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Emmy-winner Kyra Sedgwick’s Set No Family Affair This Year

Kyra Sedgwick

EMMY AFTERMATH:  Kyra Sedgwick, savoring her Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “The Closer,” had husband Kevin Bacon close by her side throughout the evening, even standing off-stage, sipping champagne as he watched her field questions in the press room.  The couple isn’t getting togetherness time on her series set this year, however.  Kevin isn’t directing any episodes of “The Closer’s” Season 6 because he’s busy with his own projects, according to Kyra.  And their daughter Sosie, 18, isn’t coming back to the show in her role as Kyra’s niece – she’s too busy with her freshman year of college getting underway.  Son Travis, 21, also flew the nest awhile ago.  So this year, unlike the past five years of her “The Closer” duty, Sedgwick isn’t facing mixed emotions about leaving the family in New York to shoot her series in L.A.

Now that she finally has her Emmy, what honor could come next?  The actress has heard there’s “talk of a wax museum figure.  That’s a little strong, I think.”

Seriously, she’s happy focusing on the show and her now-iconic character, deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.  “I’m always pushing for the personal stories. As an actor, that’s why I’m doing the job,” she observes.  “I was offered procedurals in the past.  The personal aspect is what got me on board our show.  I think that’s the key to success.”

That and its truly Outstanding star.

AND:  It’s nice to see Aaron Paul acknowledged with an Emmy for his first rate supporting work on “Breaking Bad” – particularly knowing what a grinder the role of drug-selling Jesse has been for the actor.  Playing Bryan Cranston’s hapless partner in crime, Paul’s been roughed up, knocked down, thrown through a screen door that didn’t quite go the way the stunt was planned and generally left bruised and scraped more times than he could probably count by now.

Kyra Sedgwick — Empty Nest, Full Life, Deserving of Emmy at Last

Kyra Sedgwick

Emmy nominations ballots are due in today (6/21), and “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick’s name is certainly among those being bandied about by awards pundits.  For instance, ABC News’ website prominently featured Reuters scribe Janelle Tipton’s commentary calling it “a crime” that Sedgwick hasn’t won an Emmy for her portrayal of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson as yet — despite having been nominated each of the seasons the hit TNT series has been on.

“I love that, that’s so nice,” responds a smiling Kyra.  “It’s really amazing to get nominated — and the fact the show has had consistent nominations is really, really great acknowledgement for all the hard work, and we’re so appreciative of that.  But I have to admit, it would be nice to hear my name called.”

A factor in her favor is that Season 5 of “The Closer” was “really an emotional season, starting with the death of Brenda’s cat – this creature that she didn’t want, that showed up on her doorstep, that she took in begrudgingly, but then connected to despite herself.  There was her Dad having a heart attack, her relationship with her niece, Charlie, the death of the boy in the second to last episode, ‘Maternal Instincts.’  Every time she let someone into her heart, something happened and it’s devastating.”

Now Kyra is six episodes into shooting of Season 6, which debuts July 12.

Leaving her family – husband Kevin Bacon and their son and daughter – behind in New York while she was shooting the series in L.A. filled her with mixed emotions in the past.  “But it’s easier this year because my daughter – our last kid – has graduated from high school.  Everyone is off to fly the nest and as horrific as that makes me feel – it makes me want to cry just saying it out loud – my people on the East Coast don’t need me so much.”

Being college bound, daughter Sosie won’t be returning to “The Closer” this season to reprise her role as Kyra’s wayward niece.  And Kevin, who has directed episodes of the show in the past, is sitting out this season because “he’s busy with a lot of his own things going on,” says Kyra.

Tony Shalhoub Talks About Bitty Schram’s ‘Monk’ Return

Tony Shalhoub reports that his one-time “Monk” costar Bitty Schram is due to make her much-talked-about return to the USA Network series in early September, and “We’re all looking forward to that.  We’re all excited to see what the writers have cooked up.”

Bitty Schram in

Fans of the show were upset back in the midst of its third season when Schram was suddenly let go under the official line that the “Monk” creative team wanted to “go in a different direction.”  Later reports revealed that she’d been among the supporting players in a renegotiation wrangle with the network, which chose to take a hard line against her.  Her Sharona Fleming character was replaced by Traylor Howard’s Natalie Teeger.

“It will be great for the audience to have her back,” Tony feels.  “We’ll see how that character has changed, what the dynamic might be between Sharona and Natalie.  Something tells me they’ll be really good friends.”  Both, of course, have had to deal with Shalhoub’s obsessive-compulsive detective character’s idiosyncrasies in an up close and personal way.

Will it be awkward for the cast having Schram back?  “Oh, no.  I don’t think it will be awkward at all.  I’ve spoken to Bitty through the years, especially around the time Stanley Kamel passed away,” Tony says, referring to their costar who died last year.  “She was close to him, too.  There’s no bad blood.  Nothing but good.”

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUTCorey Reynolds, who is currently starring on TNT’s “The Closer,” admits he misses working on Broadway, but the perks of television are just too good to pass up for the time being.  “I have a tremendous desire to get back to the stage. I received a Tony nomination for my work in ‘Hairspray,’ which was my Broadway debut.  That was a lot of fun, but now I’m kind of in that stage where I’d like to win so the right project would have to come along at the right time,” says Reynolds.  “I will say this – the paychecks aren’t even close to what you get paid in television.  It is a deterrent for a lot of my friends.  I was just talking with my buddy Matt Morrison, who was in ‘Hairspray’ with me.  He’s now starring in the new show ‘Glee.’  We were reminiscing about how different life is as a working New York actor compared to what it is as a working L.A. actor.  We can both breathe a little easier for the time being.”

For now, Reynolds is focused on his work in “The Closer” where he tells us he’s trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  “I’m the young guy of the bunch and I’ve had the least experience in the business.  It’s been so great working with so many seasoned actors.  I didn’t go to college so these guys are kind of like my professors.  I’m just trying to get that kind of longevity myself,” he says.  “Luckily I landed on a very supportive show.  G.W. Bailey has told me many times that it’s a blessing and a curse that this is my first experience on a television series because he reminds me often that they’re not always like this.”

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Nice to see news that Robin Williams will top off his September-launching comedy tour with an HBO special at year’s end – especially considering it’s only been four months since his surgery to replace an aortic valve.  Williams shows off his scar and re-enacts his bike ride with Lance Armstrong last March, just three days before his hospitalization, on the video he and the cycling legend made on Armstrong’s bus between legs of the current Tour de France.  “Lance, wait!  Lance,” Robin wheezes, “wait for me!”  And Armstrong notes that it’s lucky Robin didn’t die that day.  No doubt Robin’s years of being an avid bike rider have helped him bounce back from his operation.  The video, posted on Livestrong.com, also demonstrates that Williams is back in fine comedic form, as he cracks up Armstrong, mocking his compression socks and otherwise acting up in various character voices.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster