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TNT renews 'Major Crimes'
With its position as cable's most watched new series of the year, "Major Crimes" received an entirely unsurprising renewal from TNT this week.
TNT has ordered 15 additional episodes of the spinoff from "The Closer," which will complete its first season in October. The second season will premiere in summer 2013.
To date, "Major Crimes" is averaging nearly 7 million viewers, though that includes only 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demo. Still, the drama ranks behind only "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" among TNT dramas in viewership.
"With 'Major Crimes,' James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of 'The Closer,' but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit," blurbs Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM. "Week after week, 'Major Crimes' has drawn millions of fans with its combination of sharp writing and engaging characters brought to life by what can only be described as one of the best acting ensembles on television. We look forward to another season of this remarkable new drama."