Kyra Sedgwick decides Season 7 will be the last for 'The Closer'

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TNT announces that its hit series, "The Closer," will be entering its final season in 2011.

The decision was apparently made by star Kyra Sedgwick, who won an Emmy in 2010 for playing Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

"I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we've created on 'The Closer,'" Sedgwick says in a statement released by TNT.  "I will always be grateful to [creator] James Duff for his love and friendship, as well as for creating such a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year... I want to thank TNT and Warner [Brothers] Television, as well as the incredible fans of 'The Closer,' for all of their unwavering support over the last seven years."

This has got to come as rough news for TNT, which has been able to boast basic cable's highest rated series with "The Closer," averaging more than 8 million viewers in Season 6.

"It's impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought 'The Closer' to TNT viewers," Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin adds in the statement. "'The Closer' was a pivotal series in setting a new course for TNT's original programming, while also serving as a prime example of the storytelling strength possible on cable television."

The final 15 episodes of "The Closer" are slated to start production in spring of 2011, with an initial run eyed for later in the year. The series will hit its landmark 100th episode before coming to an end.