TNT today announced that the second half of Season 5 of Major Crimes will premiere on February 22nd at 9pm/8c.
While the move back to the 9pm hour that the series previously held since its premiere in 2012 is a welcome one, the move to Wednesday marks the first departure from a Monday airing since the show’s predecessor, The Closer, premiered in 2005.
The second half of season five will focus on the power vacuum created at the LAPD when original cast member Robert Gossett (Chief Taylor) departed the series last fall. Emmy winner Camryn Manheim joins the series for the 8-episode winter run, as well as a host of new and familiar characters.
Major Crimes is TNT’s most-watched cable drama, and has ranked in the Top 10 of all cable programs for the past 4 years. This season Major Crimes brought in 93% more viewers than any new TNT series, including outperforming highly touted the series premiere of Good Behavior by more than 3 million viewers. This summer, the series ranked as one of the top 3 cable dramas of the week for it’s entire 13-week run, and brought in 131% more viewers than any other current or former TNT series in the 10pm time slot for the past 5 years.
There is currently no word from TNT on a season 6 of Major Crimes.
Read the full press release from TNT below:
Top 10 Cable Drama Returns Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Television’s favorite squad of detectives charge back to TNT this winter when Major Crimes returns to solve eight more mysteries on the way to its explosive fifth season finale. Major Crimes features a stellar ensemble cast including two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Michael Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert (and reserve officer) Buzz Watson, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales and Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck, Sharon Raydor’s adopted son. The winter premiere of Major Crimes is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT.
In addition to the main cast, Major Crimes features recurring appearances of Emmy winner Camryn Manheim as Deputy Chief Winnie Davis, Jon Tenney as Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Bureau Fritz Howard, Kathe Mazur as DDA Andrea Hobbs, Jeri Ryan as Linda Rothman, Ransford Doherty as Coroner’s Investigator Kendall, Rene Rosado as Gustavo Wallace, Leonard Roberts as Commander Leo Mason, Dawnn Lewis as Patrice Perry, Daniel DiTomasso as Det. Wes Nolan and Jason Gedrick as former detective Mark Hickman.
Major Crimes centers on a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. This winter, the squad moves inexorably to fill the vacant post of Assistant Chief that Fritz Howard has been occupying on a temporary basis. Along the way, Sanchez tries once again to become a father; Flynn and Sharon move closer toward the path to matrimony; Provenza considers retirement; Rusty interns for DDA Hobbs as he looks toward attending law school when he graduates from UCLA; Buzz attempts to help out the family of the man who murdered his father; Sykes confronts an old foe in Mark Hickman; Lt. Mike Tao is instrumental in solving a case dealing with plastic explosives; and Dr. Morales joins the squad for the entire investigation of a very personal mystery.
Since its chart-topping debut in 2012, Major Crimes has consistently ranked as one of TNT’s most-watched drama series. For the first half of its fifth season, the show reached an average of 10 million viewers per episode across TNT’s multiple platforms and finished the third quarter of 2016 ranking as one of cable’s Top 10 dramas with adults 18-49. Stemming from TNT’s hit original The Closer, many of the cast members have been playing their roles since 2005 and will hit their 200th episode together during the finale.
Created by James Duff, Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius serve as executive producers.