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.
Jonathan Del Arco’s Dr. Morales has had a great year this season on Major Crimes, exploring exploring the world outside of the morgue, and even (finally!) getting a first name! We caught up with Jonathan on set during the filming of the upcoming winter arc of Major Crimes, to ask a few questions about this season, and his continued political and charitable passions.
MajorCrimesTV: You’re just finishing up filming the last episodes of this season. How has this year been, and what can you tell us about the upcoming winter episode arc?
Jonathan Del Arco: I can tell you that it’s been great! We’ve had both a really fun run and a really long run in terms of our filming because we got extended for these upcoming five episodes for a total of 23 episodes, our biggest season ever. These last five have been especially fun for us to film because the entire events of the one contained case, which are explored throughout the five episodes, are worked out in only a matter of days. So [the fans] get to see a lot more of what really goes on when we’re solving a crime, especially a complex one, over a five-parter.
MCTV: We’ve seen Dr. Morales out of the lab more than ever in this past season. Any favorite moments from this year?
JDA: What has been the most fun for me this season has been that I’ve gotten to spend a lot more time with the rest of the cast, especially those who I don’t often have scenes with like Graham [Patrick Martin], who I rarely have any scenes with. I’d actually love to have more scenes with Graham. Maybe the older Rusty gets, the more gay bars he and Morales can start going to!
What I remember most from this season is the Thanksgiving episode that we did. I remember that it was a really hot day and that we were all dying in our Thanksgiving sweaters – which is just a part of the bizarre thing about being an actor in LA when you’re filming off-season! I remember it being so hot while we were filming in a hospital, and after each take we were all still laughing and doing stupid things – so it was fun! It was just so much fun, especially since I don’t really get to be a part of the group that often because I’m usually isolated in my little lab.
MCTV: Now that you are a couple seasons into Major Crimes, do you have a sense as to how you would like to see the character grow, or other opportunities you’d like to have with the character?
JDA: Well, it’s tricky because I think Dr. Morales serves a very specific purpose for the development of the story, which is the progression of the solving of the crime. So you rarely get to see a glimpse, if at all, of his personal life. I mean, I’m sure every actor you ask that question to would likely tell you that they want to see more of their personal life explored on camera. But this is a procedural show, right? So we, the characters that is, are all at work, which means that there are not a ton of opportunities to explore our personal lives. A lot of things have been brought up so far over the seasons of The Closer The Closer and of course on Major Crimes about who Morales’ boyfriend might be, for example, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
It would certainly be fun to explore a scenario where he gets stuck in the middle of a crime scene. Maybe he finds himself with a conflict of interest? I always wonder about that kind of a scenario, what happens if a coroner finds a body while out for his morning jog? What happens if his neighbor is killed? Those are all interesting scenarios.
MCTV: The last time we spoke to you, you talked a lot about your work with GLSEN and since then we know that you have also done some work on the Hillary Clinton campaign. Can tell us about what you’ve been doing recently with them?
JDA: Well, I am involved in the campaign, I’m not working for GLSEN anymore, though I still think it’s a great organization. I’m currently putting my attention more towards an organization called the Human Rights Campaign. They’ve championed marriage equality and now they’re looking at bigger issues that are happening to LGBTQ people as a result of having won the right to marriage equality. One of the issues since that recent win is that there has been an uptick in crime against particularly transgendered people, and there’s an uptick of violence world-wide against LGBTQ people in general, so I’m putting whatever time I have, or attention towards that. And, of course, I’m putting my time and attention towards getting the first woman president elected…and I don’t mean Carly Forina.
It’s certainly been fun to go back to that world because I thoroughly enjoy politics. I love going on the campaign trail and meeting the voters, and, hopefully, changing a few minds. There’s plenty of people out there who just need information; I feel like when you have a candidate that’s very well-known there’s a lot of misinformation about who they are. I had the pleasure of actually meeting [Hillary Clinton] her and shaking her hand, and talking to her for a little while and she was a really lovely lady, and that’s not something you hear all the time, so I’m really excited about her candidacy.
MCTV: You also recently did a Represent T-Shirt campaign featuring Dr. Morales to help Operation Pits Healing Heroes. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
There was a company who does that with a lot of people and they were very helpful in helping me learn how to use Facebook – I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but I’ve developed a strange addiction to something called “Facebook Live” and it’s become a bit of a problem!
But I digress! I picked the charity, which was a Pit Bull rescue charity that works with military vets and brings them together, so the proceeds will go to that. I wanted a Pit Bull/war hero combination. I was really looking hard online to find dogs that have fought in combat and what happens to them, but the time was running out, and I had just the holiday of Thanksgiving to look up the websites and this particular organization, Operation Pits Healing Heroes had a really great photograph of a soldier crying and a dog that looked like my dog looking at him like “why are you crying?” So they had me at “hello”, and it was really great to do the T-shirt campaign and be able to support them in their work.
Major Crimes returns Monday, February 15th at 9pm/8c on TNT
Season 4 of Major Crimes hasn’t even finished airing yet, but today Warner Bros has announced that Major Crimes: The Complete Fourth Season will be released May 24, 2015. Featuring all 23 episodes of the fourth season, plus DVD extras including deleted scenes and the ever-popular gag reel, this is a must-have for fans of the show! See the press release below for more information
MAJOR CRIMES: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
TNT’S HIT CRIME DRAMA
IS SET FOR RELEASE ON DVD May 24, 2016
FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Five-Disc DVD Set Will Include All 23 Season Four Episodes
Plus All-New Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material
Five-Disc DVD Set Will Include All 23 Season Four Episodes
Plus All-New Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material
BURBANK, CA (February 3, 2016) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings season four of TNT’s powerful police procedural Major Crimes to DVD May 24, 2016. Titled Major Crimes: The Complete Fourth Season, this release features all 23 episodes of the series’ fourth season, plus never-before-seen extras including deleted scenes and a gag reel. The show that began as the highly anticipated continuation of the critically acclaimed, award-winning series The Closer, has now become one of TNT’s most-watched programs and one of cable TV’s top programs. During season four, Major Crimes ranked as TNT’s #2 show and as the #5 scripted drama on basic cable television.* Currently, the full fourth season of Major Crimes is not available to stream via any SVOD service. The five-disc DVD set will retail for $44.98 SRP.
The fourth electrifying season of Major Crimes finds the elite team of investigators facing some of their most challenging criminal cases yet. The division is led by department head Captain Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves, Battlestar Galactica). The unit is comprised of Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey, The Closer, M*A*S*H, Police Academy), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison, The Closer,Crime Story), Lieutenant Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan, The Closer,Arrested Development), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz, The Closer,Training Day), Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni, One Life to Live), tech expert and reserve police officer Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene, The Closer,The D.A.), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco, The Closer, Nip/Tuck) and Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett, The Closer, Arlington Road). Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (recurring guest star Jon Tenney, The Closer, King & Maxwell) also lends a hand as head of the Special Operations Bureau.
During the fourth gripping season of Major Crimes, our favorite squad of detectives is put in charge of solving a series of intriguing new cases. The unit investigates a double homicide that’s related to an ongoing string of home invasions in the Hollywood Hills; a dead body that comes out of the trunk of a crashed car at the end of a police chase; the murder of a super model; a YouTube video of a bloody, partially naked man walking down a street which goes viral; the deaths of four wealthy people who are killed during a high-stakes poker game; a murder that happens during the taping of a reality competition show; the death of a young man who was pushed off the top of a parking structure and several other fascinating cases. As season four unfolds, Captain Sharon Raydor’s adopted son, Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin, The Closer, Two and a Half Men), finds a passion that drives him, investigative journalism, as he works to uncover the identity of a murdered runaway. It’s an exciting season filled with captivating cases and engaging stories about the lives of the officers and prosecutors whose job is to deal with LA’s most high profile and sensitive crimes.
“With its thought-provoking storylines and stellar cast, Major Crimes keeps viewers coming back for more. Each new season is more outstanding than the last,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “We’re excited to offer consumers another season of this remarkable series.”
WINTER PREMIERE: “Hindsight – Part 1″ – Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
A young woman and her 3-year-old son are shot to death while driving through gang territory in the wrong colored car, and the gun used in the murder is quickly connected to the most troubling series of unsolved homicides in LAPD history. As Captain Sharon Raydor and the rest of her division attempt to solve the mystery, Amy Sykes begins an uneasy alliance with a disgraced former LAPD detective with a novel theory and a corrupt past. Part 1 of five.
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Written by James Duff & Mike Berchem
Created by James Duff
MajorCrimesTV.net has learned that a new ally will be joining the Major Crimes team for the upcoming winter episodes arc, beginning February 15th.
Cheryl White will portray ballistics expert “Firearms” Francine, who works within the LAPD’s Scientific Investigation Division. Francine’s fascination with examining bullet casing makes her an invaluable part of the Major Crimes team’s attempt to solve a grisly series of homicides. However, as the case progresses, her fierce determination to recover the murder weapon that links all three unsolved homicides leads to dangerous partnerships for both her and the rest of the Major Crimes division.
White has previously been seen on TV in Resurrection, Grey’s Anatomy and in the film Crazylove, as well as a guest-starring role in Major Crimes predecessor The Closer in its third season.
Major Crimes returns for the final five episodes of season 4 on February 15th, 2016 at 9pm/8c on TNT.
Major Crimes returns for its winter season in one month, but for those of you who can’t wait, here is a sneak peek of the riveting new episodes!
Major Crimes finished 2015 on a high note, with 3.70 million viewers tuning in for last night’s heart-stopping fall finale. That turn out bests the previous ratings high set several weeks ago for this current batch of episodes, and is a whopping 23% increase in viewers over last weeks episode. It easily won the night as the most watched scripted cable series for the 7th consecutive week.
The episode saw even greater gains in the key demographics, rising 25% over last weeks episode to 0.5 million viewers 18-49.
Despite stiff competition from sports, the primary debates and holiday specials, last week’s episode of Major Crimes continued to outperform all other scripted programming, coming in as the Most Watched Scripted Cable Series of the Week for the third consecutive week. Additionally, Major Crimes was the only scripted series to earn a spot on the list of the Top 25 most watched shows on all of cable for last week.
As we previously reported, last week TNT officially renewed Major Crimes for an initial 13 episodes for Season 5. In their press release, TNT noted that in its current season, Major Crimes is reaching an average of 10 million viewers per episode across all platforms, almost double the total viewership of The Librarians and Murder in the First, whose renewals were also announced. TNT also announced last week that the underperforming Legends and Agent X have both been cancelled.
Major Crimes will return with the last five episodes of Season Four on February 15th, 2016.
MajorCrimesTV.net wishes the cast and crew of Major Crimes, and all the fans a very Happy Holidays.
“Penalty Phase” – Monday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
Sharon and the team track an unhinged killer making his own film, with his victims as the stars as a new romance takes wing.
Written By Adam Belanoff
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Major Crimes continued its strong winter showing last night, coming in as the Most Watched Scripted Cable Show of the night for the 6th week in a row. The intense penultimate episode of this winter run brought in 3.0 million viewers, down slightly from last weeks episode. Despite this drop, Major Crimes is still easily holding onto the top spot as TNT’s most watched show this winter, with almost 800,000 more total viewers than runner up The Librarians. In key demographics the episode was steady with last week, bringing in 0.4 million viewers 18-49.
Last week’s episode continued to perform well in time delayed ratings, coming in as the Most Watched Scripted Cable Series of the Week for the second straight week. Major Crimes was also the only scripted series to make the list of the Top 25 most-watched shows on all of cable for last week, which was otherwise dominated by sports and reality TV.
Meanwhile, episode 415 has continued to score big in time delayed ratings, with 5.44 million total viewers tuning in in Live + 3 day viewing, a massive 48% rise over the Live + Same Day. Even bigger gains were seen in the key demographics, where the episode rose 68% to 0.84 million viewers 18-49.
The winter finale of Major Crimes will air next week, and will return after the holidays for the final five episodes of the season beginning on February 15th, 2016.