‘Major Crimes’ season 3 spoilers: Introducing the Special Operations Bureau

You may already know that “Major Crimes” is a spin-off of “The Closer,” but is it possible that this new show could lead to another spin-off? We would certainly understand the interest from TNT given that this franchise has paid off well over the years; but at the same time, this is a network that has branched out in recent years beyond just the typical crime show, and they may very well have an interest in continuing to do that moving forward.

So when the network plans to introduce a new portion of the L.A.P.D. in an upcoming third-season episode featuring the return of Jon Tenney (who has been busy on “Scandal” as of late), it’s understandable that you may want to assume that it leads to a spin-off. However, we’ve heard now that it was not intended to be a spin-off, but it may be something that is considered if it is ever brought up.

Speaking to TV Guide about this episode, show creator James Duff had the following to say:

“Episode 7 involves another section of the L.A.P.D. called the Special Operations Bureau … The S.O.B., as its called inside the department, is in charge of the largest municipal air force in the world, the dive team, the SWAT team, the bomb team, criminal intelligence, gang intelligence, K9. … We’re rolling out S.O. B. [for] a huge, disturbing, frustrating manhunt involving Major Crimes and S.O.B. in tactical support.

“… It’s an episode of Major Crimes, slightly super-sized because it’s in the middle of our season when usually do very well. I guess the episode could serve as proof of concept for a show about S.O.B., but it’s not what I would call a spin-off or a pilot. If TNT wants to order a series based on it, I won’t tell them no. But I will tell you with absolute frankness that I have no deal to do a series called S.O.B. at this particular moment.”

If you are eagerly awaiting the new “Major Crimes” season, the great news is that the wait is almost over. The show premieres a week from Monday on TNT, and promises many great cases ahead.

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