TV News: Closer, Luck, Death, Alcatraz

The Closer
TNT has confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of the Kyra Sedgwick-led crime drama, scheduled to air next year, will be the show’s last.

The acclaimed series has steadily maintained an average of 7-8 million viewers per episode since its debut in 2005. It has held the position of the highest rated drama on cable over the past six years.

The decision to finish the show was made by Sedgwick. The show is airing the last few episodes of its sixth season this month on TNT. Production on the 15-episode seventh season will kick off in the Spring with episodes to begin airing next Summer.

Deadline reports that acting veteran Michael Gambon has joined the HBO horse racing themed TV series “Luck” from “Deadwood” creator David Milch.

Gambon’s character hasn’t been named yet, but will serve as the nemesis to Dustin Hoffman’s Ace Bernstein. Patrick J. Adams recently joined the cast as Nathan Isreal, a colleague of Bernstein. The Michael Mann-directed pilot will premiere sometime next year.

All Signs of Death
HBO has passed on “True Blood” creator Alan Ball’s latest drama about a slacker who joins a crime scene clean-up crew.

Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonathan Coyne and Jason Butler Harner are all set to join the J.J. Abrams-produced series for Fox reports Deadline.

Jones plays a cop who assists with a bizarre FBI investigation centering on a group of Alcatraz prisoners and guards who disappeared years ago and have now reappeared in present day. Neill will play a government agency head.

Shooting kicks off on the pilot next month.