EXCLUSIVE: Universal Channel – NBCU’s flagship channel on this side of the pond – has picked up the first run UK broadcast rights to the sixth season of TNT’s long-running crime drama Major Crimes, TVWise has confirmed. The series is distributed internationally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
Universal Channel has been the exclusive UK home to Major Crimes since 2013, when they inked a long-running multi-season deal for the show with Warner Bros. It has been a consistently strong performer for the channel and ranks as one of their highest rated shows alongside the likes of Chicago Med and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
For the back end of season five, Universal opted to fast-track new episodes of Major Crimes; scheduling them to air mere days behind the U.S. broadcast on TNT, whereas in years past there had typically been a three month delay between the new season starting in the United States and launching here in the UK. That experiment was a successful one and TVWise understands that season six will also be fast-tracked and, as such, is expected to launch in early November.
Created by James Duff, Major Crimes follows the major crimes division of the LAPD under the command of Sharon Raydor. The drama series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television and stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Graham Patrick Martin, Jonathan Del Arco, Jessica Meraz, Daniel di Tomasso, Leonard Roberts. Returning guest stars include Jon Tenney, Ransford Doherty, Kathe Mazur, Rene Rosado, Dawnn Lewis and Bill Brochtrup.
Season six will see a slight change in format for the show, with producers abandoning stand alone episodes in favour of several multi-episode arcs. As Commander Sharon Raydor grows accustomed to her new boss, Assistant Chief Leo Mason, the detectives find themselves questioning their faith in the rapidly changing priorities of the justice system and their ability to reason through difficult changes. The emotionally-gripping season will treat fans to an array of milestones from celebrations of love to periods of loss. Finally, they must accept the necessity of risk, in all its different guises, as they prepare to face the inexplicable but increasingly undeniable return of Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke).