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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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"The Stroh case is the big one, and she wants to win," Velazquez says. "Both [women] are ambitious, and that's where it conflicts. Emma knows the law, but Sharon is the Captain [with the] authority. Captain Raydor is so collected and calm, but yet she's firm. She never lets it throw her off, which is something Emma hopes it would do. But it doesn't work with her."

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