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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk