James Duff

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  • Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/03/1955, Virgo
  • Profession: Writer; producer; director
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Major Crimes Creator Previews "Chain Reaction"

Five years ago, when Mike Robin and I were still doing The Closer, I was contacted by the Emmy Academy asking if someone from their intern program could join the writer's room. I said yes, because we can always use an extra pair of hands, and I thought it might be useful for a student to observe (and maybe participate in) the active life of a television series. Very shortly after that positive response, I was inundated with potential candidates. Instead of culling through all their resumes and "on-camera introductions" myself, I handed off the bulging box of applicants to Carson Moore and Ralph Gifford — at that time, the youngest and newest writers on the show - and asked them to find me the top five likely candidates; in their submitted mix was a young woman named Kendall Sherwood.

From the day she first appeared...read more

Major Crimes Creator Previews "Party Foul"

It can be incredibly hard to find a place in this world where one feels happy, valued and safe. Worse, any search for refuge from the vicissitudes of everyday life requires some awareness that even the very best sanctuaries are only temporary. We're born into a perfect childhood, we marry the ideal mate, the best job with the greatest people: none of these states of grace can last forever. Our best hope, then, is to appreciate what we have while we have it, and work to keep what is good in our lives as long as it is possible or right. But change is the only constant in this world, and we forget that at our peril.

Perhaps nothing illustrates the danger in hoping temporary asylums will last (exactly the way they are, please, forever-and-a-day) so much as young love. A strong, romantic relationship between two teenagers can form a bond so passionate that attempts to break it end in tragedy. Romeo and Juliet speaks from the ages, reminding us that the adolescent heart — once given — can be biologically impossible to return...read more

Major Crimes Creator Previews "Down the Drain"

Major Crimes creator James Duff will be doing a Facebook chat from 9/8c to 10/9c Monday during the airing of the episode? Join in the conversation here.

Last summer, the stories on Major Crimes revolved around the theme of expectation. Our human ability to imagine the future — to project what lies around the next bend in the road — is both a great asset and a terrible flaw.  When we have properly predicted events, and reap the benefits of our planning and hard work, rejoicing follows. But when we arrive at the end of our labors without gaining what we anticipated, tragedy can ensue.

And that is where the third season of Major Crimes resumes this Monday, for when expectations fall short, most of us fall back on the primitive engine of hope. Even the very worst darkness cannot prevent our hands from reflexively reaching out for a light.  Whatever passions or dreams act as a lamp when your eyes cannot see on their own: that is hope.  Speaking for myself, when I slump, my family picks me up, providing the luminous love I need to carry on.

I believe in family like I believe in the sun...read more

Videos

The Closer: Interviewed
The Closer: Changes For The Reporter
BTS: Xtra Bromance
BTS: Xtra 10 Years and Counting

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The War at Home

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Trial by Fire
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Acting Out
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Party Foul
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Down the Drain

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Credits

Year Title Description
2012 Major Crimes TV Show Series, Creator
2012 Major Crimes TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2005 The Closer TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2005 The Closer TV Show Series, Creator
1996 The War At Home Movie, Producer

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Major Crimes Scoop: Meet Capt. Raydor's Son!

The Major Crimes family is about to get a little bigger.

Canadian actor Ryan Kennedy (Caprica, Hellcats) has been tapped to play Ricky Raydor, the son of Mary McDonnell's Capt. Sharon Raydor, on the TNT drama, TVGuide.com has learned. 

Ricky, who will first appear in this season's ninth episode "Sweet Revenge," is ... read more

Major Crimes Boss on Rusty's Big Confession: "It's About Him Being Honest"

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Monday's episode of TNT's Major Crimes. Read at your own risk.] 

As Major Crimes' Rusty Beck learned on Monday's episode, keeping secrets can actually just lead to more pain.

The episode, which was told mostly from Rusty's point of view during a therapy session with Dr. Joe (Bill Brochtrup), featured a murder that implicated a foreign diplomat whose daughter, Lina (Rima Rajan), was set to wed the victim in an arranged marriage. Although the diplomat used his immunity to escape questioning and potential punishment, the real killer turned out to be Lina's American boyfriend, whom she had kept hidden from her parents.

Major Crimes: Will Rusty put his secrets behind him?

Realizing how Lina's secret had destroyed multiple lives, Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) finally decided to get past his own fears and tell the members of the squad his truth... read more

Major Crimes: Will Rusty Put His Secrets Behind Him?

Secrets just can't seem to stay buried on Monday's episode of Major Crimes.

The episode (9/8c, TNT) finds the squad investigating a murder that implicates a foreign diplomat whose daughter Lina (Rima Rajan) was set to wed the victim in an arranged marriage. And as Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) watches Lina's struggle with the truth, he begins to once again wrestle with his own secrets. 

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"Rusty is one of those people who hates to deal with the personal side of his life," executive producer James Duff  tells TVGuide.com... read more

Major Crimes Creator James Duff Previews "Do Not Disturb"

Mystery stories trade in puzzles and surprise. How did the body get into the library? How was it all the windows and doors were locked from the inside? Why is the victim wearing someone else's cologne? These are the riddles over which Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot expend their energies as private detectives and likable busybodies in British detective fiction. But, in Major Crimes, as elsewhere in the procedural world, sometimes the most difficult conundrum facing our division is the law itself... read more

Major Crimes Season 3: Which Family Will Rusty Choose?

Major Crimes' third season will be a family affair.

Not only does the case in the premiere (Monday, 9/8c, TNT) involve two children who have gone missing with their father while everyone in Major Crimes points the finger at the mother, but it also sets up a season that explores what "family" truly means.

Major Crimes scoop: Meet Rusty's mom! Plus: Boss on possible Fritz spin-off

"The theme of our first 10 episodes this season is expectations," creator James Duff tells TVGuide.com. "We have an expectation of a lot of things in our lives that it turns out that we have no right to expect. Family is not a given. Family is something you are sometimes obligated to create for yourself and that you embark upon with other people."

Indeed, over the first two seasons, Capt. Sharon Raydor... read more

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