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'Major Crimes': Mary McDonnell goes from outsider to insider on TNT's 'Closer' spinoff

Sharon Raydor was a thorn in the side of the Major Crimes squad on "The Closer." She's still a thorn in the squad's side now -- she just happens to be their boss too. Last week's debut of "Major Crimes," which spun off from "The Closer" to big ratings, saw Raydor (Mary McDonnell) take charge of the squad after the departure of Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick). Raydor is well aware that she's not particularly liked or trusted, McDonnell says, but is rolling with it. "As she becomes an insider as opposed to an outsider, that mistrust doesn't just dissipate -- because that means we would have to have a completely different person there, and there wouldn't have been that history," McDonnell tells Zap2it. "So what's interesting about it for me -- one of the many things that's interesting -- [is] working with that mistrust from the inside, and seeing where that can take us... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/major-crimes-mary-mcdonnell-goes-from-outsider-to-insider-on-tnts-closer-spinoff.html

'The Closer' Series Finale Brings in 9.1 Million Viewers, 'Major Crimes' Premieres Huge

UPDATED: TNT's longtime champ, just shy of its series high in 2007, offers a solid lead for its spinoff -- now the year's strongest cable debut. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/xITHxlLIabQ/story01.htm

'The Closer' finale and 'Major Crimes' premiere both score big audiences

The series finale of "The Closer" drew the show's second-biggest audience ever Monday night (Aug. 13) -- and provided a big platform for the launch of its spinoff series, "Major Crimes."Just under 9.1 million people said goodbye to Kyra Sedgwick and "The Closer," making the finale the No. 2 episode in the show's history behind the third-season finale (9.2 million) in September 2007. TNT says it expects Monday's episode to pass the 2007 show's Live +7 ratings (9.95 million) when the final numbers are released in a couple of weeks."Major Crimes," meanwhile, followed "The Closer" with a premiere audience of 7.2 million viewers. It bumps another TNT show, "Dallas," out of the top spot for the biggest cable series premiere of 2012. Both "Major Crimes" and "The Closer," incidentally, drew more viewers than anything on broadcast TV Monday night.As was the case with its parent show, the demographics for "Major Crime" skewed to the older... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/the-closer-finale-and-major-crimes-premiere-both-score-big-audiences.html

Major Crime Series Premiere “Reloaded” (TNT)

Major Crime  series premiere "Reloaded" airs Monday August 13 at at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis:  The department  is still reeling with the recent departure of Detective Brenda Lee Johnson, creating a tough transition for the newly appointed head of Major Crimes, Captain Sharon Raydor. But there is little time for adjustment as the department rushes to reach a plea bargain when astring  of grocery store robberies turns fatal. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/08/13/major-crime-series-premiere-reloaded-tnt/  

'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/major-crimes-premiere-mary-mcdonnell-picks-up-where-kyra-sedgwicks-the-closer-leaves-off.html