Mary McDonnell Optimistic for ‘Major Crimes’ Future

With a debut that scored 7.2 million viewers for her “The Closer” spinoff, “Major Crimes,” star Mary McDonnell is looking forward optimistically to word of a Season 2 sometime soon.

“I can’t commit the network, because I don’t run it,” she says with a laugh. “But I will say TNT has been absolutely, stunningly remarkably supportive of this series, in the promotion, marketing and belief that this is something that can be done, should be done, and is what the fans want. TNT knows what they have and they’ve handled it beautifully,” she gushes. “They have patience. Clearly they were not disappointed. They were super smart and super brave. They’re the kind of network you want to be working for.”

[Update:  Series ratings remained strong in week 2, and  posted viewer gains for week 3, the latest episode of the show, which was basic cable’s No. 1 program Monday, averaging more than 5.7 million viewers.]

Meanwhile, with the first 10 episodes of “Major Crimes” in the can, “I am enjoying a little relaxation time,” says the brilliant actress of “Battlestar Galactica” and “Dances With Wolves” renown. “I have a little independent film I would love to do, but I can’t really talk about it because not all the pieces are there. And then, I look forward to knowing about our second season. There are some things I really want to study about things I’ve learned in the first season.”
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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

2 thoughts on “Mary McDonnell Optimistic for ‘Major Crimes’ Future

  1. Tina

    Major Crimes is a major winner, my family is sold on this series. We are looking forward to the announcement of 2nd season.
    We are thrilled that Mary McDonnell is back on TV on a regular basis.

  2. Ari

    TNTPTB are fools if they don’t renew Major Crimes. It’s fantastic and I want to see Mary McDonnell on my television for years to come.

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