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 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!
The books cost $25 plus $5 shipping within the United States. Visit The Sunshine Kids Foundation website now to order your very own copy today!
International purchasing options are available- email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
In addition, there are just a few Limited Edition Cookbooks that have been hand-signed by the entire cast of Major Crimes, including Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Kearran Giovanni, Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan, Graham Patrick Martin, Jonathan Del Arco, Robert Gosett and more. The signed editions cost $250, and are available only by calling The Sunshine Kids directly at (800) 594-5756.
Visit The Sunshine Kids Foundation website now to order your very own copy today!
After roles on the stage, film, and TV, Major Crimes’ G.W. Bailey is taking on another leading role, this time as “King” of the Bacchus XLIV Parade at Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
One of the premier parade’s of Mardi Gras, the Carnival Krewe’s long- standing relationship and charity work with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans makes Bailey a natural choice to lead this year, as in addition to his work as an actor, he is Executive Director of The Sunshine Kids, a non-profit for young cancer patients. According to press releases, several Sunshine Kids will be traveling to New Orleans to ride on the float along with Bailey.
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According to the event website, Denison and Bailey are “joining forces with the Naples Police Department for a family filled afternoon of Texas Tony’s Barbeque, fingerprinting and DNA testing, real crime scene vehicles, photo opportunities and so much more to benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation and the Garden of Hope and Courage.”
In addition, raffle tickets will be sold at the event for a trip for two to Los Angeles and a visit to the set of “Major Crimes” to watch the live filming of an episode and have lunch with G.W. Bailey and the cast.
Can’t make it to the event, but want a chance to win the set visit? Have no fear- you can purchase your raffle tickets online, and you do not need to be present to win!
Tickets for the event are $20 ($25 at the door), and children 12 and under are free. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each. More information and ticket sales can be found at the Event Website.
In a great new interview with GiveMeMyRemote.com, G.W. Bailey talks about his involvement with the children’s cancer charity “The Sunshine Kids” and discusses Major Crimes and the chances of a second season.
As for Bailey’s day job, he said he was pleased by the reaction he’s been getting to MAJOR CRIMES.
“Great feedback,” he said. “I’m not even on set now, so I don’t have to talk positive. When they pay me, I have to talk nice, but I’m not being paid so I can say what I want. I just came back from a trip…and the reaction is tremendous. I think, obviously, that can be proven or shown by the ratings. The ratings not only started strong as anticipated because we were immediately after THE CLOSER on the same night, but then they stayed strong and they increased. Everybody expected a good, strong falloff from the cushion-y debut when you’re right behind the number one show on cable. And it turned out to be the number one finale in the history of cable. And lo and behold it turned out to be the number one launch and just grew from there.”
Read the whole interview here.