Kira Sedgwick is The Closer, newly imported from Atlanta as Deputy Chief in LA's prestigious new murder squad: so far, so seen-it-before. One difference is Sedgwick herself, sassy Southerner in a male department, resented and disliked, hopelessly sloppy and disorganised in her private life, trailing romantic failures in her past career, a faded beauty past her best and not bothering to conceal it but sure of herself in the job and abrasively not concealing that either. Definitely not one of those impossibly young, glamorous and well-groomed females we are used to in the standard cop spin-offs. A second difference is the supporting cast, all credible in their roles - more Law and Order than CSI - and mercifully not one of those irritating white college jocks in sight. A third difference is the taut and realistic script, and a fourth, most important of all, down-to-earth believable cases, again true to the tradition of the original Law and Order series, and a relief from the grotesqueries and mad excesses which have come to dominate CSI and it's spinoffs, or L&O SVU and L&O CI. The Closer looks like being a winner.