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"Major Crimes" review by Suzanne
Returns Monday, June 10 at 9/8c on TNT

I was very happy that they renewed this series. Even though it's not quite as good as "The Closer' (we still miss Brenda), the acting and writing is solid. It has a really large cast.

They have added a new obnoxious D.A., played by Emma Rios.  In the premiere episode, she is kind of mean to Rusty and he takes a dislike to her.  Rusty still has to testify against the serial killer from last season. I love how we're getting to know all of the characters in more depth.

I guess we won't see Brenda's husband around much any more, since he's now starring in the new TNT show "King and Maxwell"...  Make sure you tune in to both this show and that one. Both are very good.

More Information:

Major Crimes – Season 2 – Premiere: Monday, June 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Television’s favorite squad of detectives has entered bold new territory with this hit crime drama that ranked as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2012. The elite team of Major Crimes is back, headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, GW Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson and Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales. Graham Patrick Martin returns as Rusty Beck, a homeless teen and material witness taken in by Captain Raydor, and Robert Gossett guest-stars as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. This season, Nadine Velazquez joins the ensemble as Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios. Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. The series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Rick Wallace and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.

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Summer’s biggest crime dramas kick off Monday, June 10 at 9/8c with Major Crimes and King & Maxwell.

Tom Berenger to Guest-Star on TNT’s Hit Drama Major Crimes

Tom Berenger is set guest star in three episodes this summer on TNT‘s hit drama series Major Crimes, which is set to kick off its second season in June.

Berenger won a Golden Globe® for his performance in Platoon and has starred in several other major films, including The Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me and Major League. Berenger was also nominated for an Emmy® for his role in hit television series Cheers.  His more recent work includes his role in box office hit Inception and Primetime Emmy award winning appearance in the television miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

In Major Crimes, Berenger will play Captain Sharon Raydor’s estranged husband of 25 years, Jackson Raydor. A brilliant lawyer, Jackson has taken a long break from working to follow his real passion, gambling, but he returns to Los Angeles to work as a court-appointed attorney. Charming and charismatic, Jackson becomes fast friends with Rusty but Sharon continues to remain wary.

Ben Feldman to Guest-Star on TNT’s Hit Drama Major Crimes

Ben Feldman is set to be a guest-star this summer on the hit TNT drama series Major Crimes. Feldman is best known for his roles on the television series Mad Men and Drop Dead Diva. His film credits include The Perfect Man and Cloverfield.

In Major Crimes, Feldman will play Jason Andrews, a budding television writer taken by Tao and Sanchez on an informative LAPD ride-along that swiftly gets out of hand. As the officers of Major Crimes delve deeper and deeper into a startling discovery, Jason’s presence becomes more and more problematic.

Season 2

Episode Synopses

"Final Cut" – Monday, June 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The squad scrambles to garner a confession when the pregnant wife of a big-time film director is found murdered. Meanwhile, just as things seem to fall into place under Raydor’s leadership, new Deputy D.A. Emma Rios (new cast member Nadine Velazquez) challenges Raydor’s intentions as Rusty’s guardian.

Directed by Roxann Dawson

Written by Leo Geter

Created by James Duff

"False Pretenses" – Monday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A complex murder-suicide case has the department reeling. Meanwhile, when Rusty receives a mysterious and threatening letter Emma demands that he be relocated. Torn between her desire to protect Rusty and professional duty to the case, Raydor is forced to seriously consider Emma’s request.

Directed by Arvin Brown

Written by Michael Alaimo

Created by James Duff

"Under the Influence" – Monday, June 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A meddling television writer-producer (guest star Ben Feldman) accompanies Sanchez and Tao on a ride-along so he can get an inside look at the LAPD. But what starts out as a simple outing quickly gets out of hand. And Rusty employees some unfair help when his teacher makes him re-write an essay. 

Directed by David McWhirter

Written by Duppy Demetrius

Created by James Duff

"I, Witness" – Monday, July 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The LAPD flies a material witness into Los Angeles to testify, but in a horrible turn of events their witness winds up as the key suspect in an entirely new murder. Personal and professional stress takes a toll on Flynn. And the squad takes bets when Rusty brings a girl from class to hang out with him at the department.  

Directed by Steve Robin

Written by Adam Belanoff

Created by James Duff

"D.O.A " – Monday, July 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The squad investigates a brutal murder, but they soon find that dark secrets are at the root of an apparent drug bust gone wrong. Meanwhile, Raydor’s estranged husband of 25 years, Jack Raydor (guest star Tom Berenger) returns to Los Angeles to work as a court-appointed attorney. Charming and charismatic, Jack becomes fast friends with Rusty but Sharon continues to remain wary.

Directed by Paul McCrane

Written by Ralph Gifford & Carson Moore

Created by James Duff

Production Biographies

James Duff

Executive Producer/Creator/Writer

James Duff began his professional writing career with the Broadway drama Home Front, which was later re-titled The War at Home before having a successful worldwide run in London, Stockholm, Athens, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Brussels, Amsterdam and Australia. The play was made into a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kimberly Williams and Carla Gugino. Duff’s play A Quarrel of Sparrows went from regional theater productions to off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and won a Dramalogue Award during its run in Los Angeles.


Duff has written three television films: Without a Kiss Goodbye, Betrayed: The Story of Three Women and Doing Time on Maple Drive, which earned him an Emmy® nomination. In series work, he has written and produced episodes for Popular, Felicity, Wolf Lake and The Agency. He also created and produced The Closer and the series The D.A. with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. In 2007 he was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award.


Additionally, Duff wrote an episode of Enterprise, as well as four pilots: Long Island Fever, Texas Graces, 911 Fifth Avenue and The Travel Agency.

Greer Shephard

Executive Producer

A co-founder of The Shephard/Robin Company, Greer Shephard is former vice president of drama series programming for ABC. In that role, she supervised both drama development and current series programming.

Shephard began her television career in 1989 as a manager of comedy and drama development at Walt Disney Television. She joined ABC in 1991 as associate director of current series programming. She was promoted to director, dramatic series development, in 1993, and then elevated to vice president in 1995.

During her tenure at ABC, Shephard helped develop the Peabody Award-winning Nothing Sacred; the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning The Practice; Robert Altman’s Gun; Cracker; and Relativity. Shephard then served as a producer on Nothing Sacred and C-16 before launching The Shephard/Robin Company. She has since directed episodes of The Closer, Nip/Tuck, Trust Me and State of Mind.

Michael M. Robin

Executive Producer/Director

Michael M. Robin is an award-winning producer and director who has worked on such high-profile series as NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck and TNT's The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Dallas. He has earned Producing Emmys® for NYPD Blue and L.A. Law as well as three Golden Globes® for NYPD Blue, L.A. Law and Nip/Tuck.

Robin formed The Shephard/Robin Company with Greer Shephard in 1998. Their producing success includes Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Longmire, Major Crimes, Trust Me, State of Mind, The D.A., Popular and Brutally Normal.

In his more than two decades in the television industry, Robin has directed 11 drama pilots, including the pilots for TNT's The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Dallas. He has directed a total of 19 episodes of The Closer and three episodes of Rizzoli & Isles.

Robin began his career as a production assistant on the hit series L.A. Law, where he worked his way up to producer in the fourth season and later received an Emmy for his work on the series. He then segued to Cop Rock as a producer, where he made his directorial debut.

Robin continued directing as the supervising producer on Civil Wars while also evolving into a co-executive producer on NYPD Blue. His four years of work on NYPD Blue earned him a second Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, in addition to a nomination for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series.

After an 11-year association with Steven Bochco, Robin struck out on his own to co-create, executive-produce and direct multiple episodes of the drama series C-16, as well as launch The Shephard/Robin Company with Greer Shephard.

Rick Wallace

Executive Producer/Director

Rick Wallace began his professional career as the artistic director of Pegasus Productions, a theatre company in Los Angeles. He started directing television in 1981 on the much-acclaimed series Hill Street Blues.

  Wallace came to The Closer as executive producer in its fifth season, having directed five episodes over the first four years of the series. He has directed episodes of more than 35 other series and has won three Emmys® for Outstanding Drama Series. He was nominated twice for Outstanding Directing in a series. His directing credits include episodes of Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue, Murder One, Law & Order: S.V.U., and Sleeper Cell. Wallace has served as an executive producer and director on such series as L.A. Law, City Of Angels, Philly, Peacemakers, Commander In Chief, Men In Trees and Women’s Murder Club. Wallace has directed seven television pilots, including Doogie Howser M.D. and The Pretender, which he also executive-produced.


Wallace lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.  

Andrew J. Sacks

Co-Executive Producer

Academy AwardÒ winner Andrew Sacks started his career as a project coordinator with Landmark Entertainment Group, helping to create a theme park in Oita, Japan. After returning to the United States, he began his work in television on the series Beverly Hills, 90210.

Sacks continued to work on several projects for Spelling, Touchstone and Warner Bros. Television. His feature credits include The Opposite of Sex; Shirley MacLaine’s directorial debut, Bruno; and Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. He has worked on several projects for The Shephard/Robin Company, including Brutality Normal, Elementary and Beck and Call, as well as co-producing the series The D.A and producing TNT's The Closer, both with executive producer James Duff.

In 2004, Sacks won an OscarÒ for producing the short film Two Soldiers. The following year, he, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Sacks is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sunshine Kids Foundation. This non-profit organization, for which The Closer and Major Crimes cast member G.W. Bailey is Executive Director, serves children with cancer from all over the United States and Canada.

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