'Major Crimes' premiere: Mary McDonnell picks up where Kyra Sedgwick's 'The Closer' leaves off


What would "The Closer" be like without the closer?Viewers are about to find out: Literally on the heels of the finale of the much-acclaimed Kyra Sedgwick police saga -- one of the top-rated dramas in basic cable history -- TNT launches the spinoff series "Major Crimes" Monday, Aug, 13. The show will involve nearly all the "Closer" regulars, with the inescapably notable exception of Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sedgwick ... who felt a seven-season run as interrogator extraordinaire Brenda Leigh Johnson was enough for her.Once she made her decision known, TNT asked "Closer" mentor James Duff to devise a way to keep the other characters going. Thus, the new drama brings Mary McDonnell front and center as Sharon Raydor, the police captain she has been playing on the parent series (which actually does end immediately before "Major Crimes" begins).G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene are among others...



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