'Major Crimes' Renewed by TNT for Second Season

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September 27th, 2012

via press release:

TNT Books Second Season of Cable's #1 New Drama,
Major Crimes

 has renewed its hit original series Major Crimes, the year's #1 new cable drama. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of the Warner Bros. Television crime drama, which features two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell leading an outstanding ensemble cast. Major Crimes currently airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, with the first season finale slated for mid-October and the second season scheduled to roll out in summer 2013.

"With Major Crimes, James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of The Closer, but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit," said Michael Wrig ht, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Week after week, Major Crimes has drawn millions of fans with its combination of sharp writing and engaging characters brought to life by what can only be described as one of the best acting ensembles on television. We look forward to another season of this remarkable new drama."

With an audience of nearly 7 million viewers, Major Crimes ranks as cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date. It also holds position as one of basic cable's Top 3 new dramas with key adult demos, averaging 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million adults 25-54. Among all original series on cable, Major Crimes ranks third behind TNT's The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles for the quarter-to-date. In addition, the series' Aug. 13 premiere audience of 9.5 million viewers set a new record as basic cable's most-watched series launch ever.

With the renewal of Major Crimes, TNT has now gone three-for-three when it comes to ordering second seasons of its new scripted dramas. The network previously renewed its hit primetime drama Dallas, which brought together iconic stars from the original series with a new generation of cast members. More recently, TNT renewed the crime drama Perception, starring Eric McCormack.

  • Sandra J. Price

    I LOVE MAJOR CRIMES…KEEP SHOW GOING…When will it be new episodes

  • Lu Jensen

    KUDOS to the writers of Major Crimes – keeping the bit of humor makes this THE show of the season. These actors became a super family during “The Closer” and they kept this same feeling. GREAT JOB ! I love it ! ! !

  • Eric Furan

    I always enjoyed the tension between the bureaucratic Mary McDonnell and the wildly colorful Kyra Sedgwick characters on the Closer, but because the Mary McDonnell character appeared so bureaucratic and pedestrian I felt she would be unable to carry the entire show as the lead. The first few episodes seemed to bear out my initial feelings, however as the season progressed the show began to develop legs and the supporting cast became much more developed than it was during the Closer days. By the time the final episodes began to air I found myself actually looking forward to the next weeks show and am frankly very happy that Major Crimes has been picked up for a second season. It has begun to develop it’s own personality and by next year if the writers continue to fufill the promise they showed this season, I’m willing to bet it will be a major draw for the network…..I know I’ll be watching. Kudos TNT!

  • L Brochu

    I really was sad when I heard that Kyra sedwick was not returning to the closer but as I have watched Major Crimes, I really now notice that the writers are focusing on the team members quite a bit more. writers are focusing on them individually more than they did in the closer. No matter what, this is a great show and cannot wait till season 2 comes along.

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