Airdate: Major Crimes

Nine will launch The Closer procedural spin-off series starring Mary McDonnell later this month.

2013-05-10_1317Nine will launch The Closer procedural spin-off series Major Crimes later this month.

This sees Mary McDonnell take over the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division following the exit of Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).

The TNT series premiered in the US in October and has been renewed for a second season.

Major Crimes, which takes television’s favourite squad of detectives from the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series The Closer into bold new territory, premieres Monday, May 20, after The Voice on Channel Nine.

As the series opens, the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division are still reeling from the departure of their chief, Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick), and the realisation that Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) is now in charge.

Unlike Johnson, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people she works with. Raydor’s hardest job, however, will be gaining the trust and confidence of her detectives, who aren’t quick to forget her long history of internal investigations targeting them and their old boss.

Especially troublesome is Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey), the squad’s resident old-timer, who has a difficult time taking orders from someone he doesn’t think knows as much as he does.

There is little time for adjustment as the LAPD rushes to reach a plea bargain when a string of grocery store robberies turns fatal. After proving to be a valuable source for the case, an undercover detective and military veteran, Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni), is transferred to Major Crimes. Meanwhile Raydor takes a big step to protect teenager Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin) after he runs away from his foster family.

Major Crimes stars two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell (The Closer, Battlestar Galactica, Dances with Wolves) in her Emmy-nominated role of Captain Sharon Raydor, and The Closer’s G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, St. Elsewhere, Police Academy movies), Tony Denison (Prison Break, Playmakers), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development, The Insider), Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad, Training Day), Phillip P. Keene (Home) and Graham Patrick Martin (Two and a Half Men, The Bill Engvall Show). Plus newcomer Kearran Giovanni (One Life to Live).

9:30pm Monday, May 20 on Nine.

11 Responses

  1. Had not heard of this show until Nine aired a promo today comparing it to CSI and the other top cop shows of recent years. I think they are drawing a long bow on that.

    I agree I don’t trust Nine, never have for years since they screwed over Murphy Brown, Smallville, Enterprise and Gilmore Girls fans… yes I have a long memory.

  2. Ahh, was wondering why it hadn’t yet shown up on DVD boxset here in Australia.
    Didn’t realise that 9 had picked it up.
    The way they treated the Closer led me to believe they wouldn’t go near this one.
    Hope they “encore” it on GEM though, 9.30pm is not always a good time slot for me.
    Have been following Arrow on catchup since it started.

  3. belongs on GEM, they need more dramas. Longmire starts there on Wednesday, Dallas starts soon too, why not pair this with Closer.

    I wonder if they are gonna encore it on GEM?

  4. I loved The Closer and hoped we would be getting this show. Will be funny not having Brenda in it though, she was a great character.

  5. It is no The Closer but is damn solid. Very different tone due to the change in leads, but it is still on my much-watch list. Big McDonnell fan.

  6. With the way Nine played around with the final seasons of The Closer I’m surprised they picked this up. I have seen this season of Major Crimes and it is good Captain Raydor became much more human and the rest of the cast plays off each other nicely.

    Have nine announced the return of The Big C yet? new eps started in the US this month.

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