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TNT renews ‘Major Crimes’



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Life without Kyra Sedgwick isn’t quite the same but the end of Atlanta-based TNT’s “The Closer” didn’t mean the end of her team. Most of the “Closer” cast segued over to spin-off “Major Crimes,” which has just been renewed for a second season.

“Major Crimes,” which airs Mondays at 9 p.m., is receiving 15 more episodes next year.  The first season finale is slated for mid October and it will return next summer.

While the show doesn’t pull in “Closer” numbers, TNT didn’t really expect it to. But it has retained at least two thirds of the audience, averaging 7 million viewers (including DVR usage) every week. That’s certainly good enough for renewal. And against fresh broadcast competition this past Monday, it held up well.

“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 Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a press release.

TNT had a solid summer, with three new drama hits: “Major Crimes,” “Perception” and “Dallas” and just one clear-cut bust: the reality show “The Great Escape,” which certainly won’t be coming back. “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Falling Skies” were also given renewals for 2013.

This leaves two summer shows in possible limbo: “Leverage” and ‘Franklin & Bash.” Neither has been given a green light for new seasons just yet. Both had good ratings numbers but their survival may depend on what else TNT has on its plate in terms of new original programming and how these two shows fit in.

TNT’s other original show ‘Southland” airs in the spring of 2013.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

15 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

No, it’s not “The Closer”, then again, how could it be without Brenda Leigh? I like “Major Crimes” fine, I like the new, harsher tone (Provenza, and I like getting to know Capt. Raydor (sp?) better.
I’m glad they let Fritz stay and hope to see more of his character. Perhaps Mrs. Fritz will pop up next season!

old teach

September 27th, 2012
9:16 pm

I agree with Mercedes. It’s great that the majority of the cast was preserved, and I enjoy seeing H. G. Bailey more. Major Crimes is a very good show. (Now if TNT had only picked up The Firm…)


September 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

@Old Teach – I am with you on The Firm. I read there will be second season in Canada where it is filmed and produced.You can sometimes get shows from there on Youtube. I like Major Crimes because it broadens the other characters storylines.


September 28th, 2012
7:45 am

I thought oh no Major Crimes will not be any good but I dare say it is evety bit as good as the closet if not better. I love the interaction between the captain and rusty it brings a totally new element to the show.


September 28th, 2012
7:56 am

I was a long time “Closer” fan and am happy to say I’m enjoying “Major Crimes” just as much. Glad it has been renewed. I love seeing these characters continue on and learning more about their back stories.


September 28th, 2012
7:58 am

I’m enjoying this show and yes it is’t the Closer, loved that show. I do miss the old Provenza. The things he and Fritz got into were too funny and now Provenza seems to be serious all the time. i hope they let him go back to the old Provenza once and a while. They haven’t even done any jokes about his age so far. I think he is one of the best actors I’ve seen because of his range. Can’t believe this is the first thing I’ve ever seen him in. Great show. Thanks


September 28th, 2012
8:22 am

Capt Raydor is the most unlikeable creepy character on TV. Really takes awayu from the show and makes it unwatchable.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
8:53 am

Jbark – have you even seen “Major Crimes”? The Raydor you describe is the Raydor of “The Closer”.She’s a totally different person in the new show.


September 28th, 2012
11:39 am

OMG, PLEASE don’t get rid of Franklin and Bash! It’s one of the only shows I DVR. First Men of a Certain Age and now this. I guess TNT and I are on different pages. I don’t watch any of the other shows except Dallas and Law and Order reruns.

[...] Yesterday, in a blog entry about Atlanta-based TNT renewing “Major Crimes,” I openly speculated about the future of two scripted dramas that had not been given a renewal yet: “Leverage” and “Franklin & Bash.” [...]

TV Buff

September 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

I am somehow not surprised Major Crimes was renewed. America loves it crime shows. Just look at CSI and Law and Order. I have been able to keep up with Major Crimes through my Apple TV and I enjoy it. I like that Julio and Tao are getting more involved in stories. Tao has a story this week! Now its either Leverage or Franklin and Bash? That will be an interesting call.

Laura T.

September 30th, 2012
11:39 am

I LOVE Major Crimes…..I really don’t miss Brenda that much, it was time for her to leave. I think Major Crimes is just as good as the Closer and I hope it succeeds and is as big a hit as The Closer was. I hope we will get to know more about Flynn, Provenza, Tau and Sanchez as well as getting to know Capt. Raydor. I do miss Gabriel and Chief pope a little bit, but maybe we’ll see them now and then.

Debbie (Gma)

October 1st, 2012
8:17 pm

Am absolutely hooked on Major Crimes. I think everyone misses Brenda (and her sweet tooth) but Major Crimes goes a very long way in soothing the loss.

Ron Hofstatter

October 1st, 2012
11:48 pm

I couldn’t stand Momaaaa nor Dadddddddy, nor could I stand Momaaa saying “Brenda Leeeeeeee” I just muted the program when Momaaaa and Dadddddy were on the show. Now I can’t stand Dusty or Rusty being on the show. The captain does not appear to be a real life mother nor why Rusty is a part of the show. Why can’t the team solve the murder and just do that, like Law and Order. As long as Rusty stays on the program you won’t see me watching.


October 3rd, 2012
5:10 am

I really like Major Crimes, I think Sharon Raydor has a great deal of depth that was hinted at during the Closer but is being explored more fully in the new show. Brenda Leigh’s biggest fault was her complete lack of introspection and her inability to see anyone’s side of a situation besides her own. Sharon’s is being so tightly wound that she comes across as cold and harsh but the great thing about both shows is and was the incredible ability of such great actresses to bring those characters to life and make them multi-dimensional. I love that we see more of Julio and Provenza as part of the team and this werk’s focus on Tao was a nice addition. Just hope Flynn hasore to do soon as he is my favorite. The entire cast has such depth it’s like they are real people. I look forward to seeing it every week and I especially like the interaction between Sharon and Rusty. It satisfies the emotional gap that was previously filled by Brenda and Fritz’s relationship. Great show! So happy it will be back!