MCTV Presents: What Would Sharon Raydor Do? Podcast with Mary McDonnell – #12


Welcome to Episode 12 of the “‘What Would Sharon Raydor Do?’ podcast, the podcast devoted to getting an in-depth view at Major Crimes Commander Sharon Raydor by the woman who knows her best, Mary McDonnell.

Recorded with Mary McDonnell. Guest host this week Mina Sharpe, editor of MajorCrimesTV.net.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE:
Mary comments on the recent announcement that the upcoming season (season 6) will be Major Crimes last. Mary and Mina discuss some of Sharon’s experiences on last season, and what is ahead for Season 6.

FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS: Ask your questions by tweeting with the hashtag #WWSRD, Commenting under each podcast on Facebook, or on MajorCrimesTV.net.

This podcast is sponsored in part by MajorCrimesTV.net

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Major Crimes Cancelled; TNT’s Top-Rated Series to End with Upcoming Sixth Season

By M. Sharpe




blue cast promoAfter six seasons, TNT has announced it has cancelled its number one drama series, Major Crimes. The announcement came this afternoon, while filming began on what will now be the series finale episode of the show.

A spin-off of the TNT series The Closer, Major Crimes debuted on August 13, 2012, as the most-watched scripted cable series premiere of that year. Led by two-time Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, the series went on to clinch the top spot as TNT’s highest rated series for the past three seasons, has ranked in the Top Five most-watched scripted cable series of the year for each of its past five seasons, and last year ranked as the 2nd most watched cable series, behind only AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The series from Creator/Executive Producer James Duff brought the familiar characters of the LAPD’s elite Major Crimes Division into all-new situations as they adjusted to being led by Captain Sharon Raydor (McDonnell), while still trying to close the department’s highest-profile cases. Bringing dedicated fans of her previous roles (most notably the critically acclaimed and award winning Battlestar Galactica) with her, McDonnell added welcome depth that placed Major Crimes well past standard police procedural territory. The series also starred G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Kearran Giovanni, Graham Patrick Martin, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene with a strong recurring cast including Kathe Mazur, Jon Tenney, Robert Gossett, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty and more.

Despite strong ratings and a devoted following, Major Crimes had been on borrowed time at the network since new TNT network head Kevin Reilly took over in November of 2014. A holdover and product of previous chief Michael Wright’s focus on more light-hearted procedurals, Reilly made no secret of the fact that he wanted to rebrand the network away from its core viewer base, and into darker, edgier programming to attract younger viewers. Despite this focus, Reilly’s new slate has had a hard time finding its footing, with Major Crimes outperforming all three of his current new series (Animal Kingdom, Claws and Good Behavior) by more than 70% in total viewers. A fourth series, the high-budget, high-concept, much-hyped Will, was cancelled during its freshman run, after bringing in only 380,000 viewers to its first season, compared to the 3.2 million from season five of Major Crimes. 

While Major Crimes made great pains to adjust to new marching orders, adapting both its tone and structure to fit the new Reilly regime, ultimately those changes, and its ability to retain a vast majority of its audience despite multiple scheduling shakeups and extremely poor promotion on the part of the network, were not enough to ensure a seventh season pickup.

Major Crimes thirteen episode final season premieres on October 31, 2017, as the series endures one last schedule change to Tuesday nights. The final season also marks the long-awaited wedding between now-Commander Raydor, and original The Closer cast member Andy Flynn (Tony Denison), as well as the series landmark 100th episode, airing December 19, 2017.

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Video: Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick Reunite at ATX Festival “Complex, Not Complicated” Panel


atx complexOn June 9, 2017, Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick reunited for the very first time at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas. As part of the panel for “Complex, Not Complicated: A Look a Woman’s Character” they joined other influential women in entertainment to discuss the issues and challenges that women experience both in front of and behind the camera, and what is being done to combat them, one character and story at a time.

Panel Description: Now more than ever, television is home to a range of increasingly complex female characters: ones that are bold, funny, fierce, sensitive, loyal, fragile, complicated, and kick ass (sometimes all in the same moment). Prepare to be awestruck as these powerhouse creatives and actors discuss the legacy of female characters before them, the necessity of women’s stories at this particular moment in pop culture, and why there’s no one way to write a “strong” woman.

Panelists: Mara Brock Akil, Kyra Sedgwick, Mary McDonnell, Liz Tigelaar, Taylor Dearden, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez (CNN)

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Season 7: June 7-10, 2018

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Mary McDonnell Attends Comicpalooza Houston, May 12-14, 2017

This weekend, come meet Mary McDonnell at Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas! Mary will be appearing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, meeting fans and talking about Major Crimes, Battlestar Galactica, and much more!

As a special treat on Sunday, Mary and her daughter, Singer/Songwriter Olivia Jane will be appearing together for the first time at a convention for a special Mother’s Day panel! And you never know what other surprises might be in store, so don’t miss it!

Check out Mary’s appearance schedule below, and head to www.comicpalooza.com for more information. We hope to see you there!mary cp schedule2

MCTV Presents: What Would Sharon Raydor Do? Podcast with Mary McDonnell – #11 – Season Finale Edition



Welcome to Episode 11 of the “‘What Would Sharon Raydor Do?’ podcast, the podcast devoted to getting an in-depth view at Major Crimes Captain Sharon Raydor by the woman who knows her best, Mary McDonnell.

Recorded with Mary McDonnell. Guest hosted this week by the editor of MajorCrimesTV.net, Mina Sharpe.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE
In this episode Mary and Mina discuss the season 5 finale of Major Crimes, Mary (and Sharon’s) take on the events of the finale, and some insight into the season as a whole, and what’s ahead for season 6.

FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS: Ask your questions by tweeting with the hashtag #WWSRD! Commenting under each podcast on Facebook, or on MajorCrimesTV.net.

This podcast is sponsored in part by MajorCrimesTV.net

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Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next season!

Ratings: Major Crimes Hits New Winter High, Rises 20% in Season Finale

By M. Sharpe



521- flynn raydor lrMajor Crimes finished its 5th season with a bang, both on screen, and in the ratings.

Wednesday’s explosive season finale brought in a total of 2.9 million viewers, a new winter season high since moving to Wednesdays, and a 20% increase over the previous season high. The episode also hit a season high in key demographics, bringing in 0.3 million viewers 18-49, and won the night as the most-watched scripted cable show of the night.

Last week’s penultimate episode of the season also took in its own first, winning the week as the week as the most-watched scripted cable show for the first time this winter season.

In time-delayed ratings, episode 319 finished its run with 4.66 million viewers in Live + 7 day, almost fully doubling from its Live + SD delivery, and rising over 5% from the prior episode. Greater gains were seen in key demographics, where the episode rose 100% to 0.6 million viewers 18-49.

Episode 319 also came in as the second-most watched cable series of the week, coming in only behind The Walking Dead.

Major Crimes returns for Season 6 this fall on TNT.

 

MCTV Exclusive: SPOILERS – James Duff Talks Major Crimes Season Finale (Explosions! Promotions!) and More

By M. Sharpe



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CAUTION – the below includes spoilers for Wednesday’s season finale of Major Crimes. Do not read if you have not yet seen the episode and don’t want to be spoiled!

In Part Two of our exclusive interview with James Duff, we discussed some of the most shocking (blowing up the squad room!) and long-awaited (Commander Raydor has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?) moments of the season finale, and what’s ahead for the team when it returns next fall for Season 6.

MajorCrimesTV: So, first of all, wow! That was a very nerve-wracking finale, and then right at the end, it packed a big emotional punch!

James Duff: I agree. And also, I want to point out how well-directed it was all the way through. Patrick Duffy did a great job of last week’s episode and Michael Robin did a fantastic job of the finale, and it all worked very well. Very happy about it.

MCTV: You mentioned earlier that there two drafts of this finale – one if it was the season finale, one if it was the series finale. Certainly I didn’t want it to be a series finale, but had it been, I feel like this was satisfying and beautiful, and would have been one we could have lived with as the end.  But had this been the series finale, what can you tell us about what might have been different?

JD: There would have been many changes. There was an important reprise, a very important reprise, and there was a heightening of what could happen in the future. Also, the explosion (at the LAPD) happened much later in the story than it would have, had it been a series finale.

MCTV: I saw that explosion and thought, wow, I don’t know if they would have blown it up if they knew they were going to have to put it all back together again for the next season!   Continue reading