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

521 – “Shockwave, Pt 2″

“Shockwave, Pt 2” – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

After discovering the identity of the bomber her division has been searching for, Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes squad struggle to determine his next target as Major Crimes heads for an explosive season finale.

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

Ratings: Major Crimes Wins Night as Most-Watched Cable Show; Triples in L+ 3 Viewing

By M. Sharpe




MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)

As Major Crimes swings into its season finale next week, the ratings for this winter season continue to grown sharply in time-delayed viewing.

Episode 318 finished its run in Live + 7 day by almost doubling its viewers, rising 90% from Live + Same Day to 4.5 million total viewers.

In the key demographics, the episode saw even more Major gains, fully tripling its viewership to 0.6 million viewers 18-49, and tying for the top spot as the largest percentage gain of the week in key demos.

Preliminary numbers for last week’s episode show that it rose in Live + Same Day over the prior week, and finished as the third most-watched scripted cable show of the week, behind The Walking Dead and it’s lead-out, Into the Badlands.

Last night’s explosive beginning to the season finale rose slightly over the prior week, bringing in 2.4 million total viewers, and 0.3 million 18-49, and won the night as the most-watched scripted cable program of the night.

 


The season finale of Major Crimes airs next Wednesday at 9pm/8c on TNT

 

520 – Shockwave, Pt 1

“Shockwave, Pt 1” – Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A murder investigation turns explosive while Captain Raydor duels with Chief Davis for control of her case as she and her squad try to determine if they are dealing with a terrorist. Meanwhile, Rusty gets some alarming news from Gus.

MCTV Presents: What Would Sharon Raydor Do? Podcast with Mary McDonnell – #10

 



Welcome to Episode 10 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 do some season 5 catch up and discuss the engagement and Sharon’s thoughts on recent developments in both her life and with the squad. Mary remembers Battlestar Galactica co-star Richard Hatch, and makes a special announcement about an upcoming event.

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519 – Intersection

“Intersection” – Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

As the war between bikes and cars escalates in the streets of L.A., Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard deploys Major Crimes to solve a tragic hit-and-run. Lt. Provenza, frustrated by the never-ending contest to succeed Russell Taylor, contemplates retirement.

Directed by Rick Wallace
Written by Damani Johnson
Created by James Duff