Welcome to MajorCrimesTV.net, your trusted source of news and information for the hit TNT drama Major Crimes. The series from Creator/Executive Producer James Duff brings the familiar characters of the LAPD’s elite Major Crimes Division into all-new situations as they adjust to being led by Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), while still trying to close the department’s highest-profile cases.
Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos took the stage for a joint panel at last month’s C2E2 convention in Chicago. The sold-out crowd was treated to behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the set of Battlestar Galactica, and much more, and we’re pleased to present video of that panel for those that weren’t able to attend the show.
Special thanks to the Reed Pop Media Team for providing this footage.
TNT today announced the return date for Major Crimes, and a new time slot for the series fifth season.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Major Crimes season 5 will premiere on Monday, June 13, 2016 on TNT. For the first time since its series premiere, the show will be moving to 10pm, following the final season of Rizzoli and Isle at 9pm.
MajorCrimesTV.net has reached out to TNT for comment, and will update this story as more information is available.
From the TNT Press release:
Major Crimes – Season 5 Premiere: Monday, June 13, at 10/9c
Major Crimes centers on a special unit of Los Angeles Police Department detectives responsible for investigating high-profile crimes. The series features a stellar ensemble cast headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor. Also starring are G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert and reserve officer Buzz Watson, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales and Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. In addition, Graham Patrick Martin stars as Rusty Beck, a formerly homeless teen who was adopted by Captain Raydor in the third season.
Major Crimes returns with more mysteries in its fifth season as the squad sets out to solve some of the worst and most challenging homicides in America’s second largest city. Whether it involves hunting for a missing teenage girl who vanished while helping the homeless, hunting down the killer of a potentially dirty cop, following up on an ISIS-related beheading in an isolated corner of Los Angeles, or putting back together a body burnt to cinders in an Elysian Park grilling pit, the investigators strive to return balance to the scales of justice. This season, Sharon also strives to push her adopted son, Rusty, through college while figuring out where she wants to go in her ongoing romance with Andy Flynn; Julio Sanchez decides to try to adopt a child himself; Provenza develops some sensitivities related to his new marriage to Patrice (recurring guest star Dawnn Lewis); Buzz Watson picks up where the LAPD left off on their murder investigation of his father and uncle 30 years ago; Mike Tao wins an award for his work as a Hollywood consultant; and Amy Sykes confronts whether she wants to have children or stay focused on her career.
In season four, Major Crimes reached an average of 10.3 million viewers per episode across TNT’s linear, mobile and digital platforms. The series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association withWarner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius serve as executive producers.
The season finale of Major Crimes brought with it Patrice and Provenza’s long-awaited nuptials, and a strong finish in the ratings.
3.4 million viewers turned in for the resolution to the Hindsight five-episode winter arc, and it won the night as the most watched scripted show for the 5th consecutive week. In key demographics, the episode remained steady with its winter high, with 0.5 million viewers 18-49.
Last week’s episode continued to perform strongly, ending the week as the second most-watched scripted series of the week, behind only The Walking Dead.
Episode 403 Major Crimes continued to see strong growth in time-delayed ratings, gaining 52% in Live + 3 day to a total of 4.5 million viewers. Even greater increases were seen in the key demographics, which rose a 75% to 0.7 million viewers 18-49.
MajorCrimesTV.net wishes to congratulate the cast and crew on a truly stellar season.
Major Crimes will return for season 5 this summer on TNT.
In Part I of our interview with Mary McDonnell, she discussed the evolution of the relationships between the characters on Major Crimes, and how that on-screen familiarity has translated cinto a true off-screen camaraderie with her cast and crew. The strong behind-the-scenes friendships have been more valuable than ever this season, as the cast and crew have had to balance their longest season ever with their personal lives. It seems fitting then that balance has been revealed to be the theme of season five of Major Crimes, as in Part II of our interview, McDonnell reveals her own challenges in balancing the personal and professional halves of Sharon Raydor’s life. McDonnell herself has worked to find balance between bringing Captain Raydor to the screen, and continuing to deepen her commitment to her other passions, and for the first time discusses her charity work with Sinte Gleska University, a tribal college on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, which she first became aware of during the filming of Dances with Wolves.
Four years into her journey of playing Captain Sharon Raydor, McDonnell says her focus this season is ensuring that Raydor does not become complacent in her position now that she’s achieved stability and success within her role as the head of the Major Crimes division. “My biggest challenge right now is in finding ways to deepen her commitment to the workplace when sometimes the writing may or may not indicate that. She is discovering I think, the more she keeps this job, the more she likes it. And the closer she gets to the individuals she’s working with, the more she feels like this is the right place to be. And yet, she could retire. She has different things that have been offered to her. So it’s a very interesting thing for me, the actress, to focus Sharon’s mind into the work in a way that’s really fascinating and deeper. For me to help Sharon ask some bigger questions of herself, and find better ways to get the job done more quickly and more profoundly.”
While viewers have often commented on Raydor’s absence from the initial crime scenes, McDonnell says that is a conscious choice on the part of the writers. However, she notes that not being present for those scenes often confronts her with an additional challenge in how she is able to approach accessing the emotions of her character without that essential first encounter with the victim. “Sharon not being present at the crime scene is very accurate from what her position would be, and it balances out our ensemble in a very healthy manner, by giving Lt. Provenza the opportunity to utilize his position and longevity to run the crime scene, while she runs the division. But as an actress, not being viscerally present at the crime scenes – not walking through them, not being the first responder, not having the action sequences and the heart pounding, car chasing moments – as an actress then you have to fill that in. You have to fill in the connection to your victim, and your commitment to finding the perpetrator. You have to fill in your connection to the victimized, and the families.” Continue reading
Wedding bells are in Provenza’s future – or are they?
Major Crimes wraps up its five-winter season tonight with an explosive season finale, but the case isn’t the only thing that’s going to be coming to a head. According to the sneak peek clip below, Provenza is up against more than one ticking clock as he tries to appease finance Patrice by getting wedding invitations out by her deadline, while still trying to help the team solve a gruesome series of murders.
Watch the below video to see how Provenza might be roping Buzz into his little scheme, and don’t miss the Major Crimes season finale tonight at 9PM/8C on TNT.
Residents of Chicago and surrounding areas, don’t miss your chance to meet Mary McDonnell next weekend at the Chicago Comic atand Entertainment Expo (C2E2), March 18-20, 2016 at McCormick Place Convention Center.
McDonnell will be appearing as a media guest at the event, and will be participating in two Q&A panel discussions, as well as in autograph and photo op sessions throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, McDonnell and her former Battlestar Galactica costar Edward James Olmos will participate in a Q&A session about their time on that show. At a featured solo panel on Sunday, McDonnell will discuss her current role as Captain Sharon Raydor on Major Crimes as well as other roles in her career.
Proceeds from McDonnell’s appearance at C2E2 will benefit Sinte Gleska University.
For tickets and more information, visit C2E2′s website.
See below for McDonnell’s C2E2 schedule, and follow MajorCrimesTV.net on Twitter for schedule updates, as well as live reporting from the event.
SEASON FINALE: Major Crimes
“Hindsight – Part 5″ – Monday, March 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The conclusion of “Hindsight” ties all the threads of seven murders together, with the field of suspects narrowed to three. And Mark Hickman finally confronts the truth about his past as Sharon Raydor makes good use of a highly unreliable witness. Provenza and Patrice solve their wedding issues.
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Written by Michael Berchem & Duppy Demetrius
Created by James Duff
Last night’s episode of Major Crimes brought with it some resolutions in the ongoing winter story arc, and the best ratings thus far of the winter season.
The penultimate episode of season four brought in 3.5 million total viewers, setting a new winter high. The almost 20% increase over last weeks ratings helped the episode win the night as the most watched scripted cable series of the night for the fourth consecutive week. In key demos the episode saw even greater gains, growing 25% over the prior week to 0.5 million viewers 18-49.
Last weeks episode continued to perform strongly throughout the week, coming in as the second most watched cable series of the week, behind only The Walking Dead. Major Crimes also greatly outperformed fellow TNT series Rizzoli and Isles by more than 500k viewers.
In time-delayed ratings, episode 402 of the winter arc continued to hold its own, adding over 1.5 million viewers in Live + 3 day viewership for a total of 4.7 million viewers. Strong gains were also seen in the key demos, where the episode gained 60% to 0.8 million viewers 18-49 years old.