Q: When does the new season of "Major Crimes" start? I have not been able to find any information about the regular season.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

This is a little awkward. There's a simple reason you can't find any information about the next season of "Major Crimes": there won't be one.

The TNT procedural series -- which started as a spinoff of the network's popular series "The Closer" but became a long-running, established hit in its own right -- ended earlier this year after six seasons on the network.

It went out with a bang, too. I won't give it away here, but there was a pretty shocking twist toward the end of the show's final season that would have made it pretty hard to continue.

But there was never any talk of continuing. TNT announced before the sixth season began that it would be the last. The writers, given this advance notice, made the most of the freedom that comes from knowing this was the end. Not only did it allow them to write a proper ending to the show's storylines and characters, but it gave them the freedom to write big, irreversible events like that thing I'm not talking about -- in short, to write whatever they wanted, without having to deal with plot consequences.

"We wanted to give viewers a chance to mourn with us as we fade to black -- a chance to grieve the show and to accept that the show is over, that the show has ceased," series creator James Duff told Entertainment Weekly.

In an interview with Variety magazine, series star Mary McDonnell praised Duff for the boldness of the final season's writing. "For himself and for the fans, he wanted to have some control over how the show ended and what kind of story he brought to his final season."


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