News Briefs: TNT Renews Major Crimes for Season 2

By Tim Surette

Sep 28, 2012


... TNT wants more Major Crimes and has renewed the new show for a second season midway through its debut season. The Closer spin-off stars Mary McDonnell as an LAPD detective in the Major Crimes department. Season 2 will run for 15 episodes and start next summer. [TNT via press release]

... ABC's new comedy The Neighbors came in with bad reviews (mine included), but haha critics! It got good ratings! The aliens-in-America comedy drew 9.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the adult demo, thanks largely to its Modern Family lead-in. The show will move to 8:30pm soon though, so expect those numbers to drop a lot in subsequent weeks. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd is adapting The Eleventh Commandment for NBC. The drama, based on the Jeffrey Archer book of the same name, follows an undercover CIA assassin who wants to retire and spend time with his family, but is set up for a murder he didn't commit. Oh, it's going to be one of THOSE shows. [Deadline Hollywood]

... House creator David Shore and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan have sold a drama project to Fox. The cop show focuses on two Boston cops who think they're the prefect partners, until one is fired and replaced by... A GIRL. [Deadline Hollywood]

... More book-to-TV adaptations: CBS is developing a medical drama based on the book Your Medical Mind, about a husband and wife team that are both doctors, but approach their jobs from two very different perspectives and practices. That difference of opinion leads them to re-examine their relationship. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kirstie Alley might end up on TV Land, where she belongs. She's signed on to star in the potential series Giant Baby, about a Broadway star who reunites with her 26-year-old son who was given up for adoption. But here's where the comedy kicks in: He's a nerd! Oh man. [TV Land via press release]


... Parenthood's Lauren Graham will guest-star on NBC's new comedy Go On as an old friend of Matthew Perry's character Ryan King. That's all I got, sorry! [EW]

... Olivia Munn will stop licking gaming gadgets for a moment to do some acting on Fox's New Girl. She'll play a new romantic interest for Nick, so high fives to you, Nick. Munn can also be seen on The Newsroom. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two bits here: First, John Larroquette is still alive. Second, he'll recur on NBC's midseason drama Infamous, the soap about a woman who goes undercover as a maid to the wealthy to figure out who killed her best friend. It's like Revenge, but with more actors who once appeared on Night Court. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond!) will do a three-episode arc on CBS's The Mentalist starring Simon Baker (I'm contractually obligated to mention that show that way). He'll play a super-rich playboy type who is under suspicion for murder! Memo to super-rich playboy types: Stop murdering people! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Good Wife's Alicia has a mom, and she's Stockard Channing. Channing, who starred in The West Wing, will appear in at least one episode of the CBS drama. [EW]

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  • Shreela Oct 01, 2012

    Major Crimes has its loyal viewers from The Closer, but needs a better long story than whether the boy will stay with Mary McDonald, IMO.

    I enjoyed The Neighbors as light viewing that actually made me laugh. I'll give Kirstie Alley a watch just because she's hiliarous. Undecided on Infamous, because it's like Revenge, but with comedy actors, uh? Love both Mentalist and Desmond, both as actors as well as eye candy, so yum both ways! The Good Wife with Stockard, sound intriguing. The Eleventh Commandment, Your Medical Mind, and the two Boston cops show sound boring so far.

  • hockeyrick Sep 29, 2012

    Munn is HOT, along with Maggie Q, Grace Park, and Harvey's secretary on Suits!!!!!!

  • JT_Kirk Sep 29, 2012

    Major Crimes, good job. I suspect it won't have as long and illustrious career as its predecessor, but will go 3 - 4 seasons, I enjoy watching it.

  • torque_smacky Sep 28, 2012

    Olivia goes with Nick? Nuh-uh. She's totally a Schmidt kind of girl.

  • Akyriel Sep 28, 2012

    I just watched The Neighbors tonight and honestly thought there was a potentially good comedy in there somewhere. Maybe it was the human family with Gertz that worked a bit for me, but all the rest involving the aliens was too much of a mess. They probably should have had one family of the aliens move in next door to the human family and weird stuff happens and so forth, but the whole concept should have been rethought and edited down.

  • stanking Sep 28, 2012

    Glad to see Major Crimes get renewed. The show is actually better than the last couple of seasons of The Closer, and is improving ep by ep.

  • GirishStewart Sep 28, 2012

    I enjoy Go On, but The Neighbors was unfunny. It'll be cancelled soon after its time slot changes.

    Desmond: I sent her to another life, brutha!!

  • Clurichaun Sep 28, 2012

    The Eleventh Commandment is a good book, not sure how it will play into a tv series though.

    Kirstie Alley, TV land...not sure what you speak of.

    Olivia Munn, wowzaa!

    and damn with all the updates, I'm going to have to start watching The Good Wife


  • bendylegsnick Sep 28, 2012

    Desmond bruthaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • darkitp Sep 28, 2012

    i had speculation about The Neighbors , and i waited to watch first episode , it was funny ..

    but i guess ' Critics Gonna Hate .. ' *eyeroll*

    and WTF Olivia Munn ... just pick one show and stick with it .. she is every where !

    well i love to see her everywhere .. but nakkid .. and seeing that | The Newsroom " is in HBO .. so that's bound to happen .. hmmmm

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