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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 November 12, 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.

Close to Home
GenreCrime drama
Created byJim Leonard
ComposerMichael A. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Jonathan Littman
  • Eric Ellis Overmyer
  • Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Jim Leonard
  • Simon West
  • Jill Danton
  • Tom Smuts
  • Antoinette Stella
  • Kevin Dowling
  • Elwood Reid
  • Matt Earl Beesley
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Television
  • Hoosier Karma
  • Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04) 
November 12, 2007 (2007-11-12)

On November 17, 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 who is sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

Second season

Annabeth returns to work four months after her husband was killed by a drunk driver in 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

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

 Argentina Close to Home telefe 2006
 Australia Close to Home Nine Network
13th Street
November 2009
 Austria Close to Home ORF 1 April 13, 2007
 Belgium Close to Home VijfTV June 8, 2006
 Bolivia Close to Home Red ATB 2008
 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
 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)
 Canada Close to Home
Juste Cause
 Croatia Blizu doma HRT2
 Czech Republic Zločiny ze sousedství (Crimes from Neighbourhood) Prima family 2007
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Close to Home OBN 2008
 Estonia Kurjuse kannul Kanal 2 2009
 Finland Kodinpuolustaja MTV3
 France Close to Home – Juste cause TF1 and TMC September 6, 2006
 Germany Close to Home VOX February 9, 2007
 Greece Αναζητώντας την Αλήθεια (Seeking Truth) Star Channel
 Ireland Close to Home RTÉ One
 Israel קרוב לבית (Karov LaBait; lit. Close to Home) Xtra HOT, HOT family 2006
 Italy Close to Home – Giustizia ad ogni costo RaiDue June 11, 2007
 Jamaica Close to Home Television Jamaica 2008
 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 Close to Home Warner Channel
 Lithuania Arti Namų LNK
 Malaysia Close to Home RTM 2 2008
 Middle East and North Africa Close to Home Dubai One February 10, 2009
 The Netherlands Close to Home SBS 6 September 13, 2007
 New Zealand Close to Home TV One
 Norway Close to Home TV3
 Philippines Close to Home C/S on RPN[6]
 Poland Krok od domu (A step from home) TVN December 19, 2006
 Portugal Perto de Casa FOX, RTP2 November 17, 2008
 Slovakia V tieni zločinu (In the shadow of crime) Markíza
 Slovenia Zločini pred domačim pragom (Crimes at the doorstep) POP TV
 South Africa SABC 2
 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
 Sweden TV3
 Switzerland (Italian) TSI1
Fiscal Chase
Fiscal Chase
October 2006
January 9, 2006
 Thailand Close to Home True Series September 28, 2006
 Turkey Mymax March 23, 2007
 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
  3. "05/06 series". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  4. "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" Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine.

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