MCTV Presents: What Would Sharon Raydor Do? Podcast with Mary McDonnell – #13 – Special Guest Olivia Jane Mell



Welcome to Episode 13 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, with special guest Olivia Jane Mell and host Mina Sharpe of MajorCrimesTV.net

INSIDE THIS EPISODE:
Wedding time! We discuss the long-awaited wedding of Sharon and Andy, and Olivia talks about her guest role as the wedding singer, and her experiences working on the show. Mary discusses the recent developments with Sharon Raydor and her health, faith, and what lies ahead as the season progresses.

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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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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.

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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: James Duff Talks Major Crimes Explosive Season Finale, 200 Episodes and More

By M. Sharpe




MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)As Major Crimes prepared to film the two-part finale to season 5, there was some question whether what they were filming would be a season or series finale. Several versions of the script were prepped by the writers, and just days before filming on the “Shockwave” arc began, TNT renewed the show for season six, and tonight the season finale of Major Crimes airs at 9pm/8c.

In part one of our interview with series creator and writer of tonight’s episode, James Duff, he discusses in what ways the late renewal affected tonight’s season finale, and how it feels to be celebrating a combined 200 episodes in the world and characters of The Closer and Major Crimes. Stay turned for part two of our interview tonight, after the episode airs.

MajorCrimesTV: Last week’s episode was a real nail biter, and going into tonight, I have a lot of questions about what’s going to happen. And in terms of bad guys, it seems like Christian Ortiz rates right up there with some of the biggest foes the team has ever faced, right up there with Phillip Stroh and the Chris Wood character from the Poster Boy arc a few years ago. Was that an intentional choice to just put everything into this character and story?

James Duff: Most of our finales on Major Crimes center around a really bad guy you get to know. And Chris Wood is a fantastic example of someone we employed in that capacity. And by the way, look what happened to his career afterwards! He exploded. He’s such a fantastic actor. And the same thing is going to happen with this guy. He’s in “The Fate of the Furious”, coming out this weekend. So, we just got him at the right time. He was awesome and fantastic in this role. Continue reading

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