TNT drama Major Crimes will end after its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned. The crime procedural starring Mary McDonnell, premiered in 2012 as a spinoff of The Closer.
Major Crimes has been a bulwark for TNT, pulling in 10 million viewers a week across all platforms, according to Turner. Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly has taken TNT’s creative direction away from the kind of meat-and-potatoes police procedural that marked the networks’ previous aesthetic. The series was renewed for a sixth season by TNT in January in the middle of its fifth season.
Major Crimes follows 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 (G.W. Bailey), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison), Lieutenant Michael Tao (Michael Paul Chan), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz), tech expert and reserve officer Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene) and Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni).
Major Crimes was created by James Duff, who also serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem, and Duppy Demetrius.
Major Crimes has successfully navigated the many challenges that arise with a spin-off; the primary mission of which is staying true to its core DNA while expanding into unique territory all its own,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “From Brenda Leigh Johnson to Commander Sharon Raydor, the cast and crew have done a phenomenal job of creating enduring characters – many of whom are celebrating 200 episodes together this season.” – Reuters