10:07am PT by Kate Stanhope
TNT's 'Major Crimes' to End After Season 6
TNT is closing the book on Major Crimes.
The Mary McDonnell procedural is set to end after its upcoming sixth season, the cabler announced Tuesday.
The sixth season is set to premiere Oct. 31 on the Turner-owned network, with the two-hour series finale dated for Jan. 16. This upcoming season will also see the cop drama celebrate its 100th episode.
“The whole company of Major Crimes is dedicated to making 2017-18 the best season yet,” said series creator James Duff. “We will finish our long run on TNT with a finale worthy of our loyal viewers and their years of unstinting support.”
A spinoff of The Closer, Major Crimes launched in 2012 following the former show's series finale. The Closer, which starred Kyra Sedgwick in her Emmy-winning role, ran for seven seasons and became one of TNT's biggest hits. While Sedgwick and future Oscar winner J.K. Simmons both departed, many of The Closer's ensemble moved to Major Crimes, led by McDonnell, who reprised her recurring role from the original series.
“Major Crimes has successfully navigated the many challenges that arise with a spinoff; the primary mission of which is staying true to its core DNA while expanding into unique territory all its own,” said TNT's exec vp original programming Sarah Aubrey. “From Brenda Leigh Johnson to Commander Sharon Raydor, the cast and crew have done a phenomenal job of creating enduring characters — many of whom are celebrating 200 episodes together this season.”
The decision to end Major Crimes despite its ongoing popularity comes as TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly continues to push both cable channels toward more prestige offerings, such as Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and Claws. In addition to Major Crimes, the hit cop drama Rizzoli & Isles wrapped in 2016 after a seven-season run. TNT's other original dramas include The Librarians and The Last Ship.
The cabler's upcoming slate includes ambitious period drama The Alienist as well as the Chris Pine six-part series One Day She'll Darken.
Since Reilly took over, TNT, like many other platforms, has leaned more toward shows produced in-house through Turner's Studio T. However, both Claws and Animal Kingdom, like Major Crimes, hail from Warner Bros TV.
WBTV produces Major Crimes in association with the Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy. Series creator and showrunner Duff also executive produces with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius.
Following news of the cancellation, creator Duff took to Facebook to attempt to explain TNT's decision to ax the show: