TNT's All-New Drama Series 'Major Crimes' Starts Production

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April 24th, 2012

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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.

  • DonJ1973

    Cool. I’m looking forward to it. Glad that alot of The Closer cast members are returning, especially Flynn and Provenza. Sucks that Gabriel won’t be returning.

    Mary McDonell is no Kyra Sedgwick, but I’m sure this will do well.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Didn’t Mary McDonnell star in a show as a bounty hunter just recently? She and her (TV) brother caught bad guys and then she got pregnant?

    I’ve liked Mary since she played Howard Stern’s ex-wife Allison in “Private Parts.”

  • DonJ1973

    @ Ralph

    Wrong Mary. Your thinking about Mary McCormack from In Plain Sight.

  • Bob

    Ralph, that was Mary McCormack in Private Parts.

  • psychic

    RIP The Closer.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Thanks, DonJ & Bob!

  • Greg

    What? No Sargent Gabriel or Chief Pope?! One of them must be the leak of the department!

  • Sharon

    I know right. What a dead giveaway. Maybe they should have said “spoiler alert.”

  • USAmerica1st

    Mary McDonnell is on a roll after turns on BattleStar Galactica and The Closer. Great actress. Deal me in.

  • DenverDean

    I remember all the initial hating on MM’s character, but I thought it was a smart add to TC. It’s too bad that KS wanted to quit – it could’ve gone on for at least three more years, but I’m certainly looking forward to MC. I expect it to do well.

  • Tina

    Looking forward to Mary McDonnell being the lead in this spin off. Very smart move for TNT to have a two time Academy nominee lead this show
    Mary is a very talented actress! We will not be disappointed!

  • Christine

    Just saw Michael Paul Chan in the Goonies the other day, never realized he was in it! He looks younger now! Glad to see he’s coming back.

  • Brad

    Huh – I figured Gabriel was too obvious for the mole. Never warmed to that character.

  • Jester

    I’m REALLY, REALLY going to miss Brenda Leigh Johnson and, while I cannot imagine the murder room without her brilliance, I love the supporting characters. Combine that with wonderful writing and production and I am more than willing to give Major Crimes every chance.

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