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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 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.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
Kyra Sedgwick: ABC isn’t doing a good job promoting my new show Ten Days in the Valley
Asked about the difference between the premiere of her new show this Sunday and The Closer a decade ago, Sedgwick tells The Daily Beast: “The biggest difference is that there’s tons more shows and there’s a lot more competition, you know? I also think ABC’s not doing a good job getting the word out there. When I was doing The Closer, literally the two weeks before we aired, (former Turner Entertainment Networks president) Steve Koonin’s goal was that everyone living in a major city would be exposed to something about The Closer five times in a day. He used to run Coke, and he was the head of TNT marketing. And he made that happen. It’s great that I get to do interviews for this now, because I have a track record. But the truth is that no one knows (Ten Days in the Valley) is on. So that’s disturbing and scary.”