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TNT Orders More Episodes for Fourth Season of Major Crimes!
Filed Under: Articles, Major Crimes • Posted on August 24th, 2015 by Sophie • No Comments »

TNT is expanding the fourth season of Major Crimes. The network has handed out a five episode back order to the Mary McDonnell fronted procedural, bringing the total number of episodes ordered for the show’s fourth season to twenty-three.

This is the largest episode order that Major Crimes has ever received and is on-par with the typical orders given to a series on one of the big five networks. The series has long been a top performer for TNT, with the show’s fourth season pulling in north of ten million viewers, close to the numbers for the network’s flagship drama Rizzoli & Isles.

The five episode pick up is also noteworthy as its comes as questions have been lingering about the show’s future, especially as TNT has typically renewed the series by this stage in previous years. That said, given the lucrative international sales and the show’s strong ratings, Major Crimes is widely expected to be renewed for a fifth season before too long.



Oscar Nominees Mary McDonnell & David Strathairn Will Lead THE CHERRY ORCHARD at People’s Light
Filed Under: Articles, Mary, Projects • Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Sophie • No Comments »

People’s Light continues its 40th Anniversary Season with The Cherry Orchard. Academy Award nominees Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn join People’s Light company artists in Emily Mann’s acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov’s masterwork directed by Abigail Adams. People’s Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets, call 610.644.3500 or visit Peopleslight.org.

Playwright Anton Chekhov, one of Russia’s most important literary figures, is best known for his short stories and plays, including The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, and Three Sisters. The Cherry Orchard is the most performed Russian play in the world and, written in 1904, it was Chekhov’s last play. It is the story of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya (Mary McDonnell) and her brother Gayev (David Strathairn) who return home to their ancestral estate just as it’s about to be auctioned to pay a delinquent mortgage. Lopakhin (Pete Pryor), an emancipated serf-turned-merchant, tries to convince Ranevskaya to cut down her family’s beloved cherry orchard and build rental villas, but she will not surrender the symbols of her past, be they beautiful or haunting. Instead, she throws a party for her family and friends and awaits a miracle.

Director Abigail Adams is pleased to bring this play to People’s Light as part of the 40th anniversary season. Adams says “This is the kind of writing that interests me most. The mix of detail on the surface and a powerful feeling underneath. Chekhov’s characters rarely speak what needs to be spoken or hear what needs to be heard. It asks the questions about what is home? How do we accept loss? How do we let go? What ultimately sets us free”?

Former King of Prussia resident Mary McDonnell returns to her Pennsylvania roots for her debut at People’s Light. Widely known from film and television including her Oscar nominated performance in Dancing with Wolves and starring in Major Crimes and Battlestar Galactica, this is McDonnell’s first appearance on stage in eighteen years. Mary is thrilled by the opportunity to perform in a play adapted by her longtime friend, Emily Mann, alongside her daughter, Olivia Mell (Anya), and frequent collaborator, David Strathairn. On screen McDonnell and Strathairn previously co-starred in Passion Fish and Sneakers. On stage they performed together in Emily Mann’s production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Hartford Stage. David Strathairn last performed at People’s Light in 2009 in Nathan the Wise.

The production also reunites McDonnell with People’s Light Producing Director Zak Berkman who has known McDonnell for three decades. “On my first day working at People’s Light in 2011, Abbey and I talked about how to make this project happen.” Berkman recalls. “It is a once in a lifetime occasion to have our remarkable resident company with David and Mary, all these extraordinary artists with such rich histories, exploring together this play that dances such an exhilarating dance with the past”. People’s Light resident company members involved in the production include Peter De Laurier, Andrew Kane, Mark Lazar, Stephen Novelli, Pete Pryor, and Mary Elizabeth Scallen. They are joined by Sanjit De Silva, Claire Inie-Richards, Teri Lamm, and Luigi Sottile. Melissa Dunphy rounds out the ensemble performing live music in her debut as sound designer and composer.

The creative team reunites Tony award winner Tony Straiges (Set Design), Barrymore winners Marla Jurglanis (Costume Design) and Samantha Bellomo (Choreographer/Fight Director), and Drama Desk winner Dennis Parichy (Lighting Design). Lee Devin and Gina Pisasale are the dramaturgs for the production.



Antagonist/Protagonist – Both Sides Now: A Conversation with Major Crimes’ Mary McDonnell
Filed Under: Articles, Interview • Posted on September 1st, 2014 by Sophie • No Comments »

Actress Mary McDonnell has once again returned to Dragon Con after a few years away. While she may always be Battlestar Galactica’s President Laura Roslin to many fans, I’m really enjoying her work on TNT’s Major Crimes where she plays Captain Sharon Raydor. McDonnell always brings a quiet power to the roles she plays, often embodying women who are commanding and unquestionably in charge without having to raise her voice above the seemingly tranquil tone that’s become her hallmark.

In addition to her two panels, McDonnell is also signing autographs on the Walk of Fame. She’s donating all of the money she collects to Sinte Gleska University, and that was the first thing she wanted to talk about when we sat down for this chat. Read the rest of this entry »



Mary McDonnell: At 60, Stardom Strikes. Interview with “Life Reimagined”
Filed Under: Articles, Interview • Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Sophie • No Comments »

“There’s babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy,” fumes Goldie Hawn’s character in The First Wives Club, uttering the much-quoted line lamenting the three stages for actresses. Mary McDonnell says that line speaks the truth.

In the 1990s, the flame-haired beauty played babe roles in Dances with Wolves where she snuggled with Kevin Costner and Independence Day where she was the brave First Lady. A few birthdays later she wondered: Is my career over?

“I’m not 25. I’m not even 40,” says the soft-spoken actress who never dreamed that at 60, she would become the star of Major Crimes on TNT, one of the biggest hit dramas on TV. “I was at a certain age where I wondered if Hollywood would ever let me work again.”

Read more here!



Major Crimes renewed for Season 3!
Filed Under: Articles, Major Crimes • Posted on August 15th, 2013 by Sophie • No Comments »

Great news for Mary fans! Major Crimes has been renewed for Season 3! The news came out today. Here is what TNT has said.

TNT has renewed three of its hit summer series, including the top-ranked Rizzoli & Isles and the Top 10 dramas Major Crimes and Perception. The renewals join the previously announced fourth-season order of TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies, one of the summer’s most popular dramas with key demos. TNT’s Major Crimes will return for a third season. The hit crime-drama, which currently ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 5 series, is drawing more than 6.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. The show is also one of basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas among adults 25-54 (2.1 million). Currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), Major Crimes is set to wrap up its summer run Aug. 19. It will return in November for the second half of the season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season three, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.

The Summer season finale airs next Monday August 19th before a hiatus until the rest of Season 2 airs in November.



UK air date for Major Crimes Season 2 announced!
Filed Under: Articles, Major Crimes • Posted on July 8th, 2013 by Sophie • No Comments »


Finally! Universal have released the air date for Major Crimes Season 2 over here in the UK!

The 19 episode second season of TNT’s drama series Major Crimes will receive its UK premiere on Universal Channel on Monday August 5th at 9pm, it has been announced.

Read here for more details.





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