The Closer Scoop! True Blood Witch, Fred Willard, Buzz's Sister on Board for Episode 100

The 100th episode of TNT’s The Closer will deliver to fans a slightly early Christmas present — one featuring no less than funnyman Fred Willard as Santa Claus, plus two more familiar faces.

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Among the other guest stars on tap for the milestone episode, set to air Dec. 5 (during the show’s winter run): TVLine has learned exclusively that True Blood spellcaster Lauren Bowles will play the niece and business partner of Willard’s Santa, who is involved in an unfortunate ziplining (!) accident at their successful Christmas Village attraction.

Also, Christine Woods (Perfect Couples, FlashForward) has been cast as Casey Watson, Buzz’s sister visiting from Seattle. She will — as Closer relatives often do — manage to help the Major Crimes Division solve their latest case.

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In addition to her ongoing True Blood run, Bowles has guested on shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Private Practice. Willard’s recent TV credits include Modern Family and TBS’ short-lived Glory Daze; his Closer gig was first reported by EW.com.

The Closer will present its summer finale on Sept. 12, then commence its winter run on Nov. 28.

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  1. TrueBloodFan says:

    Love Lauren’s character on True Blood. Can’t wait to see her in the world of The Closer!!!

  2. Juliab. says:

    Thanks Matt. I cann’t wait to see this episode, but then I say that about all the Closer episodes.

  3. Fouzy says:

    A serious convergence of three of my favorite things:

    The Closer (Kyra Sedwick more specifically)
    Lauren Bowles (True Blood notwithstanding)
    Fred Willard (just Fred Willard)

  4. DL says:

    Awesome news about Willard and Bowles.
    Also, Christine Woods is perfect for Buzz’s sister. I always like to see TV relatives who actually look alike (even though my own brother and I look nothing alike), and Woods absolutely passes muster in that respect.

  5. Dee Dee Roe says:

    Great scoop with Fred Willard on THE CLOSER!!
    All CLOSER Fans, help us say “Thank Yew Very Much” to 7 years of exceptional entertainment by supporting one of their favorite charities, The Sunshine Kids. GW Bailey (Lt. Provenza) is the exec director of SSK which provides activities for children with cancer.
    Check out our page on Facebook!! http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-CLOSER-Fans-Thank-You-To-Benefit-The-Sunshine-Kids/223356951039084

  6. Vaughn says:

    I am so grateful for cable networks like TNT and USA providing *new episodes* over December and January, which used to be echoing halls of television emptiness. The Closer and Leverage will be extra-welcome (along with everything on USA).