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Major Crimes Creator James Duff Previews "Rules of Engagement"

Mary McDonnell

In the seventh episode of our summer long examination of identity, we actively consider that oldest of old saws, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." We are usually taught this elemental lesson in judgment when we're very young, and (for many) it begins the effort to hone the native suspicion of human nature. There are too many examples of how people have been led astray by appearances to repeat them here, but one should not have to go back very far in American history to locate tragic mistakes that occur when people form false impressions based entirely on semblance. But Major Crimes is only an hour drama on television, and not a civics lesson; many of the questions we ask have no answers... read more

Major Crimes Season 2: Will the New D.A. Ruffle Capt. Raydor's Feathers?

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There's a new face in the squad room this season on Major Crimes.

Former My Name Is Earl star Nadine Velazquez joins the cast of the TNT drama Monday (9/8c, TNT) as Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios, a bright and ambitious young prosecutor who's been assigned to work with the Major Crimes Unit. Unfortunately, Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) & Co. don't exactly extend the warmest welcome.

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"They're not gentle and they're not holding my hand in any way," Velazquez tells TVGuide.com of her character's interaction with her new colleagues.... read more

Keck's Exclusives First Look: Tom Berenger Joins Major Crimes

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Major Crimes police captain ­Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) is getting a major pain in the keister this season when her estranged husband, Jackson (Tom Berenger), moves in with her starting July 8 for three ­episodes of the TNT drama. "He is ­extremely charming and funny," says Berenger, who collected an Emmy last year for Hatfields & McCoys.

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Keck's Exclusives: Major Crimes Books Tom Berenger for Major Role

Tom Berenger

Mary McDonnell's Capt. Sharon Raydor is getting a husband in Season 2 of TNT's successful Closer spin-off, Major Crimes. Tom Berenger, who won a Golden Globe for his unforgettable performance in Platoon, has been signed to play Capt. Raydor's estranged... read more

TNT Renews Major Crimes

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TNT has ordered a 15-episode sophomore season of its original series Major Crimes, the network announced Thursday

"Week after week, Major Crimes has drawn millions of fans with its combination of sharp writing and engaging characters brought to life by what can only be described as one of the best acting ensembles on television," Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, said in a statement. read more

Major Crimes' Mary McDonnell on Turning Capt. Raydor into the Hero

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Major Crimes star Mary McDonnell still isn't exactly sure how she ended up as the star of TNT's newest cop drama.

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The Battlestar Galactica alum first stepped into Capt. Sharon Raydor's shoes during The Closer's fifth season, when her Internal Affairs investigation put her at odds with Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and her team. Three years later, Brenda is gone and Raydor is now leading the squad on the spin-off Major Crimes.

"I've never had something grow this way," McDonnell tells TVGuide.com... read more

Ask Matt: Major Crimes, Covert Affairs, MTV's Inbetweeners and More

Mary McDonnell

Question: Let's play armchair programmer. While I am enjoying Major Crimes, it does feel a bit like we're just waiting for Brenda Leigh to show. Do you think they could have benefited from holding Major Crimes until the traditional December run of The Closer to let us get a little distance? Or is it purely a creative question? Major Crimes looks just like The Closer. Could the show benefit from some slight visual tweaks? Perhaps a slightly different opening sequence? — Steven read more

Review: Exit The Closer, Enter Major Crimes

Kyra Sedgwick

One of the things I'll miss most about Brenda Leigh Johnson is her sweet tooth: that secret compulsion and most shameful addiction indulged by the Deputy Chief of the LAPD's Major Crimes Division whenever she reaches for that overstuffed top desk drawer, a Pavlovian response to the nerve-wracking stress of her high-profile job. In a more typical L.A. crime story, the hard-driving boss reveals a weakness for booze. With Brenda, it's the soothing waft of chocolate when she peels back the foil from a Ding Dong, savoring the guilty pleasure.

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TNT Says Goodbye to The Closer, Hello to Major Crimes

Kyra Sedgwick, Mary McDonnell

On Monday, The Closer's Brenda Leigh Johnson will hear her final confession. But TNT's Closer spin-off Major Crimes should be able to keep you from grief-eating a dozen Ding Dongs.

The Closer winds down: Who can Brenda trust?

The Closer
's series finale finds Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) trying to put away slippery defense attorney — and suspected serial rapist —Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke) once and for all. And although the climax of the Stroh storyline heavily impacts Brenda's future, it's the introduction of another character — an orphaned teenage hustler named Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) — that may ultimately prove to be most important. So much so that he'll also be a focal point of Major Crimes... read more

On the Set: Secrets of The Closer Finale

Kyra Sedgwick

Last December, Kyra Sedgwick could be found conducting one of her hissing interrogations, the kind riveting enough to win her a Lead Actress Emmy; the kind she usually performs in a tiny, unadorned room at LAPD headquarters. Only, for "The Last Word," the 109th and final episode ever of TNT's hit procedural The Closer, Sedgwick's Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is prying information out of a terrified witness while standing in a puffy black parka and thick beige scarf in a remote, windy part of Griffith Park.

Since The Closer debuted in 2005, it's been... read more

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