Close to Home (2005 TV series)

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Close to Home
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Genre Crime drama
Created byJim Leonard
Composer(s) Michael A. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network CBS
Picture format
Original releaseOctober 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 (which contains Indianapolis). Created by Jim Leonard, the series was primarily filmed in Southern California. The score composer was Michael A. Levine.


On May 16, 2007, CBS canceled the series after two seasons. [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 is 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.


U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Rank18–49 demographic
Season 1 22October 4, 2005May 19, 200610.41 [3] #45 [3] 2.8/8 [3]
Season 2 22September 22, 2006May 11, 200710.30 [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

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Close to Home telefe 2006
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Close to Home Nine Network
13th Street
November 2009
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Close to Home ORF 1 April 13, 2007
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Close to Home VijfTV June 8, 2006
Flag of Brazil.svg  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
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  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)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Close to Home
Juste Cause
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Blizu doma HRT2
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Zločiny ze sousedství (Crimes from Neighbourhood) Prima family 2007
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Close to Home OBN 2008
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Kurjuse kannul Kanal 2 2009
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Kodinpuolustaja MTV3
Flag of France.svg  France Close to Home – Juste cause TF1 and TMC September 6, 2006
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Close to Home VOX February 9, 2007
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Αναζητώντας την Αλήθεια (Seeking Truth) Star Channel
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Close to Home RTÉ One
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel קרוב לבית (Karov LaBait; lit. Close to Home) Xtra HOT, HOT family 2006
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Close to Home – Giustizia ad ogni costo RaiDue June 11, 2007
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Close to HomeTelevision Jamaica2008
Flag of Japan.svg  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)
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Close to Home Warner Channel
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Arti Namų LNK
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Close to Home RTM 2 2008
Flag of the Arab League.svg  Middle East and North Africa Close to Home Dubai One February 10, 2009
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  The Netherlands Close to Home SBS 6 September 13, 2007
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Close to Home TV One
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Close to Home TV3
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Close to Home C/S on RPN [6]
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Krok od domu (A step from home) TVN December 19, 2006
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Perto de Casa FOX, RTP2 November 17, 2008
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia V tieni zločinu (In the shadow of crime) Markíza
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Zločini pred domačim pragom (Crimes at the doorstep) POP TV
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa SABC 2
Flag of South Korea.svg  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
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden TV3
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland (Italian) TSI1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Fiscal Chase
Fiscal Chase
October 2006
January 9, 2006
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Close to Home True Series September 28, 2006
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey MymaxMarch 23, 2007
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Close to Home Living and Ftn January 23, 2006

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