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.
Major Crimes ended its blockbuster summer season with a definitive BOOM, with 5.73 million viewers tuning in last night to watch the showdown between the Major Crimes Unit and Special Operations Bureau. The episode, featuring a faceoff between Sharon Raydor and guest stars Jon Tenney and Laurie Holden (and the secondary faceoff between Sharon Raydor and Sharon Beck) now marks the 2nd highest rated outing of the season, and won the night as the most watched cable program.
Last weeks installment of Major Crimes brought in another big score for this season, winning the week as the most watched cable outing (scripted, reality or sports) for the third week in a row, and racking up 6.7 million viewers so far in Live + 3 day delivery. Meanwhile episode 308 continued to set records in time shifted viewing, with a final tally of 7.8 million viewers in Live + 7, a 6% increase over the prior weeks episode, making it the 3rd highest rated episode of the series.
Congrats to the Major Crimes cast and crew for dominating the summer season!
Major Crimes returns with all-new episodes of Monday, December 1st on TNT.
Since TNT’s hit drama Major Crimes debuted, audiences have been delighted to see a whole other side of resident tough-guy Lt. Andy Flynn revealed as Flynn has confronted both family and personal health conflicts, adjusted to new additions to the Major Crimes squad, and, most excitingly, has begun to step toward a potential new romance. Recently, we caught up with Tony Denison on the set of Hollywood Today Live, where he took the time out of his hiatus schedule to update us on Flynn’s journey so far, as well as speculate with us as to what might be next for the smart-alec Lieutenant.
MCTV: Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us again. You are halfway through your third season right now, what’s your experience been like so far and what can we look forward to in the second half?
Tony Denison: This season has been so great that somebody said to me one day, ‘How much longer do you think you can play this character?’ And I am telling you, without exaggeration, that I could go ten more years; I am having so much fun. And it’s ten years into it [playing Lt. Flynn] and I am not even remotely bored. I love every episode and whatever I get to do and I love to work with G.W. Bailey; he’s a friend and he’s a wonderful actor. I also love all of the stuff that I get to do with Mary McDonnell, as well as the other guys in the cast too, like Kearran Giovanni and Raymond Cruz and Michael Paul Chan; they’re all just great.
MCTV: Congratulations on rising to TNT’s “BOOM” rebranding challenge! Major Crimes has been delivering consistent, record-breaking ratings this season. You and the rest of the cast and crew must be incredibly proud of that accomplishment.
TD: We are poised again to be TNT’s number one show. I joked with James Duff one day and I said, ‘if you write it, they will watch.’ And I was right!
MCTV: Last season audiences got to see glimpses of how Flynn’s family life has affected him, but we didn’t actually get the chance to meet any of his family members. If we do get the pleasure of meeting his children this season, what do you think Flynn’s relationship with them will be like?
TD: Well, I know through dealing with a lot of cops that I’ve spoken with over the year that it’s probably a very tough relationship. When you work a profession where when you go out the door in the morning and your family doesn’t know if you’re going to return alive that night, where you’re carrying a gun, it’s got to be a strain on everybody in the family. Whether people openly admit it or not, there’s got to be some kind of like stress and I am sure that it affects everybody in the family to some degree; maybe a lot, maybe a little, but it’s got to be there. So I would guess that Flynn’s character has experienced what a lot of detectives go through when it comes to their families.
MCTV: Is there anything that you’ve wanted Flynn to get to do that you haven’t had the opportunity to do yet on Major Crimes?
TD: Yes, chasing bad guys on horseback.
MCTV: You’d have to commandeer a horse first!
TD: Yes. And I’d like it to be with Flynn and Provenza, both on horses. Somehow they get stuck and they’re on horses and they have to chase somebody on a horse. It would be brilliant.
MCTV: Flynn and Provenza on horseback, somebody call the writers! Speaking of your better half, Provenza has really stepped up as a role model for Rusty in the last two seasons. Additionally, we got to see Flynn shedding some light on Rusty’s mother and her addictions a few episodes ago. Will Flynn further step up as a positive role model for Rusty as Provenza has?
TD: I would guess. I mean, they’ve sort of done it peripherally. And the possibility exists that they’ll do it more but it doesn’t matter if it’s done because my character is a recovering alcoholic. I mean, he can maybe speak with more specificity, but there’s a lot to be said about why they chose G.W’s character. Provenza has wisdom and it’s based on this longevity of the experiences that he’s gone through so that he can talk with somebody who’s experiencing any given issue because he may actually have gone through it himself. But if they want me to interplay with Rusty specifically about that, yeah I’d love to. We’re all supposed to be his godfathers or uncles, Kearran is like the aunt and we’re all the uncles; especially Buzz, who has a lot of interplay with him, just as much as G.W. I would say.
MCTV: We certainly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask you about the much-loved Sharon and Andy dynamic. There has been a definite shift in the relationship between the two of them, from where it began in season one to where it is now. Can you comment on that?
TD: Well I’m not trying to be coy, but I really don’t know where it’s going. In the mid-season finale, there’s sort of more of the way that it’s been going. I was told that when the character playing my daughter shows up that there might be more of Flynn going to Sharon as an ally to help with that and dealing with whatever it is, but I don’t know what it is. But whatever it is will probably just serve to draw us closer together. It’s great the way that it’s developed and it’s wonderful. Because I really love working with Mary McDonnell and I am not just saying that because we’re on the show together, I really do love working with her. She’s a wonderful person, and she’s also such a well-known, talented actress. If this were a brand new project and we were just starting out, I’d be like ‘oh great I’m going to be doing stuff with Mary McDonnell, I loved her in this, I loved her in that,’ so for me I’m not only in the business but I am a fan of the business.
MCTV: Looking ahead, you guys are just about to start filming the second half of the season. What are you most looking forward to?
TD: You have to understand, I don’t consider it work. When people ask me, ‘where are you going today?’ I usually say that I am going to the set or I will say to people that I can’t wait to play today. I hate to call it work. I mean it’s what I do, it is my work, it is what I do for a living, but I don’t really see it as work.
Major Crimes summer finale airs tonight at 9pm/8c on TNT. Major Crimes returns for its winter run on Monday, December 1st. You can learn more about Tony from our previous interview here, and follow him on twitter @RealTonyDenison.
“Zoo Story” – Monday, August 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The LAPD finds itself in a precarious situation during an investigation into the disappearances of a string of young girls from a popular nightclub, leading to a turf battle between The Major Crimes division and the Special Operations Bureau. Fritz Howard remains on the mend from poor health, while Rusty’s mom continues to struggle with the law and her sobriety. Jon Tenney, Laurie Holden, Colin Ferguson, Ellen Wroe, Brandon Barash and Ever Carradine guest star.
Directed by Michael Robin
Written by Leo Geter &Jim Leonard
Created by James Duff
Major Crimes continued its chart-topping summer run last night, winning the night as the most watched basic cable offering with 5.2 million viewers tuning in its penultimate summer outing.
Meanwhile, last weeks episode, the 3rd most watched episode of the series, continued to set records in time-delayed viewing, winning the week as the most watched cable broadcast (including scripted, reality and sports) and brought in the biggest Live + 3 numbers of the season to date, with 7.7 million total viewers, 2.3 million adults 25-54, and 1.8 million adults 18-49. While Live + 7 numbers will not be available for 308 until next week, it will easily surpass the previous Live + 7 season high set by episode 307, with 7.4 million viewers and 2.3 million adults 25-54.
With only one episode left in the summer season, Major Crimes is poised to end the summer as the 2nd highest rated series of the summer (and gaining rapidly on the top position), and is in the Top 4 most watched series in the key 25-54 demographic.
Congrats to the cast and crew on continuing to dominate the summer! BOOM!
Bill Brochtrup has had a successful film, stage, and television career spanning over 20 years. For the past two seasons he has graced our screens on Major Crimes as Rusty’s witty, intelligent, and unorthodox therapist, Dr. Joe, and his character has fast become a fan favorite. Recently Bill took time out of his busy schedule to chat with MajorCrimesTV.net about his television career, his love for the theatre, and his role as Major Crimes’ Dr. Joe.
MajorCrimesTV: The Doctor is in! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. Dr. Joe struck a chord with fans as soon as he was introduced, how exactly did this role come about for you?
Bill Brochtrup: I’ve known James Duff for years, he’s an old friend of mine. I was in a play he wrote and he’s an outstanding writer. I totally knew the show, I had watched like every episode of The Closer and knew every episode of Major Crimes up until I started filming.
I think James was, for a long time, looking for something that might work for me on The Closer but we never really found anything that worked schedule wise or that was the right fit so when he had this idea, I was thrilled and I just jumped at it. I think this part is so good, I love Dr. Joe. Plus I love working with Graham Patrick Martin [Rusty Beck].
MCTV: So you were very familiar with the world of Major Crimes?
BB: Oh, very much so. Hollywood can be kind of a small town. I’ve known Tony Denison [Andy Flynn] for many years. I’ve known Phillip P. Keene [Buzz Watson] as long as I’ve known James, he’s a very good friend. Jonathan Del Arco [Dr. Morales] and I did a play together in the 90s, and I did a play with Kathe Mazur’s [Andrea Hobbs] husband back in 2004.
Coming into Major Crimes, on my first day I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is old home week!’ Also that first episode I did, Esai Morales was a guest star, and we worked together on NYPD Blue for many years, so it really was almost surreal. It was like, ‘Wow, I know everybody here’ and there’s just such a warm feeling in the room.
And that is really created by James. At the table read each week he introduces everybody, he kind of runs the whole thing. The table read is where the cast comes together to read the script before we start filming. And James sets a tone that is unlike any place that I’ve ever worked before; it’s like you’re at a party at his house and when they say “guest” star you really are like a guest in their place. You’re treated like a true guest would be, as if you’re spending the weekend at their house or something. It’s an unusual and very, very nice feeling.’
Major Crimes continued its blockbuster summer season, with 5.84 million viewers tuning in for last nights episode, besting last week’s previous season high by over 6%! This marks a new two-season high for Major Crimes, and it easily won the night as the most watched basic cable program. The episode, featuring 90′s heartthrob Luke Perry and a bevy of winks-and-nods to TV fans and fandom also scored 1.0 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, a whopping 11% increase over last weeks outing. Overall, “Cutting Loose” now marks the 3rd highest rated episode of Major Crimes ever!
Last week’s action packed episode of Major Crimes continued to take no prisoners in time delayed ratings, coming in with a season high 7.3 million viewers in live + 3 ratings (an increase of 4% over the prior week), with 2.2 and 1.6 million viewers in the 22-55 and 18-49 demographics respectively, and won the week as the Most Watched Cable Broadcast (including scripted, reality and sports).
With two episodes left in the summer season, Major Crimes is poised to end the summer as the 2nd most watched scripted series of the summer (and gaining rapidly on the top position), and is in the Top 4 most watched series in the key 25-54 demographic.
Congrats to the cast and crew on continuing to dominate the summer! BOOM!
“Sweet Revenge” – Monday, August 4, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The mysterious murder of a tech-entrepreneur with questionable morals and possible mob connections has the Major Crimes division working overtime. Meanwhile, Rusty struggles to feel accepted when Raydor’s son Ricky comes home to visit and Fritz Howard prepares to assume command of the LAPD’s Special Operations Bureau. Adam Busch, Ryan Kennedy, Jon Tenney, Dylan Bruno and Noah Crawford guest star.
Directed by David McWhirter
Written by Adam Belanoff
Created by James Duff
Hot on the heels of its fourth season renewal, Major Crimes wasted no time proving it’s the hottest show of summer, with last night’s action-packed episode scoring a new season high, with 5.5 million viewers, a 4% increase over the previous season high set by last weeks episode. In the 18-49 demographic, 0.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the Major Crimes team partner with guest stars Jon Tenney, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Laurie Holden, Bill Brochtrup and the “SOB” unit take on a serial killer in the action-packed episode, which many consider to be a backdoor pilot to a potential new spin-off series.
Meanwhile, last weeks episode continued to dominate in time-delayed ratings, coming in with 7 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings (the highest Live + 3 delivery so far this season) and winning as the most watched scripted basic cable program of the week for the first time this season, taking over the position from fellow TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.
Congrats to the cast and crew for the well-deserved ratings success. BOOM.