Major Crimes premiered on August 13, 2012 and ran for six seasons on TNT. The series, created by James Duff, was a spinoff of the immensely popular The Closer, which starred Kyra Sedgwick.
During its six season run, Major Crimes cultivated a loyal fanbase who were outraged when the series was canceled. In Munn’s upcoming book, he will look at the genesis of the series, some of the behind the scenes drama with the network and the decisions that were made that ultimately led to the show’s demise.
You can read the full press release below:
September 24, 2023 – A new non-fiction book detailing the behind-the scenes story of the creation of TNT’s drama series Major Crimes is to be published in late 2024. The book begins with Kyra Sedgwick’s decision not to do an eighth season of The Closer and ends with the series premiere of Major Crimes.
Written by entertainment journalist Patrick Munn, it is the product of more than one hundred hours of interviews with those who were there. Interviewees range from The Closer and Major Crimes showrunner James Duff, to numerous core cast members, and former TNT executives.
In addition to exploring the untold story of the creation of Major Crimes – such as contract disputes with The Closer cast, and the ‘eureka’ moment that brought it all together – the book also explores why TNT wanted to pursue the spin-off, by examining how The Closer was the successful culmination of a decade long effort to get into original scripted series.
To that end, the book will also examine those series the network pursued as part of that effort in the last 1990s and early 2000s: The New Adventures Of Robin Hood, Babylon 5, Bull, Breaking News, and Witchblade. And for the first time, numerous former TNT executives go on the record about what happened behind-the-scenes on the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade.
More details, including the title, release date, and pricing, will be announced closer to the date of publication.
About The Author
Patrick Munn has worked as an entertainment journalist for more than a decade. His reporting has been quoted/cited by Broadcast Magazine, Deadline Hollywood, CNN, BBC, Digital Spy, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway’s podcast The West Wing Weekly & more.
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