Same show, different closer ‘Major Crimes’ picks up where Kyra left off

There’s a new closer in town. She’s diligent, brusque and tough — maybe too tough.

After Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson’s last case is filed next month, she’ll be succeeded by the cold, meddling thorn in her side, Capt. Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell, on “Major Crimes,” the “Closer” spinoff that premieres on TNT Aug. 13.


Series creator James Duff knows “Closer” fans are split on Raydor’s likability. He hopes viewers will be patient.

“The first year of ‘The Closer’ a lot of people just hated Brenda. My own attorney called after the third episode and said, ‘I just don’t know if I like her,’’’ he says. “Then he called the next week and goes, ‘She’s growing on me a little bit.’ That’s what happened — people grew to like her.”

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