Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Crime Show Plots Are Dark But The Sets Are Hilarious

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Crime dramas on TV are supposed to be dark and dramatic but, behind the scenes, it’s a barrel of laughs.

At least that’s how it is on the set of the TNT crime show, The Closer.

Cast member Corey Reynolds – who plays Sgt. David Gabriel – says the scripts are pretty gritty and, as a result, the actors sometimes inject humor between scenes to keep things light.

He admits, “Sometimes, we’re filming a scene and one thing will create what we call ‘the giggles’ and the actors have to ground themselves to get through the scene.”

Other times, the actors – most of whom have musical training – will break out in songs between the most dramatic scenes.

Reynolds says series star Kyra Sedgwick is especially fond of this and, in his words, “She’s always singing songs nobody knows.”

According to Reynolds, the real-life detectives he’s talked to about his role have stressed that there’s a “gruesomeness” to the job which benefits from some well-placed levity.

The second season of The Closer debuts June 12.

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