LEGENDS star Morris Chestnut talks the new thriller series – Exclusive

Morris Chestnut co-stars on LEGENDS | © 2014 TNT

In TNT’s new series LEGENDS, Wednesdays at 9 PM, Sean Bean stars as Martin Odum, an FBI agent whose long-term deep-cover assignments call for complex false identities known as “legends.” Morris Chestnut costars as FBI agent Tony Rice, who is with the division of transportation security. Due to some security camera footage, and because the higher-ups don’t want to “out” Martin, Tony believes Martin may have stabbed a man to death on a train platform and breaks the rules to investigate the truth. Chestnut’s most recent feature film outing, 2013’s THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, saw the Southern California-born actor reprising […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES star Kearran Giovanni on Season 2

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 2 - "Poster Boy" | ©2013 TNT/Darren Michaels

MAJOR CRIMES, the spin-off from THE CLOSER, has its second-season midseason break last night. Mary McDonnell reprises the role she created on THE CLOSER as LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor. There is another woman on Raydor’s squad, young Detective Amy Sykes, played by Kearran Giovanni. Giovanni, who was born in Louisiana and Texas, is primarily known as a Broadway musical theatre actress. At a party thrown by TNT for the Television Critics Association poolside at the Beverly Hilton, Giovanni talks about how much she’s enjoying working on her first one-hour nighttime drama series. AX: What are the major changes in Amy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES Kearran Giovanni actress talks about her TNT series beat

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Citizen's Arrest" | ©TNT/Karen Neal

In TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday at 9 PM, a lot of characters in the Major Crimes squad room have had to make an adjustment. Their previous boss, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson on THE CLOSER, was a results-at-all-costs type. Their new supervisor on the spinoff, Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, is a former Internal Affairs officer who’s a stickler for the rules. However, for Kearran Giovanni’s character Detective Amy Sikes, who is new to the squad, Raydor is a mentor and a role model. They get along very well. Giovanni worked on the daytime […]Read On »

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Interview: Michael M. Robin discusses MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

Michael M. Robin is a man who knows how to multi-task. Having cut his teeth on DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. and L.A. LAW, winning an Emmy for his work on the latter, and another Emmy for NYPD BLUE, Robin went on to be executive producer of one hundred episodes of NIP/TUCK. This year alone, he’s worked as executive producer on LONGMIRE, the DALLAS reboot and MAJOR CRIMES, directing the pilot episode of this last after having served as one of the executive producers on that show’s predecessor, THE CLOSER. Since we’re on the precinct squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES, which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tony Denison talks MAJOR CRIMES and THE CLOSER

Tony Denison in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 Karen Neal

One of the enduring pleasures of the TNT series THE CLOSER was the sparring between Anthony Denison’s character LAPD Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn and G.W. Bailey’s character Lieutenant Louie Provenza. The characters and their dynamic have now moved over to THE CLOSER’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES – both series created by James Duff – which airs Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, even though Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson has left and the squad room is now being run by Mary McDonnell’s Sharon Raydor. Veteran actor Denison, a native of Harlem, New York, got his big break playing mobster Ray Luca […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: G.W. Bailey gets closer to MAJOR CRIMES

G.W. Bailey in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Dismissed with Prejudice" | ©2012/Karen Neal

If one had to choose a single word to describe veteran actor G.W. Bailey upon meeting the man, it would be “jovial.” Seated at the desk of his character LAPD homicide detective Lt. Louie Provenza, who he’s played for seven years on TNT’S THE CLOSER and now portrays on the first season of that show’s spin-off MAJOR CRIMES, Mondays at 9 PM on TNT, Bailey makes visitors to the set feel welcome. Fans of THE CLOSER will not that the squad room set for MAJOR CRIMES is pretty much the same as it was. Yes, Kyra Sedgwick’s character, “closer” Brenda […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Creator James Duff on the end of THE CLOSER and the beginning of MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

It was a bittersweet night for writer/executive producer James Duff. THE CLOSER, the series Duff created starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Southerner who comes to Los Angeles to be Deputy Chief of the LAPD, finished its seven-year run last night on TNT. Immediately afterwards, the new series Duff created, MAJOR CRIMES, headed up by Mary McDonnell reprising her CLOSER character of former Internal Affairs operative Sharon Raydor and featuring much of THE CLOSER’s cast, had its series premiere on TNT. The Paley Center for Television in Beverly Hills is having a special event to honor its exhibit […]Read On »

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TCA News: First News on THE CLOSER spin-off MAJOR CRIMES

THE CLOSER THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON | © 2011 Warner Home Video

At today’s TCA press tour for the Turner networks, details on the new THE CLOSER spin-off for TNT was announced. The series will be called MAJOR CRIMES and will pick up directly where THE CLOSER leaves off. “THE CLOSER concentrated solely on getting a confessions, this is about getting convictions,” says Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Cast members returning from THE CLOSER to the new show include Mary McDonnell (Captain Sharon Raydor), G.W. Bailey (Lt. Provenza), Tony Denison (Lt. Andy Flynn), Michael Paul Chan (Lt. Tao), Raymond Cruz (Detective […]Read On »

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