The Closer (1998 TV series)

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The Closer
Starring Tom Selleck
Hedy Burress
Edward Asner
Penelope Ann Miller
Country of origin  United States
Running time ~22 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run 23 February 1998 – 4 May 1998

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

Plot summary[edit]

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 crew[edit]



  • 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 guests[edit]

Selleck, Asner and Peters in "Baby, It's Cold Outside" episode
  • 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 nominations[edit]

  • 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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