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!
With a career spanning more than four decades and some very memorable projects, G.W. Bailey’s filmography reads like a who’s who of notable films and television series, including such smash hits as MASH and Police Academy. These days, Bailey is busier and in higher demand than ever. Alongside playing Lt. Louie Provenza for ten seasons and counting on The Closer and now Major Crimes, much of Bailey’s free time is taken up by another passion; his role as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a charity that supports children being treated for cancer, and their families.
We caught up with G.W. Bailey at the Turner Network Upfront Presentations in New York City this past May, and talked to him about what’s ahead for Lieutenant Provenza, his work with the Sunshine Kids Foundation, and why, despite TNT’s move towards focusing on the younger demographic with their ‘BOOM’ campaign, he’s pretty sure Major Crimes is here to stay.
MajorCrimesTV: This season marks the 10th season playing Lt. Provenza for you. How has the experience changed? Do you bring something new going into the season like this? Is it new and fresh because the ideas have changed so much lately?
G.W. Bailey: “Well it’s interesting. Today, we were in the green room waiting for this to start and Stephen Kane [writer on The Closer and the first season of Major Crimes] who is the writer/producer for The Last Ship walked in. I was sitting at a table among all these people and I was working on a crossword puzzle, which I’ve done every morning on Major Crimes and The Closer, for years while they’re rehearsing. I sit at Provenza’s desk and work on my crossword puzzle. And he walked over and he said, ‘Boy, some things don’t change no matter where you are.’
So, in terms of habits, they don’t change. In terms of characters, they have to develop, they just have to; just like in life, events affect you. Now, they don’t affect your core particularly, but they can affect your behavior and how you handle life and how you handle things. Provenza is certainly still Provenza; he’s still not going to run, he’s still not going to break a big sweat, he’s still Provenza. But he has adapted and he has changed.“
Several months ago we told you about the Major Crimes Cookbook, a labor of love from the cast and crew of Major Crimes. The book features favorite recipes of the cast and crew, as well as fabulous cover artwork by none other than Major Crimes costume designer Greg LaVoi! All proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit G.W. Bailey’s The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.
Due to overwhelming demand, the first printing of these cookbooks sold out before ever being offered to the public, but we are thrilled to announce that the second printing is now in stock, and ready for purchase!
Visit The Sunshine Kids Foundation website now to order your very own copy today!
The holiday season just got a little brighter for Major Crimes fans! We are thrilled to announce that a very special “Major Crimes Cookbook” is being published by the Major Crimes team just in time for the holidays. The book features favorite recipes of the cast and crew, as well as fabulous cover artwork by none other than Major Crimes costume designer Greg LaVoi! All proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit G.W. Bailey’s The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.
Updated 1/6/13- The Major Crimes Cookbook is now available! Place your order now from The Sunshine Kids Foundation! (Please note- only domestic orders are available to be processed at this time- an international option is coming soon!)