TNT Renews ‘The Closer’ Spin-Off ‘Major Crimes’ For Second Season

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TNT has renewed freshman drama series Major Crimes for a second season of 15 episodes, which is set to air in 2013. The drama series joins Dallas, Falling Skies, Perception and Rizzoli & Isles, all of which have been renewed by TNT for another season.

A spin-off of TNT’s long running series The Closer, Major Crimes was created by James Duff and follows the Major Crimes unit of the LAPD following the departure of commanding officer Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson. With Johnson gone, the team must learn to adapt when Captain Raydor is transferred in from Internal Affairs to run the unit. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni and Graham Patrick Martin, with recurring guest stars Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and Jonathan Del Arco.

Across its first season, Major Crimes has been averaging a weekly audience of nearly 7 million viewers making it cable’s number 1 new series for the year-to-date. It also holds a position as one of basic cable’s Top 3 new dramas with key adult demos, averaging 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demo and 2.1 million viewers in the 25-54 demo. In addition, the series premiere of Major Crimes, which was watched by 9.5 million viewers, ranks as cable’s most-watched series launch ever.

Speaking of the renewal, Michael Wright, President and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, said: “With Major Crimes, James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of The Closer, but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit. 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. We look forward to another season of this remarkable new drama.”

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