Major Crimes interview: Jon Tenney teases SOB season 6 story and more

Jon Tenney

In today’s edition of Major Crimes Monday we’re back with yet another exclusive interview from the 100th episode party earlier this month! This time around it’s with a man who should be very familiar to many of you out there in Jon Tenney. He was a huge part of The Closer as Fritz Howard, and then went on to appear as the character in more than two dozen episodes of Major CrimesHe was at one point tied to a potential spin-off about the Special Operations Bureau. Without Fritz the franchise wouldn’t quite be the same, and we were happy to get a few minutes with him to discuss the show and its legacy.

At the end of this interview, you can also get an opportunity to read more of what Tenney has coming up next.

CarterMatt – How are you feeling at this point? It’s possible that this is the end of the show, but you’ve gotten to do so much with it over the years.

Jon Tenney – I love this group of people. I love this family. I feel like I owe [showrunner] James [Duff] so much. He’s always written to my strengths and allows his characters to evolve over time, which doesn’t always happen. I just feel very fortunate and very grateful, to be honest.

So what is the role of the SOB going to be in the upcoming thirteen episodes?

We’re in the middle of filming. I don’t want to give away too much, but there will be events that are long in the making and they’re finally going to come to a head. It’s going to require everything that the SOB can possibly bring to a case — helicopters, SWAT teams, everything. It’s going to be massive. It’s been long-gestating — I’ll say that much.

What do you think fans of these shows are going to remember Fritz the most for? What do you think his legacy is?

That he and Brenda were husband and wife — I think that’s ultimately what he’s going to be remembered for. I spent so many years just really telling the personal side of her character and then it shifted. That’s always been sort of the heartbeat of the character, even when he left the FBI and started working for the SOB. I think always at the root of it is the relationship with Brenda Leigh Johnson.

So with this winding down what are you looking to do next?

I’m actually about to do a role in Matt Weiner’s new show The Romanoffs with one of my closest, dearest friends in John Slattery. We’re going to be doing that and I have a film coming out in the spring that Sony Pictures Classics is going to be releasing called The Seagull. 

I’ve got a couple more projects in development, so I’m keeping busy!

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