Does TNT’s decision to extend the fourth season of Major Crimes instead of renewing it for Season 5 suggest the cabler is set to end the procedural, as feared by some fans?
Not at all, according to showrunner James Duff, who, speaking to TVWise, says the move to extend Season 4 was about filling the cabler’s content gaps, and that he’s “confident” about receiving a fifth season renewal in the weeks ahead:
No, this is not TNT winding the show down at all. It is TNT not having any content to run between the end of Rizzoli & Isles winter season and basketball and needing something that they knew could get delivered right away. It was something they asked for while we were still very much in production and before we had run out of time to figure out what we wanted to do with these stories.”
On Season 5:
“I feel confident about season five. It’s a matter of one division of Time Warner negotiating with another division of Time Warner. If we had a deal in place, like Rizzoli & Isles already had a deal in place, we would be picked up. It is a purely business situation. It’s business affairs at the network, dealing with business affairs at the studio and the best thing we can do at Major Crimes is stand completely out of the way while they figure it out”.