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, Mina Sharpe.

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.

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

By M. Sharpe


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

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 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


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