the screencaps for episode 5×14 “Heart Failure” are now in the gallery. Check them out!
James Duff once again shared his thoughts about the upcoming episode of Major Crimes in his Facebook Blog entry.
Major Crimes will begin its winter run by dramatizing connections from its past to its future. In the aptly named “Heart Failure,” we introduce our team of detectives embroiled in an event that police officers have encountered all over the country over the last four or five years. We meet Flynn, once again adjusting to the drudgeries of desk duty. Sykes and Sanchez find a blue, Burberry jacket, once an emblem of a bright future, hanging in a closet associated with a much darker past. Buzz gets a disturbing letter, which he’s not sure how to answer.
Read the complete entry here > Major Crimes Facebook
February 15 – James Duff’s Blog Post
While finding connections is a common tool in murder investigations, the word also honored what we consider to be the exceptional relationship we have with our audience. Also, we wanted to “connect” the possible conclusion of Major Crimes to what had come before.
Read the complete blog entry here > Major Crimes Facebook
February 20 – New York Post – Camryn Manheim pushes buttons as steely chief on ‘Major Crimes’
Camryn Manheim (“The Practice,” “Extant”) joins the cast in the recurring role of LAPD Deputy Chief of Operations Winnie Davis, a by-the-book cop who locks horns with Major Crimes Division Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). It’s a table-turner for Raydor, the former internal affairs head who was originally an antagonist to Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) on “The Closer,” from which “Major Crimes” was spun off in 2012.
Check out the complete article here > New York Post
February 21 – Troy L. Foreman interviewed James Duff for The Pop Culture Principle
Pop Culture Principle – We see Buzz bring some closure to case of his father and uncle’s murder, but he’s somewhat struggling with the arrest of their killer. What questions do you feel are still unanswered and will he be able to get over the guilt of his arrest?
James Duff – I think he always pictured the guy that killed his father as a stock villain and that he would find this stock villain and he would obtain justice for his father. There are people who are left out of our calculations in the procedural world and we spend a lot of time talking about material witnesses. We don’t ever examine the survivor’s in the murderer’s life. So, this is an opportunity to look at how the murderer not only destroys the lives of others, but those closest to him as well and what remedy is there for that.
Check out the complete interview here > The Pop Culture Principle
February 22 – Parade -Show Runner James Duff Shares 12 Things You Need to Know for Season 5B of Major Crimes
Buzz gets a letter from Bill Jones’ family, is he’s going to help the family in some way? I don’t think he’s going to let the guy out of jail, but is there something he’s going to do?
No, no, he can’t let the guy out of jail, but Buzz was hoping when he found his father’s killer that he would be a stock villain and the guy is not a stock villain. He had a family and he loved his family, and it was a family very much like Buzz’s own family. Buzz’s work ended up removing a father from this innocent family, the family itself was innocent, and I think he feels an obligation to try and make things better for the family.
Read the complete interview here > Parade
February 22 – TV Line -Major Crimes Boss Previews Andy’s Fate and the Fight for Taylor’s Job
But… Sharon’s team gets the job done, no? Like clockwork, on a weekly basis? “They do, but there’s always this tension inside governmental agencies, between getting the job done and spending money,” Duff explains. “The justice system was not created to be a bargain, but there’s still a limited amount of dollars to spend.” Again, with a stat: “In California courts, 93 percent of homicide cases are settled out of court, because we just don’t have the money to try them all.”
You can find the complete article here > TV Line
February 22 – MCTV Exclusive with James Duff
MCTV:We were all thrilled and relieved by the recent renewal announcement for season 6, but it came pretty late in the game in terms of where you were in the production schedule of these episodes. Did the delay in renewal affect the storytelling and how you wrote this winter arc, not knowing if there would be another season after this?
JD: I was preparing to do the last eight episodes as if we were going to do no more, but we also planned it so the last episode could go a multitude of ways depending on what happened. The word came down [that the show was renewed] before we started shooting the last two episodes. So as things turned out, we were prepared for the renewal with an alternate script, and the renewal came, and so we had that script ready to shoot.
Read the complete interview here > MCTV.net
TNT published two exciting promo videos for the upcoming episodes of Major Crimes. Check them out!
The long hiatus is finally over. Here is a little information on what to expect to prepare you adequately for the coming weeks of Major Crimes Madness.
5×14 “Heart Failure” – Wednesday February 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Captain Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a young woman found in the LA River, their case is not only impeded by a secretive PI working for a tech industry millionaire, but also by Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who regards Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD.
Directed by Nzingha Stewart
Written by Ralph Gifford
Created by James Duff
5×15 “Cleared History” – Wednesday March 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Major Crimes discovers a young one-man-geek-squad in the middle of his Atwater living room with his throat cut, suspicions swirl around his roommate and some unwitting customers, all of whom he was blackmailing.
Directed by Jennifer Phang
Written by Adam Belanoff
Created by James Duff
5×16 “Quid Pro Quo” – Wednesday March 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
A murder case goes sideways at trial when defense attorney Linda Rothman (guest star Jeri Ryan) is able to destroy Det. Amy Sykes’s credibility on the stand. Helping Rothman as a defense investigator is Amy’s old nemesis, Mark Hickman (guest star Jason Gedrick). Ron Marasco guest-stars as Judge Grove.
Directed by Sylvain White
Written by Michael Zara
Created by James Duff
For the other episodes we only know the titles so far and, assuming they will be broadcast without breaks, the air dates.
5×17 – “Dead Drop” – Wednesday March 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×18 – “Bad Blood” – Wednesday March 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×19 – “Intersection” – Wednesday March 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×20 – “Shockwave Part 1” – Wednesday April 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×21 – “Shockwave Part 2” – Wednesday April 12, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The second half of season 5 will start tomorrow. In anticipation of that, Frank Moran spoke to Phillip about his life before he became an actor, his experience on The Closer, and the upcoming episodes of Major Crimes.
Cheddar Life did a brief interview with Phillip, in which he talked about Major Crimes and his role as Buzz Watson, as well as his previous career as a flight attendant for Pan Am. Check out the video below.
Attention #BuzzFans! We have exciting news for you. We are proud to announce that Phillip Keene will be doing a Q&A for his fans!
To participate you only have to submit your questions in one of three ways.
1) In the comments of this post.
2) You can submit your questions to us on Twitter @getbuzzedpknet
3) You can comment on the post on our Facebook site
4) You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is plenty of time to submit your questions. You have until October 1, 2016 to get them to us. Your questions will sent to Phillip and we will post his responses here, and on our main site http://phillipkeene.net
We are so excited about this! So have fun, everyone, and we look forward to hearing from all of you!
TNT posted a deleted scene from last night’s episode. Check it out!
Here is the last installment of “The Long Shadow” in which the person who killed Buzz’s father and uncle is finally brought to justice. The question is if the result is actually what Buzz had hoped for.