleck
  • John J. Strauss
  • Craig Wyrick-Solari

Episode list and special guestsEdit

  • February 23, 1998—Pilot
Joanna Kerns, Michael McKean
  • March 2, 1998—Morality Bites
Michael McKean
  • March 9, 1998—Dobbs Takes A Holiday
Gregory Jbara[1]
  • March 16, 1998—The Closure
Joanna Kerns
  • March 28, 1998—The Rebound
Christine Tucci
  • April 6, 1998—Baby, It's Cold Outside
Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein
  • April 13, 1998—Honor Thy Jack
  • April 20, 1998—Deep Game
  • April 27, 1998—The Hand That Rocks the Office
Christine Tucci
  • May 4, 1998—My Best Friend's Funeral
Joanna Kerns, and Gregory Itzin

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Emmy Award — Outstanding Music and Lyrics (for the song "You Don't Know Jack") (nominated)


  1. ^ "The Closer: Cast & Details". Retrieved December 3, 2010. 

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