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June 2 2015

Major Crimes Returns with Courage, Murder, and Love

Major Crimes returns to TNT this Monday night, June 8th at 9:00 pm to begin its fourth season. All of the important and favorite characters are returning, including Mary McDonnell and a terrific...
November 24 2014

Major Crimes is Back: Executive Producer James Duff Gives us the Rundown

Major Crimes returns to TNT Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST for its winter season of nine episodes. I recently had a chance to sit down with James Duff, executive producer and co-creator of Major...
May 30 2013

New Series Premiere: King & Maxwell

On Monday, June 10, TNT will premiere King & Maxwell, a new private eye drama with romantic overtones. The show stars Jon Tenney (Fritz from The Closer and Major Crimes) and Rebecca Romijn (Alexis...
February 12 2013

Mardi Gras Madness with Flynn and Provenza!

On Major Crimes Lt. Provenza would never think of riding in Mardi Gras without his buddy, Lt. Andy Flynn. So it wasn't too much of a surprise that when G.W. Bailey, the actor who plays Provenza,...
February 7 2013

Murder Mardi Gras Style

Mardi Gras is the ultimate festival for food, fun, and mayhem, which also makes it the perfect time and place for a fictional murder or two. While Mardi Gras (also called Carnival in some countries)...
December 15 2012

Til Death Do Us Part: TV’s Top Crime Fighting Couples

Crime  TV is full of crime fighting super-couples, but no two duos are exactly alike. Here are my all-time faves. 10. Brenda Leigh Johnson and Fritz Howard, The Closer The only reason...
August 21 2012

Major Crimes: “Before and After”

Oh, what a difference a week makes. I liked this episode so much more than the premiere last week. Major Crimes’ second episode begins in the personal training gym of an exercise guru and...
August 14 2012

The Closer Series Finale: “The Last Word”

The episode starts with sirens and an aerial view of Griffith Park. Brenda is driven up to the crime scene slowly and we see her squad members looking through the window of the van at her one by one....
August 7 2012

The Closer: “Armed Response”

“Sometimes I feel like I pay more attention to what murderers have to say than [to] the people that I really care about.”     – Brenda Leigh Johnson We are almost to the end...
July 31 2012

The Closer: “Last Rites”

Each Monday evening brings us one episode nearer to the finale of The Closer. Last night’s episode, “Last Rites,” was third from the end. So the 3-2-1 countdown has begun. The story opens with...
July 24 2012

The Closer: “Drug Fiend”

“The Closer, for me, has always been about the tension between idealism and pragmatism, which are perfectly expressed in the ideals of our justice system and daily, dramatized to us as individuals...
July 17 2012

The Closer: “Fool’s Gold”

If you love Flynn and Provenza, you’ll love this week’s episode of The Closer. Provenza’s ex-wife calls his cell phone. He ignores the call, but the ex-wife knows Provenza well, so she...
July 10 2012

The Return of The Closer: “Hostile Witness”

Brenda’s back and she is not happy. In this episode we saw the return of Brenda’s nemesis, Philip Stroh, the defense attorney she believes is also a rapist/murderer messing with Brenda’s head....
July 9 2012

The Closer Countdown: Get Ready for the Final Six Episodes

“When you’re not sure who you can trust, Chief, don’t trust anyone.”   —Detective Sanchez to Brenda Leigh Johnson The end is near my friends. Well, the end of Brenda Leigh Johnson...
July 8 2012

The Crime Fighter Fashion Awards and Brenda Leigh’s Purse Sweepstakes

Crime fighters range from the absolutely well-dressed to those who can’t even manage to get the crumbs off their shirts. Can you imagine Magnum without his Hawaiian shirts or Columbo without his...
April 21 2012

The Muppets Take On Brenda Leigh Johnson

It seems we aren’t the only ones suffering during this split season hiatus of The Closer. The gang over at Sesame Street put together this lovely spoof, where bright pink Brenda Leigh puppet teaches...
April 18 2012

Seriously Sloppy Sleuths: The Best and Worst of TV Detectives

We can’t all be perfect all of the time, and let’s face it, flawed characters are eminently more interesting, but there is a difference between a character who is deeply flawed and a character who...
March 18 2012

The Perception of The Walking Dead and their Major Crimes is In Plain Sight

In honor of the holiday, almost all our news includes actors named McSomething! Major Crimes- Of course Mary McDonnell’s all smiles! There’s updated schedule news about Major Crimes, the Captain...
February 8 2012

This Summer, Will Major Crimes Happen in Your House?

TNT announced last year that The Closer will give birth to a new show when Kyra Sedgwick (Brenda Leigh Johnson) leaves this summer. The new show, called Major Crimes, will star Mary McDonnell as Captain...
December 9 2011

Crime Fiction’s Ten Greatest Bromances

As a genre, mystery is famous for its loners, guys like Jack Reacher, Monk and Lucas Davenport. But mysteries are also rife with bromances, all you have to do is look. What exactly is a bromance? The...
November 30 2011

The Closer Extended Season Premiere: “Necessary Evil”

Do the ends justify the means? That’s the question being asked in this week’s episode of The Closer, appropriately titled Necessary Evil. It’s a fine echo to the big question: Are Brenda’s actions...
November 28 2011

Closing in on the Close of The Closer

“They may dislike me because Captain Taylor don’t [sic] want me here. Relax, Will, because once I get to work, and they see me in action, they’ll have a whole other list of reasons to hate...
September 22 2011

Castle, Fritz or Booth: The Perfect Male Sidekick?

Television today is filled with strong women crime fighters. Detective Kate Beckett on Castle, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer and Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones are prime examples....
September 16 2011

Counterpoint: Don’t Bury The Lead!

In Bury the Lead...Please!, Elyse Dinh-McCrillis made a plea to American television producers that struck fear in the heart of this American television viewer. She writes: “If producers want to bring...
September 8 2011

Is Brenda Leigh Johnson Really Nancy Drew?

Many of us, me included, were first drawn to mysteries by the bravery and the independence of Nancy Drew. Our intrepid heroine prevailed over robbers, forgers, kidnappers and organized crime to help...
August 24 2011

For TNT, the Holidays Mean Crime

We know, we know, it’s not even Labor Day!!  But we’ve been waiting to hear more about some shows we have our beady eyes upon, and here obligingly comes TNT’s press release about its...
June 30 2011

She Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Hero, She’s a Heroine of Summer TV

They don’t drink blood, shapeshift, or command the powers of the wind. Instead, they use a well-placed sneer, a polite thank you, an upraised eyebrow, and sometimes a big gun to save the world....