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Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
Major McDonnell says her final Major Crimes episode “felt like a kick in the solar plexus to a lot of amazing women and men out there”
“What surprised and humbled me, and in a deeper sense than ever before, woke me to the incredible power of the medium, was the level of authentic grief that emerged after Sharon’s death,” McDonnell writes in Variety, breaking her silence on her abrupt departure three episodes before the series finale. “Many fans were truly saddened, angry, and overwhelmingly frustrated. I knew how much Sharon was loved. I knew she was a role model. What I hadn’t totally comprehended was how much importance she held as a symbol. And how her importance had grown since the election last year.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Why was Mary McDonnell’s name removed from the final three episodes of Major Crimes?
“Yes,” says Maureen Ryan, “actor’s names often do get taken out of a show’s opening credits when that character has been killed off (or when producers want the audience to think that the character’s dead). But it’s rare for that to happen to the undisputed lead of a show — and certainly as the show is reaching its conclusion.” McDonnell, TNT and Warner Bros. TV all declined to comment on the name removal. But a studio spokesperson said it was common practice at The Closer and spinoff Major Crimes to not list a performer’s name if they didn’t appear in an episode. “But,” adds Ryan, “the death of Sharon Raydor before the series finale also simply felt jarring, and it’s hard not to view it as a storytelling misfire.”
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Mary McDonnell on her Major Crimes twist: “It was very difficult physically to go through that…”
“I just found it very unpleasant, and also necessary, and then it was done,” she says. “It was kind of shocking, actually.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Major Crimes will air its final episode on Jan. 9
Major Crimes and The Closer creator James Duff explains the twist in this week’s episode.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Major Crimes creator didn’t want show to end
“I do want you to know that it was not at all my idea, nor did I want to leave the show,” James Duff wrote on Facebook after TNT’s announcement that The Closer spinoff will end with the upcoming sixth season. He ended the note by adding cryptically, “We’ll have a chance to talk about what happened in the near future. Meanwhile, we are determined to give you the best season we can. So sorry I couldn’t stop this moment from happening.” Mary McDonnell posted on Instagram that “this was not a surprise. The writing was clearly on the wall.”
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
Major Crimes to end after the upcoming Season 6
TNT has announced that Season 6, which includes the all-important Episode 100, will be the last for The Closer spinoff. Major Crimes kicks off its final season on Oct. 31, with the final episodes airing back-to-back on Jan. 16.