NEW YORK — After taping five episodes, Penelope Ann Miller has exited a co-starring role on “The Closer,” the Tom Selleck sitcom for CBS and Warner Bros. Miller is still negotiating her exit with executive producers John J. Strauss and Ed Decter, but both sides say her exit is an amicable one. WB declined comment.
Miller said she took the role of an account exec in the ad agency run by Selleck on the strength of a promise that she’d be more than just an office employee. “It originally was going to be like the Diane Chambers-Sam Malone relationship in ‘Cheers,’ that sexual tension that maybe led to a romance in the second or third season,” she said. “The producers decided not to go in that direction at all. They focused more on Tom outside the office, his relationship with his daughter, Tom dating.
“They wooed me, and sold the show to me as a female lead character who would develop. As the show progressed, we saw it wasn’t going in that direction.”
Miller took the series after signing a series development deal at CBS that led to “Queens,” a pilot she did with “Beverly Hills Cop” star Judge Reinhold, which didn’t get picked up.
Miller also had a supporting role last May in the CBS mini “Mario Puzo’s The Last Don.”
The actress said she will now redouble her efforts on the feature front. She starts the indie comedy “Hopeless Romantic” in June, and has three films coming out this year: “Outside Ozona,” “The Breakup” and “Little City.”