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Close to Home (2005 TV series)

Close to Home
Created by Jim Leonard
Starring Jennifer Finnigan
Kimberly Elise
Christian Kane
John Carroll Lynch
David James Elliott
Cress Williams
Jon Seda
Composer(s) Michael A. Levine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 4, 2005 (2005-10-04) – May 11, 2007 (2007-05-11)

Close to Home is an American crime drama television series co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television for CBS. While in pre-production the series was known as American Crime.[1] It first aired from October 4, 2005 to May 11, 2007 and starred actress Jennifer Finnigan as Annabeth Chase, a Deputy Prosecutor for Marion County, Indiana. Created by Jim Leonard, the series was primarily filmed in Southern California. The score composer was Michael A. Levine.

On May 16, 2007, the series was officially canceled by CBS.[2]


Annabeth Chase is a criminal prosecutor with a near perfect conviction record. Throughout the series, she lost only three cases. In Season 1 Episode 21 "David and Goliath" Chase tried a case against a professional baseball player who killed his pregnant girlfriend. His not guilty verdict was attributed to his fame. Chase lost the case of a man prosecuted for a rape he committed 11 years prior in Season 2 Episode 18 "Making Amends." In this case the victim was unable to recall the assault as she unknowingly ingested Rohypnol known as "The Date Rape Drug" which causes amnesia. In Season 2 Episode 21 "Drink the Cup" Chase was unable to convict a corrupt cop named Veeder of the murder of a fellow police officer. In the following episode she successfully tried Veeder for the murder of a young girl he exploited.

She was married to a construction worker, Jack Chase (Christian Kane), and has an infant daughter, Hailey Chase. The show revolves around her balancing her career and family life, as a prosecutor in the city of Indianapolis.

First season

In the pilot episode, Chase returns from a 12-week maternity leave to find herself with a new boss, Maureen Scofield (Kimberly Elise), who has been promoted instead of her. Maureen is a no-nonsense, workaholic woman who admires Chase's dedication to her family and her personal life. Above her is County Prosecutor Steve Sharpe (John Carroll Lynch). Chase wins the first case she prosecutes upon her return to work: an abusive husband is sentenced to 25 years in jail without parole.

Second season

Annabeth returns to work four months after her husband was killed by a drunk driver on the first season finale. Annabeth's coming to terms with her husband's death, her grief, and her struggle to return to normalcy coupled with the guilt and trials of being a single parent are recurring themes throughout the season.

Annabeth and Maureen also face a new boss, Chief Deputy Prosecutor James Conlon (David James Elliott), who has just arrived from New York, and whose methods appear to the two prosecutors to be too forceful and sometimes unethical.

Near the end of the season, Conlon attempts an attorney general campaign which is derailed as police corruption is discovered, resulting in several prosecutions. Scofield is assassinated as a result of these prosecutions. The season (and series) ends with Chase successfully prosecuting Scofield's assassin.


Recurring roles

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Viewers
Rank 18–49 demographic
Season 1 22 October 4, 2005 May 19, 2006 10.41[3] #45[3] 2.8/8[3]
Season 2 22 September 22, 2006 May 11, 2007 10.30[4] #41[4] 2.5/8[4]

Despite earning high ratings for what is perceived as the Friday night death slot and ranking higher than most of its competition in the same slot, the show was still cancelled after only 2 seasons.

International broadcasting

Country Title Station Premiere
23x15px Argentina Close to Home telefe 2006
23x15px Australia Close to Home Nine Network
13th Street
November 2009
23x15px Austria Close to Home ORF 1 April 13, 2007
23x15px Belgium Close to Home VijfTV June 8, 2006
23x15px Brazil Em Nome da Justiça (on SBT, Portuguese for In Name of Justice; Warner Channel uses the original title) Warner Channel and SBT (dubbed) November 7, 2005
23x15px Bulgaria В опасна близост (Latin alphabet: V Opasna Blizost) Nova Television (season 1)
Diema 2 (repeats of season 1 and premieres of season 2)
2006 (season 1)
2009 (season 2)
23x15px Canada Close to Home
Juste Cause
23x15px Croatia Blizu doma HRT2
23x15px Czech Republic Zločiny ze sousedství (Crimes from Neighbourhood) Prima family 2007
23x15px Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Close to Home OBN 2008
23x15px Estonia Kurjuse kannul Kanal 2 2009
23x15px Finland Kodinpuolustaja MTV3
23x15px France Close to Home – Juste cause TF1 and TMC September 6, 2006
23x15px Germany Close to Home VOX February 9, 2007
23x15px Greece Αναζητώντας την Αλήθεια (Seeking Truth) Star Channel
23x15px Ireland Close to Home RTÉ One
Template:Country data Israel קרוב לבית (Karov LaBait; lit. Close to Home) Xtra HOT, HOT family 2006
23x15px Italy Close to Home – Giustizia ad ogni costo RaiDue June 11, 2007
Template:Country data Jamaica Close to Home Television Jamaica 2008
Template:Country data Japan Onna Kensatsukan: Anabesu Cheisu
女検察官 アナベス・チェイス
(Female Criminal Prosecutor: Annabeth Chase)
Super! drama TV[5] August 11, 2010 (season 1)
February 9, 2011 (season 2)
20px Latin America Close to Home Warner Channel
23x15px Lithuania Arti Namų LNK
23x15px Malaysia Close to Home RTM 2 2008
23x15px The Netherlands Close to Home SBS 6 September 13, 2007
23x15px New Zealand Close to Home TV One
23x15px Norway Close to Home TV3
23x15px Philippines Close to Home C/S on RPN[6]
23x15px Poland Krok od domu (A step from home) TVN December 19, 2006
23x15px Portugal Perto de Casa FOX, RTP2 November 17, 2008
23x15px Slovakia V tieni zločinu (In the shadow of crime) Markíza
23x15px Slovenia Zločini pred domačim pragom POP TV
23x15px South Africa SABC 2
Template:Country data South Korea 클로스 투 홈 (RR: Keulloseu tu Hom, MR: K'ŭllosŭ t'u Hom; vocal transliteration of the English title Close to Home) On Style
23x15px Sweden TV3
23x16px  Switzerland (Italian) TSI1
23x15px Spain
Fiscal Chase
Fiscal Chase
October 2006
January 9, 2006
23x15px Thailand Close to Home True Series September 28, 2006
23x15px Turkey Mymax March 23, 2007
23x15px United Arab Emirates Close to Home Dubai One February 10, 2009
23x15px United Kingdom Close to Home Living and Ftn January 23, 2006


  1. ^ "Pilots Land Holly, Mad Black Woman Star Elise". April 8, 2005. Archived from the original on November 13, 2005. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "2007 Cancelled Shows: CBS Cancels Several Series » TV Series Finale.
  3. ^ a b c "05/06 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "06/07 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Super! drama TV | Close to Home / 女検察官アナベス・チェイス (Japanese)".
  6. ^ "Philippine TV Schedule for Close to Home".

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