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The Closer adds Law and Order vet

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Deidre Oconnell
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A Law & Order actress will join The Closer to play Lt. Provenza’s caring — yet crazy — first wife.

EW has learned that Deidre O’Connell will sign on as Liz, the mother of Provenza’s (G.W. Bailey) three children who apparently gets ripped off pawning some personal items in an attempt to pay for her beloved dog’s veterinary care. She’s an English teacher with a soft heart but who is always corrects everyone’s grammar. Irritating!

If all goes well, O’Connell may recur in the spinoff Major Crimes that will star Mary McDonnell as Brenda Johnson’s nemesis, Capt. Raydor. The show will bow after The Closer comes to an end with its final, seventh season next summer.

The next round of episodes from The Closer will begin airing on Nov. 28.

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