Jon Tenney

One of the fringe benefits of Jon Tenney being loyal to The Closer and its spin-off Major Crimes for so many years? The shows have helped launch the actor's career behind the camera. 

Tenney sat in the director's chair once more for Monday's episode (9/8c, TNT), which finds the squad investigating the murder of a baseball scout that turns into a complicated kidnapping case — and TVGuide.com has your exclusive first look at Tenney in action.

Read Major Crimes creator James Duff's blogs about the show

"I don't kid myself: I initially got the shot because I've been working for many, many years with these people and they were being very supportive," Tenney says in the behind-the-scenes video below. "I felt really good when they let me do it again because it was like, 'OK, I didn't completely screw it up.'"

But Tenney, who most recently starred on TNT's King & Maxwell and will soon guest-star on Scandal, isn't giving up acting. "I really feel like when I'm directing, I'm firing on all cylinders," he says. "I love to do both, but there is something about using every part of my brain when I'm directing that's exciting."

How do Mary McDonnell and the other actors feel about being directed by an "actor's director" Click play on the video below to find out.

Major Crimes airs Mondays at 9/8c on TNT.