Welcome to MajorCrimesTV.net, your trusted source of news and information for the hit TNT drama Major Crimes. From Creator/Executive Producer James Duff, this spin-off of the groundbreaking series The Closer 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.
Warner Brothers has announced that Major Crimes: The Complete 2nd Season will be released on DVD on June 10th, 2014.
From the press release:
Major Crimes is back on the case for a thrilling second season as two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell continues as Captain Sharon Raydor, the head of the LAPD’s Major Crimes division, joined by an unforgettable ensemble cast. As the second season opens, the team immediately dives into some of the most challenging and fascinating crimes yet, including the murder of a big-time film producer’s wife, an apparent murder-suicide and a high-speed car chase that leads to a triple homicide.
Just as the squad seems to be adjusting to last year’s leadership change, Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios (new series star Nadine Velazquez – Flight, Hart of Dixie) arrives to challenge Raydor’s intentions and shake up the department. Torn between what is right morally and what the law commands, Raydor and her team are faced with more personal and professional struggles than ever as they continue to make deals and crack cases.
The 4-DVD set will include all 19 episodes from the 2nd season, as well as the following special features:
- Major Crimes: Subjects Unknown (Featurette) – Examine how each character grapples with questions of identity in a season full of drama. Interviews with the cast and producers
- Deleted Scenes
The set is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com
Several months ago we told you about the Major Crimes Cookbook, a labor of love from the cast and crew of Major Crimes. The book features favorite recipes of the cast and crew, as well as fabulous cover artwork by none other than Major Crimes costume designer Greg LaVoi! All proceeds from the sales of the book benefit G.W. Bailey’s The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.
Due to overwhelming demand, the first printing of these cookbooks sold out before ever being offered to the public, but we are thrilled to announce that the second printing is now in stock, and ready for purchase!
The books cost $25 plus $5 shipping within the United States. Visit The Sunshine Kids Foundation website now to order your very own copy today!
International purchasing options are available- email email@example.com for details.
In addition, there are just a few Limited Edition Cookbooks that have been hand-signed by the entire cast of Major Crimes, including Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Kearran Giovanni, Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan, Graham Patrick Martin, Jonathan Del Arco, Robert Gosett and more. The signed editions cost $250, and are available only by calling The Sunshine Kids directly at (800) 594-5756.
Visit The Sunshine Kids Foundation website now to order your very own copy today!
The season finale of Major Crimes took aim and hit its target, winning as the top cable program of the night, and scoring the highest ratings of the winter season with 5.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day ratings. This was a 10% increase over last weeks episode, and a 4% increase over the previous winter season high set several weeks ago. In the targeted demos, the episode came in with 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.1 million adults 18-49, an increase of 6% and 4%, respectively.
UPDATED 1/24/14: The season finale of Major Crimes propelled the series into its fifth consecutive win as basic cables most watched original series of the week. In time delayed ratings, the series continued to dominate, with a massive 7.1 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings, a 9% increase over the previous season high from the week before. In key demos, Major Crimes had 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 day, a 3% and 5% increase over the prior week, respectively.
The season 2 finale of Major Crimes was not only the most watched episode of the winter season, it also scored as the most-watched episode of the entire second season, besting it’s own summer outings!
The penultimate episode of the season was the most watched original series on basic cable, with 6.5 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings, and 1.9 million and 1.4 million viewers in the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics.
Rounding out the stellar season, as we previously reported, Major Crimes also scored a spot on the Top Ten List of Most Watched Shows in America, where it shared the number 10 spot for most watched show for the week of December 23-29th, among all shows on cable or broadcast. Among its fellow cable shows, it ranks as one of the Top Ten Shows of 2013.
Of the second season of Major Crimes, Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, said, “After launching as basic cable’s #1 new series in 2012, Major Crimes came back with a second season packed with fascinating and exciting cases and a powerful personal story involving Captain Raydor and Rusty, the young witness in her care. It was all brought together by one of the best acting ensembles on television and a production team that is second-to-none. We are enormously happy with the success of Major Crimes and look forward to another exceptional season this summer.”
In a new interview with Life Reimagined, Mary McDonnell talks about the unexpected turn-of-events that lead her to role on Major Crimes, now one of the most-watched shows on TV, and how at one point in her career she thought, ““I was at a certain age where I wondered if Hollywood would ever let me work again.”
“There’s babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy,” fumes Goldie Hawn’s character in The First Wives Club, uttering the much-quoted line lamenting the three stages for actresses. Mary McDonnell says that line speaks the truth.
In the 1990s, the flame-haired beauty played babe roles in Dances with Wolves where she snuggled with Kevin Costner and Independence Day where she was the brave First Lady. A few birthdays later she wondered: Is my career over?
“I’m not 25. I’m not even 40,” says the soft-spoken actress who never dreamed that at 60, she would become the star of Major Crimes on TNT, one of the biggest hit dramas on TV. “I was at a certain age where I wondered if Hollywood would ever let me work again.”
She paved the way to playing Capt. Sharon Raydor, head of the LAPD major crimes division with a surprising move: downsizing her expectations. When she got a call to do a small role on The Closer opposite Kyra Sedgwick, McDonnell didn’t pass because it wasn’t the lead – or the sexy love interest.
“I think you have to change your expectations with age,” she says. “It wasn’t the biggest role to start, but I knew this was a refreshing role because I would work with creative and brilliant people. Meanwhile, I would be playing a female police captain and woman of power. She’s competent in her own skin, but dealing with all the dysfunctional things in her life. This is a woman who gets the job done.”
Then something incredible happened. When The Closer ended, McDonnell got the call to make Capt. Raydor the lead in her own series. “If I didn’t do that role on The Closer, I wouldn’t be here talking about this great show today,” she says.
With this amazing opportunity, she had to shift her expectations once more, and deal with some anxiety. “I had a lot of fears born from an actor always wanting to do well. Could I pull it off?” she says. “That’s when I realized that my fears really did inform this character while speaking to so many real-life women. After 40, it’s about how do you get clear, and how do you practice living a great life. That’s what I try to do.”
The result? “I hear from women all the time who say, ‘Thank you for showing me someone my own age on TV. They can relate to her issues. It’s like meeting up with an old friend once a week,” she says.
The job has helped McDonnell stay in tune with herself. Because she wants to portray women in the healthiest, most beautiful way on the small screen, she says, “I ask for what I need including in this HDTV age asking the cameramen to shoot me in a loving way.”
Most mornings you can find her doing laps in the pool at her home in Pacific Palisades. “It’s just you and the water. You can’t be on the phone. You don’t have to run through a laundry list of things to do. You just have to focus on breathing and swimming. It’s not just good for you, but a great way to get rid of any stress.”
McDonnell’s Tips for Looking and Feeling Good
Admit What You Can’t Do: “I’m a terrible cook. I need help and ask for help within my family. We work together to create balanced meals.”
Forget the Numbers Game: “In my mind, I still feel the enthusiasm of 25. I still feel the same drive about life.”
Go Inside: “I like to meditate to stay in tune with my body. It also helps you open up and broaden your life.”
Reembrace Childhood Loves: “I was a competitive swimmer as a child and that gave my body a good base. I just have to keep it up at this age. I do advise people to think about how they were active as kids and what they loved and try to incorporate it into a healthy activity now.”
In 2005, after 30 years of great success as an actor in TV and film, Michael Paul Chan auditioned for a supporting role as a detective in a new show. Coming off the cancellation the previous year of another show he worked on, Chan was initially wary of reentering the series television world, but fate had other plans. “I’ll always remember the audition experience for The Closer; I got the material and the writing just popped. I instantly knew how I’d go with it, and my instincts were correct as the audition went great. And now it’s ten years later!”
MajorCrimesTV.net spoke with Chan as filming on Major Crimes’ second season was just winding down, and he told us that he is grateful for the opportunity to still be inhabiting Tao ten years later, especially as much of his early career was spent as a guest-star, with appearances on over 300 episodes of television, many of those as the villain of the week. Now he relishes the chance to play a smart detective with a good heart, and to have that role to come back to every season.