Universal Channel is committing to Major Crimes
The NBCU owned channel has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the upcoming fourth season of Major Crimes, TNT’s flagship drama series which is a spin-off of The Closer, TVWise has learned exclusively.
Created by James Duff, Major Crimes follows the major crimes unit of the LAPD under the command of Captain Sharon Raydor. 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, Graham Patrick Martin, Nadine Velazquez, Robert Gossett and Jonathan Del Arco.
Major Crimes is an important title for Universal, who have been targeting more high-profile US dramas in recent years. The show wrapped its third season on the channel earlier this week and has been a solid ratings performer since it launch in 2013; substantially growing it audience year-on-year to rank as one of Universal’s highest rated dramas.
The acquisition of the show’s fourth season emanates from a larger multi-year agreement for the hit series with global distributor Warner Bros International Television Distribution. The new season, which is understood to have once again received an order for 19 episodes, will air on Universal Channel later this year, shortly behind its debut on TNT in the United States.