So much for TNT’s Major Crimes spin-off S.O.B. The network has officially passed on the project which would have starred Jon Tenney (The Closer, Major Crimes) and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, Chicago Med).
The proposed spin-off would have followed the Special Operations Bureau of the LAPD, led by Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) and Commander Ann McGinnis (Laurie Holden). The SOB handles a wide-array of tactical operations for the LAPD through their various specialised units including SWAT, the Underwater Dive Section and the Air Support Division.
While S.O.B. was not officially piloted (either through a traditional pilot or a backdoor-pilot), the characters that would have appeared in the spin-off featured prominently in the season three episode Two Options. In addition, both Jon Tenney and Laurie Holden’s character’s had fairly prominent roles in a handful of season three episodes. Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) was also set to star in S.O.B.
Kevin Reilly, who was recently appointed as President of TNT & TBS and Chief Creative Officer of Turner Broadcasting, revealed to TVLine that the spin-off would not be moving forward. “We’re not doing that. We’ve moved on”, he said.
The writing had been on the wall for quite some time. The spin-off had been proposed under former network topper Michael Wright and after Reilly succeeded him, word coming out of TNT was that he had little to no intention of picking up another procedural, especially given his recent shift toward edgier fare.
The final nail in the coffin came back in March when Laurie Holden, who was to be the co-lead on Major Crimes spin-off S.O.B., booked a co-starring role on Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago Med, which NBC officially picked up to series earlier this month.