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“Dead Zone” – Monday, August 29, 2016 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
While investigating a murder that has personal implications for Sanchez, the squad uncovers a much larger criminal operation. Meanwhile, Buzz comes face to face with someone that may have been present at his father’s murder.
Directed by Patrick Duffy
Written by Kendall Sherwood
Created by James Duff
With nary a political convention or sporting event in sight, last night’s episode of Major Crimes saw huge gains in the ratings, with a 20% increase in total viewers. The outing brought in 3.93 million live + same day viewers, making it the second-most watched episode of the summer season thus far, and second most-watched cable offering of the night. Likewise, gains were also seen in the key demos, which rose 13% to 0.45 million viewers 18-49, on par with the season average to date.
While Live + 3 day numbers for last week’s outing weren’t available at press time, last week’s episode of Major Crimes continued to perform well throughout the week, coming in as the third most-watched cable outing of the week, just behind the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead and the final episodes of Rizzoli & Isles. Against the rest of TNT’s summer slate, Major Crimes continues to outperform, more than tripling the viewers of Murder in the First (1.31/0.3) and adding more than 1.6 million viewers over The Last Ship(2.32/0.6).
Major Crimes returns with an all-new episode next Monday at 10pm/9c on TNT.
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Welcome to Episode 6 of ‘What Would Sharon Raydor Do?’, the podcast devoted to getting an in-depth view at Major Crimes Captain Sharon Raydor by the woman who knows her best, Mary McDonnell. This week’s guest host is Kathe Mazur, who plays DDA Andrea Hobbs. In this episode we dive in to episode 8 of Season 5 of Major Crimes “Off The Wagon”. Mary and Kathe discuss the episode, the relationship between their characters, and both character’s back stories. Get to know the characters and the women behind them.
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As part of our weekly series “Inside the Fitting Room” we spoke to Major Crimes costume designer Greg LaVoi to get an inside look at the fashion and costumes behind this week’s episode, “Off the Wagon.”
MajorCrimesTV: This episode was so fun and different, with the faux-trailer for the Gold Storm TV show, and the show-within-a-show you created. Tell us about how you designed “Gold Storm.”
Greg LaVoi: Mike Zara wrote this episode, and Stacey K. Black directed. And it seems like every time Stacey directs, it turns out to be an episode where I get to do a fun costume design. This one, when I read it, I was so excited, because we got to do a superhero!
Once I had an idea in mind, and did a few sketches of what I wanted to do, then it was a matter of deciding if we were going to go with pieces that already existed and turn them into one outfit, or make our own, especially with the gold leather coat. So we sourced swatches of fabrics, and compared them to what was available for actual gold leather raincoats. Ultimately we decided to make it ourselves because it would both be easier to construct, and much more fun. So once we had the fabric swatch of what we wanted to do, and the sketch, I took that to the show-and-tell with the creative team for the episode, and they loved it, so it was created from there. And once the actor was cast he had some ideas about wanting it to flow and be more like a cape, so then it became a little bit more designed by committee. But the actual end result was just so cool, and to see it shot in the rain at the Paramount Studios backlot was just amazing. I loved it.
MCTV: And the mask?
GLV: That was bought on-line. My shopper on this episode googled “masks” and found it. It’s custom-made for us by a mask-maker, but we had no idea what it was going to be like. We had instructions from James about what it should and shouldn’t cover on his face, so to find all those things in one was hard, Terry on my team found it and delivered it and it was amazing. It had an ominous but also powerful look to it.
The rest of the outfit came together great as well. We found the lightning bolt buckle on line, and the sneakers were shiny gold leather with white soles and studs on them. All the pieces just came together so well on the end product. I love it.
MCTV: The trailer they released for the Gold Storm opening was great, and such a departure for the show. What went into creating the look for the rest of the characters in that?
GLV: To dress those folks in the trailer in the very retro Clark Kent-Lois Lane type stuff was amazing because they enhanced the colors for those shots. Stacey wanted us to play up some of the red and pop some of those colors because then when the girl was shot with the little white sundress on, the red would pop out of there. The other patron had a polka-dot sweater which was a J. Crew, that we shortened and totally re-made. So I think the sweater was white with navy blue dots and her purse was navy with white dots. The purse was my mom’s, a vintage Kate Spade that I put into stock.
MCTV: Another character who had a bit of a departure in their regular clothing this episode was Sykes. How did her undercover look come together?
GLV: Well, it was written as she was going undercover as an actress, so in the show and tell, we showed them a black leather jacket. And Stacey thought that since we had showcased red in the beginning of the episode, it would be great to put Sykes in red as well. Kearran originally wasn’t so happy about the red as it isn’t her favorite color, but once I let her know that the director had requested it, she was more willing. So we found this great IRO red leather biker jacket with silver-studded trim, then I put her in a tight little Bebe skirt and a Chanel bag and Christian Louboutin heels, so she looked the part of a Beverly Hills actress that’s coming in for what the doctor can give her (laughs).
MCTV: I love seeing these glimpse of Sykes all dolled up, and letting Kearran shine. This season has been great for that. Now, lets talk about Sharon’s outfit. To me, it seemed like her look was a bit different than what we usually see from her.
GLV: Yes. For her first home look, we had a beautiful emerald green Stella McCartney sweater in the opening, which was so beautiful with her coloring. It’s the first time we’ve used this sweater, but I just love it.
Then for her second look, she wore a tan chiffon, light gray and pink striped Theory blouse, and the jacket was a Rag & Bone denim blue that we’ve seen before, with the Alexander McQueen pants we’ve seen a few times this season. I wanted her to be a little more colorful, a little more “up” in this comedy episode, and I think it did the trick.
MCTV: It was interesting, because the only shots of her that came out ahead of the episode were the ones at home with Rusty without the jacket, and from those, it was surprising because it looks so different without the jacket.
GLV: Exactly. On its own it’s kind of causal but then you dress it up with a jacket and it’s great in the workplace. It’s fun to put Mary in blouses because we get to see them both ways often, with and without the jackets.
MCTV: And it seems like this time, instead of a color matching, she had a bit of stripe-matching going on with Andy Flynn?
GLV: Yes, indeed. The Shandy match!
MCTV: Then towards the end we had another totally different look for her.
GLV: Yes, back to the classic Raydor look. A navy The Row, three-quarter sleeved single button sport coat, and then just an Armani lavender scoop t-shirt and her Armani pants.
MCTV: We got our first look at Sharon Beck being noticeably pregnant in this episode. How was that accomplished?
GLV: They made a prosthetic belly for that, to do the ultrasound. That wasn’t us, but then we had to worry about what clothes to put over it. But that was an actual prosthetic belly that was made for her pregnancy.
GLV: For Sherilyn Fenn, that was an amazing outfit on her. She was in a sleeveless blouse, red and black polka dot blouse, and then a Theory black skirt with black jacket that she just adored. It was so fun to work with somebody iconic like Sherilyn Fenn.
And Missi Pile, that was a fantastic look too, and getting to design that whole pool party scene was a blast. The bathing suit was an Emilio Pucci bathing suit, and the shoes were Rene Caovilla that were amazing, and so fun to have that kind of look poolside. For her other scene, she was dressed in a Marie France Van Damme tank, silver lame, J brand jeans, and a Kooples jacket. I’m really loving Kooples this year for a lot of the different characters.
And Stephanie Courtney, who we all know as Flo from the Progressive commercials. She was a hoot to meet, and so iconic. I had her in a Bebe blouse and a Bebe skirt and a Calvin Klein jacket, and I love her because she’s curvy and she’s fun, and she was playing a great character.
This really was just a fun episode to design, and the guest cast was wonderful. So many big personalities, and they all got along great, and were lovely to work with.
We’ll be back next week with more from the costume department, and a discussion of the fashion from the next new episode of Major Crimes. For more information about Greg LaVoi’s career, check out our in-depth 2013 interview here, and follow him on twitter @GregLaVoi.
Special thanks to TNT, Warner Bros, Greg LaVoi and the Major Crimes costume department for making this segment possible.
“Family Law” – Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10 p.m.
When a jogger takes a nasty fall down the steps of L.A.’s storied Greek Theatre, Major Crimes finds itself investigating a divorce attorney with a lot of angry clients, and Lt. Tao goes undercover in the world of college age hookers. Meanwhile, Buzz connects his partials to a complete print, and learns the identity of one suspect.
Directed by David Harp
Written by Mike Berchem
Created by James Duff
More than halfway through it’s summer season, Major Crimes continues to dominate in the ratings, consistently outperforming the rest of cable’s summer slate.
Up against stiff competition from the summer Olympics, last night’s superhero-themed episode of Major Crimes brought in 3.2 million total viewers. This was down 11% over the last new episode two weeks ago, but consistent with the across-the-board drops on both cable and broadcast due to competition from the Olympics broadcast. In key demographics, the episode remained steady at 0.4 million viewers 18-49.
Against the rest of TNT’s slate, Major Crimes continues to be a top performer, beating out the most recent episodes of The Last Ship (2.0/0.5), Murder in the First (1.1/0.2), and the season finale of Animal Kingdom (1.51/0.5).
In time-delayed ratings, Major Crimes has continued it’s dominance at the top of the cable ratings, cinching the top spots for the last two episodes.
In live+3 day ratings, episode 506 grew a massive 69%, topping out at 6.16 million viewers, and becoming the most watched scripted cable offering of the week in L3. Rizzoli & Isles claimed the number two spot with a gain of 45%. Even greater gains were seen in the key demos, where the episode rose 80% to 0.9 million viewers 18-49.
Meanwhile episode 507 likewise added almost 60% to its live+same day numbers, finishing at 5.8 million viewers, and winning the week for greatest gains in Live + 3 day ratings, and coming in just under Rizzoli & Isles for most total viewers in L3. The episode outperformed over the prior week, doubling its number in viewers 18-49 to 0.8 million viewers.
“Off the Wagon” – Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Lts. Andy Flynn (Tony Denison) and Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan) delve into the mysterious overdose of a young Hollywood star and the trail of emotional destruction he left in his wake, while Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) finally comes to a conclusion about how to handle the pregnancy of his biological mother (Ever Carradine).
Directed by Stacey K. Black
Written by Michael Zara
Created by James Duff
As part of our new weekly series “Inside the Fitting Room” we spoke to Major Crimes costume designer Greg LaVoi to get an inside look at the fashion and costumes behind last week’s episode, “Moral Hazard.”
MajorCrimesTV: The last few episodes have each taken place over several different days, and thus each character has had several different costume changes. In contrast, this episode took place all over one day, and as such, everyone (with the exception of the Jere Burns character) had just one costume all episode. It very much helped make it clear that the episode was in the same day, and it really contributed to the intensity of that.
Greg LaVoi: Exactly. In something like this, it’s such a real episode, very reality based, so you have to believe that that it’s real, and that the clothes are part of the story, but not in an obvious way. I love going to a film or watching a TV show where you don’t even notice the clothes because then I think that truly is a successful designer, having success with the clothes, and making them very real to the story.
MCTV: Sharon Raydor and the rest of the team just had the one costume throughout the episode. What was she wearing for this?
GLV: Sharon wore a pin-striped charcoal-grey Armani that we got last spring at Saks. It’s just beautiful, it’s grey flannel, and who doesn’t look good in grey flannel?
The dress is a wool crepe shift dress, and it’s actually “turtle green”, not black, and it’s by Akris Punto. In the store it looked black, and then when we got it to the office it’s actually this beautiful turtle green…it’s just wonderful.
MCTV: Patrice’s sundresses were such a breath of fresh air in this episode – bright and summery. How did you decide on them? Continue reading