Q: Is "Major Crimes" coming back to TV?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Fans will have to wait a while yet, but "Major Crimes" star Mary McDonnell promises a big payoff when it returns in the summer.

The spinoff of "The Closer," which aired Monday nights this past summer and fall, left nothing for TNT to desire in the ratings department -- it finished its debut season as cable's most-watched new show.

Its series premiere drew in 9.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched series launch in basic cable history. However, it got a boost there from its predecessor -- "The Closer's" series finale aired as its lead-in, and drew 11.2 million pairs of eyes.

All this led TNT boss Michael Wright to renew "Major Crimes" in September, calling it "an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of 'The Closer,' but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit."

In an interview with TVLine.com, McDonnell described the renewal as a "tremendous relief" for her and the 250-plus people who work on the show. She also said that the way the first season ended frees them up to expand the plot even further in the new one.

"It allows us to complete an arc so that when we begin Season 2, there is the opportunity to get into some very deep, deep crimes."

TNT hasn't offered anything more precise than "summer" for the show's return. The first season premiered in August, however that seems to have been done to allow it to coincide with "The Closer's" finale. It seems more likely that the second season will get moved up to June or July, to premiere along with most of the network's other summer shows.


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