TV show "The Closer" to end in 2011

LOS ANGELES, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Emmy-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick is about to solve her last murder as the charming but tough detective Brenda Leigh Johnson on TV show “The Closer”.

The TNT network said on Friday that “The Closer ” -- the most popular series on basic cable television -- would end in 2011 after seven years.

TNT said the decision to conclude the crime series had been made by Sedgwick herself.

“I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on ‘The Closer’,” Sedgwick said, thanking creator James Duff for “such a rich and complex character who I have loved living year after year.”

Sedgwick, 45, won a best actress Emmy in August for her role as Johnson, a character which is credited with heralding the way for many other more nuanced female lead parts on U.S. television.

“The Closer” attracts an average of 8 million viewers per episode, making it the top series on basic cable television in the United States. The show is also broadcast widely in Europe and Asia.

“Kyra blazed a new trail in the television landscape with her performance as Brenda Leigh Johnson,” said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT.

The seventh and final series will begin shooting in spring 2011 and be broadcast later in the year.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte