January 30, 2011
Last week we reported that The Closer's final season might not end after 15 episodes as originally planned. Now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that TNT has indeed ordered six additional episodes of the series, which would increase its total to 21.
On top of that, it's likely that these added episodes will lay the groundwork for a possible spin-off with the working title of "Major Crimes". The new series would see the departure of 'Closer' star Kyra Sedgwick's character, and be led by a new central as-yet-unnamed protagonist.
As it stands now, the first 10 episodes of The Closer's final season will air this coming summer, with five more planned to air in the winter. The newly ordered set of six episodes won't hit the airwaves until 2012.