Yesterday, TNT announced some very surprising news when it comes to their scheduling: “Major Crimes” is coming back in February, and it is going to be doing so Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Let’s start off by reiterating this: We’re thrilled to have the show coming back. It is a personal favorite among its genre, we appreciate the characters, and we do think that it takes risks beyond many in the “crime procedural” genre that are out there.
Now that we’ve said, at the same exact time we also have some frustrations with the network, who was once very faithful to this show, over its recent decision. When you are programming your schedule, competition almost always has to be a part of the criteria that you’re looking at, and we understand that for “Major Crimes” in particular it may have been hard to find it a good home. After all, Mondays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern have “Scorpion,” and Tuesday nights have “Bull,” “This Is Us,” “Chicago Fire,” and “NCIS: New Orleans” airing at various timeslots. Many of these shows appeal to the same audience as this one does.
Ultimately, though, we still think putting the show at this particular time is one of the worst moves that TNT could have made, starting out with just the fact that it’s being put up against “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order: SVU,” two shows with very similar followings. From here, you’ve also got the #2 comedy on TV in “Modern Family” up against it, and then “Star” (a little bit of an unknown) before “Empire” returns. While we don’t think “Empire” has the same audience as “Major Crimes,” that is still the icing atop a big-ol’ cake of competition.
If we were the network, the thing that we would go ahead and do right now is renew the show for a sixth season, and do our part to keep some fans at ease. Even if you just make it a short order of ten or so episodes, that’s enough to put the worries at bay; if it doesn’t perform well in this timeslot, you can claim that it’s the final season coming up. If it holds its own, you can extend the ten episodes. Either way, give us more “Major Crimes,” and whenever you do end it, announce the final episodes in advance.
The one thing that we feel extremely confident about is that this is a show, and a franchise that began back with “The Closer,” that deserves a proper end — no matter how we get there.
If you want more news on the return of “Major Crimes,” be sure to head over to the link here. (Photo: TNT.)