via press release:
TNT's All-New Drama Series Major Crimes Starts Production
Gearing up to take television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory, TNT's all-new drama series Major Crimes has started production in Los Angeles. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell stars in the series, continuing her Emmy®-nominated role from The Closer. Joining her are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, along with guest stars Robert Gossett and Jon Tenney. The series also stars Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile whose characte r will be introduced in the final episode of The Closer, and Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Major Crimes is slated to premiere Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following The Closer's series finale. The show will then move to its regular Monday 9 p.m. (ET/PT) timeslot.
Picking up where The Closer leaves off, Major Crimes will center on what it takes to secure an airtight conviction. The show will explore how the police and prosecutors work together to build a solid case that will result in a suspect confessing, signing a plea agreement, or being found guilty in a court of law.
TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of Major Crimes, which is being produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. The Closer's James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers on the new series.
Prior to the launch of Major Crimes, The Closer will wrap up its seven-season run with six final episodes. Since premiering in June 2005, The Closer has consistently placed among the most-watched shows on cable. It is the only series in basic cable history to rank #1 for five consecutive years.