Major Crimes might be dead after six seasons on TNT, but could the cancelled procedural resurrect on a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or CBS All Access?
In a lengthy Facebook post, series creator James Duff opened up on the challenges of finding a new digital or cable home for the show:
Couldn’t Major Crimes continue on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or CBS All access? Or even another cable company? This answer has two parts.
Transferring Major Crimes to a streaming platform would probably be a net plus in subscriptions for the company that took the risk. I am sure a large part of our audience would follow. But the acquisition of Major Crimes would be purely a business decision.
There was a time, in the not too distant past, when executives would not have cared from whence a decent drama or comedy originated, as long as it drew a crowd on the day-of-air. Today, most programming chiefs ask themselves, “But does this a show reflect my brand?” or, “Will this drama/comedy make my company some place the ‘cool kids’ avoid?” Though I think this is a little like suggesting people will change grocery stores if the Kettle Potato Chips are too near the Pringles, there are people who take this notion quite seriously. It’s possible my grasp of the concept is muddied; I have never cared about being cool. Anyway! I don’t believe the audience was watching Major Crimes because it was on TNT; I believe they were watching TNT in order to see Major Crimes. I could be wrong.
Another impediment to going elsewhere: Major Crimes is the property of Warner Brothers Television Studio; most other distribution platforms are focused on not only airing new shows, but also owning them. This is a bit of inside baseball (and I promise not digress into a discussion about the Sherman Anti-Trust Act), but it is a challenging factor in deciding where else Major Crimes could live. Which leads me to my next question.
Number 2: When I previously cited financial decisions, did I mean that the show had grown too expensive?
No. The budget for our series actually dipped this year from where it should have been by more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars per episode. If I may be allowed to add one more general observation, success is almost always cheaper than failure. Developing new shows is difficult in this age of television saturation. Still. TNT must decide where its money is best invested, not I, and their strategy could be the right one.
Number 3: What did Mary McDonnell mean in her Instagram post when she wrote that the “handwriting was on the wall” for the end of the show.
We already knew that TNT wanted to cancel us, and had been told (twice before) that we were in our last season. That’s a big clue that your show could go away.
In short, it seems Major Crimes won’t find its way out of TNT’s graveyard anytime soon, if at all.
The sixth and final season of Major Crimes releases October 31, 2017 on TNT.
Did TNT cancel Major Crimes too early? Would you follow Major Crimes Season 7 to Amazon, Hulu, Netflix or another cable outlet? Should cancellation mean cancellation?
Stay tuned for potential updates on the unlikely resurrection of Major Crimes Season Seven…