TNT has picked up their hit drama series Major Crimes for a sixth season, TVWise has learned. Just as they did last year, the network has placed an initial order of 13 episodes for season six, with the expectation that the order will be increased at a later date, just as they have done for the previous four seasons.
With an average multi-platform audience in excess of ten million viewers, making it not only TNT’s longest running but also highest rated series currently on-air, the renewal had been expected for some time. The official pick up comes as production is winding down on the season five finale and put Major Crimes within spitting distance of The Closer‘s run of 109 episodes.
The back half of Major Crime‘s fifth season, consisting of eight episodes, is set to debut on TNT late next month and will introduce two new recurring characters: Deputy Chief Winnie Davis, played by Camryn Manheim, and Commander Leo Mason, played by Leonard Roberts. Given that the back half of season five will run well into April, it is not immediately clear if season six will launch in the summer or later in 2017.
A spin-off of TNT’s long running series The Closer, Major Crimes centers on a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. Led by Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), the squad includes Lieutenant Provenza (GW Bailey), Lieutenant Flynn (Tony Denison), Lieutenant Michael Tao (Michael Paul Chan), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz), Buzz Watson (Philip P. Keene) and Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni). Graham Patrick Martin and Jonathan Del Arco also star.
Major Crimes was created by James Duff, who also serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius. The series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Under a long-term licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Universal Channel continues to hold the exclusive first window UK broadcast rights to the series.