Major Crimes Gets Season 4 Episode Order Increase

By M. Sharpe

mc black castWith the season four premiere of Major Crimes only hours away, has learned that TNT has increased the episode order by three, bringing the total amount of episodes planned for the upcoming season to 18. Series creator/executive producer James Duff confirmed that the extra three episodes will be added onto the winter portion of the season, with the first 10 episodes scheduled to air this summer.

The episode increase is not without precedent; TNT previously ordered 15 episodes of both the second and third seasons, before increasing the order to 19 total episodes for each of those seasons as well.

Along with the news last month that parent studio Warner Bros has already sold the rights to air the upcoming season in the United Kingdom to the Universal Channel, this episode increase is another good sign for the continuing longevity of the series, which currently ranks as TNT’s second highest rated series, and the 3rd most watched scripted series across all basic cable networks.


Major Crimes Season Three DVD Set Gets Spring Release Date

MC DVD S3Great news, Major Crimes fans! Warner Bros has announced that Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season will be released May 26, 2015. Featuring all 19 season three episodes, deleted scenes, and the always-popular gag reel, this is a must-have for all fans!

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DVD Release Includes All 19 Season Three Episodes

Plus Never-Before-Seen Unaired Scenes and Gag Reel

BURBANK, CA (February 25, 2015) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings the third season of one of cable television’s most powerful police dramas to DVD, with the release of Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season.  Available in stores May 26, 2015, this release features all 19 of the series’ season three episodes plus never-before-seen unaired scenes and gag reel. The show, which spun off the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Closer, has quickly established itself as one of basic cable’s top programs. During season three, Major Crimes ranked as TNT’s #2 show and as the # 3 scripted drama on basic cable television *.   The release of Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season is timed to the show’s fourth season premiere on TNT. The four-disc DVD set will retail for $59.98 SRP. Order due date has been set for April 21, 2015.

The third gripping season of Major Crimes finds our favorite squad of detectives hard at work, as they continue to solve the division’s highest profile cases. The elite team is under the leadership of 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 Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene, The Closer, The D.A.), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco, The Closer, Nip/Tuck), Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett, The Closer, Arlington Road) and Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (recurring guest star Jon Tenney, The Closer, King & Maxwell).

Season three finds the unit involved in a series of startling and complex cases. The detectives investigate the death of a canine that inherited his deceased millionaire master’s fortune; a young runaway who is found murdered in a trash can; a woman who confesses to killing her rapist; a series of young girls who disappear from a nightclub; a father and two young kids who go missing and several other captivating mysteries. The third season also brings the return of homeless teen and material witness Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin, The Closer, Two and a Half Men), who is taken in — and adopted — by Captain Raydor. It’s a thrilling season filled with intriguing cases and compelling stories about the lives of the officers and prosecutors who work together to rid the streets of Los Angeles of some its worst criminals.

 Major Crimes has quickly developed a devoted fan base. Fans of The Closer now have a spinoff that stands completely on its own. We’re delighted to release another exciting season of this exceptional series on DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing.  She added, “Major Crimes keeps getting better and better with each season. Mary McDonnell in the lead is superb and the rest of the supporting cast is outstanding.”

NPR praised Major Crimes as “…good, solid television,” and Yahoo TV says, “[The] fact that Major Crimes can veer from the grim…to the gleeful…is due in great part to the diversity of the cast.”

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.  The Closer’s James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace and Adam Belanoff serve as executive producers.

*Source: Nielsen Galaxy Explorer L+7 US AA%; excluding repeats, specials & <5 TCs; Season to Date = 05/26/14-10/26/14


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Major Crimes Winter Premiere Press Round-Up

As the winter premiere is set to debut, we’re gathering all the press in this post, so keep checking back for the latest news on Major Crimes!

Mary McDonnell returns for a new batch of episodes of ‘Major Crimes’


‘Major Crimes’: Sharon and Andy will discover feelings for each other when Season 3 continues


Major Crimes Boss Talks of TNT’s Faith, ‘Slithery’ Stroh’s Return, Spin-Off Fate


Tony Denison Gears Up for the Major Crimes Return

VIDEO: Sunshine Kids Become Officers for a Day with LAPD and Major Crimes Cast

Also, check out Tony Denison’s recent visit to the Hallmark Home and Family Show, where he talked Major Crimes, “Shandy” and made his famous Italian French Toast from the Major Crimes Cookbook! Check out the video here!

Ratings: Major Crimes Wins Night in Penultimate Outing, Retains Title for Most Watched Show of Week

309- flynn provenza raydor tao lrMajor 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!

Ratings: BOOM! Major Crimes Hits Another New High; Wins Week as Most Watched Scripted Program

By Mina Sharpe

307- buzz provenza raydor lrHot 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.





Universal Channel Acquires Major Crimes Season 3 for UK Airing

By M. Sharpe

302 cast hqThe good news keeps on coming today!

Hot on the heels of its Season 4 renewal announcement this morning, TVWise is reporting that Major Crimes season 3 is finally on its way to UK fans.

Universal Channel, which had previously held the rights to the first two seasons, has now acquired season three, scheduled to begin airing this fall in the UK.

In its first season, Major Crimes debuted on the Universal Channel as their highest rated series premiere, and currently ranks as one of their highest rated series on the network.

Great news across two continents in one day? BOOM.

BOOM – Major Crimes Renewed for Season 4!

By Mina Sharpe

s3 cast2Major Crimes has been renewed for Season 4!

TNT announced the renewal this morning, with an initial 15 episodes ordered for season 4.

In a press release, TNT president and head of programming Michael Wright said, “Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television.”

Season 3 of Major Crimes has been enjoying a strong summer season, with ratings increased over last years summers run, and outperformed Rizzoli & Isles this past Monday for the first time this summer, becoming the most watched scripted cable offering of the week.

Major Crimes season 4 will begin airing in Summer 2015.