A Southern Grace: these crimes are major

May 31, 2013

these crimes are major

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Were you a fan of TNT’s The Closer? It was a captivating serial drama starring Kyra Sedgwick as a deceptively sweet Southern gal who finds herself running the Priority Homicide Division in the LAPD.


I really enjoyed the hit show, and its spin-off, Major Crimes, has the potential to be just as incredible. And why wouldn’t it? About 80% of the original cast remains, and it’s a cast that performs together magnificently. Even if you’re new to the show, you’ll immediately recognize and appreciate the rapport among the members of the team, and for me, that’s the very best part of the show. The carry-over crew from The Closer (GW Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, and Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez) has a fantastic camaraderie that many casting directors must struggle to achieve.

I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of the first episode of the second season, airing June 10th at 9/8c. The case of the week involves the murder of a movie director’s wife, and the suspects range from the husband (of course) to the mistress to the ex-wife. I’ve watched a lot of detective shows over the years and am pretty darn good at quickly spotting the culprit, so I always appreciate when a show outsmarts me or takes a turn in a direction I didn’t expect; Major Crimes consistently does just that.

One new addition to the show is Nadine Velazquez (of My Name is Earl fame!) who plays Deputy D.A. Emma Rios. She’s been assigned to the case involving Phillip Stroh, a bone-chilling and downright disturbing man who featured prominently in The Closer. She immediately comes into conflict with the new head of the team, Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell), when she questions Raydor’s intentions as the guardian for Rusty, a key witness in the Stroh case. The writers are doing a fantastic job of seamlessly joining the goings-on at the end of The Closer with the happenings on Major Crimes.


Major Crimes isn’t the only enthralling drama on TNT this summer. Rizzoli and Isles is also terrific and particularly satisfying for those of us who like strong female characters. Falling Skies, Perception, and Franklin and Bash are also back. One new show that interests me is King and Maxwell, which just so happens to star The Closer alum Jon Tenney. Which TNT dramas will you watch?

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88 comments:

Ally said...

I loved The Closer. I enjoyed Major Crimes last season as well but miss Kyra. She was the perfect balance of Southern grace, quirkiness (her penchant for sweets and cats) and badassness.
I've also been watching Perception and Franklin & Bash, both are ok but I'm not addicted. I loved, loved, loved Southland and was devastated to her it's been cancelled! :(

Brenda said...

I watch Major Crimes and Falling Skies. I did like The Closer and watch Rizzoli and Isles when I remember that it is on.

Unknown said...

I always thought Leverage was a fun drama. The Closer was awesome and I still watch Major Crimes.

Susan said...

Hello, my name is Susan and I am a TV junkie.
I loved the Closer. I'm not 100% sold on Major Crimes, but I'm giving it another go this season. I like Falling Skies and love Angie Harmon in Rizzoli & Isles. I am a huge fan of crime shows where the lead is a female. I'm not a feminist by any means, I just like women who are intelligent and can kick some butt. 😃 Leverage was also a fun concept.

Pam said...

I love The Closer, but I have to admit, I partially watch it because I love her wardrobe!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That sounds really cool - don't think this one has made it across the pond yet!

Gloria Baker said...

I love the closer Grace!!

Val said...

I loved The Closer and have been watching Major Crimes. Rizzoli and Isles is another favorite of mine.

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Not sure if Closer has reached our shores but I will look out for it.

Tabathia said...

I will now watch Franklin and Bash and Rizzoli and Isles since my other favs have been cancelled

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Mami2jcn said...

I’m looking forward to seeing “Perception”. It looks like a good cast.

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ellie said...

We watch Rizzoli and Isles and I' also like Franklin and Bash.

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Jessica To said...

I want to see Major Crimes and Perception!
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Elena said...

I want to see Major Crimes and Falling Skies

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Nataly Carbonell said...

I'd watch Major crimes

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Tammy S said...

I want to watch Major Crimes. It sounds great.

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susan1215 said...

I'm a big fan of the Closer. I haven't watched the other shows mentioned yet. I'll have to look into them

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Lisa Brown said...

Rizzoli and Isles is a great show to watch.
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Farmgirl Susan said...

We just discovered The Closer a few months ago and are (quickly!) watching all the seasons. As soon as we're done, we'll either head straight into Major Crimes or check out King & Maxwell. Love the King & Maxwell books! farmgirlfare AT gmail DOT com

JC said...

Love TNT drama, can’t wait to watch new episodes of Rizzoli & Isles
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chambanachik said...

I haven't watched any good crime shows recently, but my husband and I really liked watching White Collar.

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rachel said...

These are all new-to-me shows! If I can catch them online, I might give them a try.

merle said...

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One Frugal Girl said...

My husband always asks me to watch Raw with him.

Anonymous said...

i used to watch the closer but now our TV doesn't work! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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sharonjo said...

I’m excited to see the new Dallas reboot. I used to watch the original series back in the early 80s and loved it! Right now I don’t watch a lot of shows on TNT. I usually tune in to the true crime stuff like Dateline and 48 Hours. I haven't watched The Closer, but it sounds like something I would enjoy, along with the new show, Major Crimes. Thanks!

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Holly Wert said...

we dont have cable so i don't get into any particular show

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kellyr78 said...

I would watch Major Crimes. It sounds like the next season will be great.
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Shelley said...

Perception looks like an interesting show

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LAMusing said...

I like the female driven shows Rizzoli and Isles and The closer. I'm warming up to Major Crimes.
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Gina Wildorchid said...

I will be checking out Major Crimes. I need a new show to get into!

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AnnaZed said...

I loved 'the Closer' and 'Dallas', and now this with stories by David Baldacchi! Great stuff!

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Terri said...

Major Crimes sounds like a show I would like to watch ... I'll have to check it out.

Terri said...

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ape2016 said...

I like Perception and Major Crimes.

Nicole Larsen said...

I want to start watching Major Crimes and The Closer

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Howell said...

I like "Boston's Finest" on TNT.

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peg42 said...

I love the Closer and Bones. Thanks so much.
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mom2threeangels said...

I love Tnt, I really want to watch Perception!

Kerry said...

We don't have cable, but if we did I would probably watch King & Maxwell.
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Kerry said...

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Betty C said...

I really like Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes. I haven't seen King & Maxwell yet but I'm sure I'll like it too.

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Tracy Iglesias said...

I miss The Closer, Kyra was fantastic, I am watching Major Crimes, but not as invested so far in it as I was with The Closer. I also watch Rizzoli and Isles!

Rebecca Graham said...

I like Dallas and The Closer.

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Amy said...

I will probably watch all of them...but really look forward to watch The Closer.

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Betty C said...

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Ashley T. said...

I will probably watch The Closer
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Janice said...

Rizzoli and Isles looks interesting
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ms-texas said...

i would like to see Major crimes

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Lisa Garner said...

I'm excited to watch Falling Skies and Perception.
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Erica Best said...

Perception started off crazy but it was so good bye the end

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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I enjoy watching a lot of TNT shows, I am actually most excited for Rizzoli and Isles coming back for a new season on TNT
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ProudParrotx said...

The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles! bibbobaggins{at}Hotmail{dot}com

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Mar Golis Rose said...

King and Maxwell

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angie lilly said...

I used to watch "Rizzoli and Isles" and "The Closer," but I no longer have TV in my home!
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MANDY83 said...

I really like Rizzoli and Isles

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Thomas Murphy said...

I am going to watch Rizzoli and Isles

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