Mary McDonnell's 'Major' New Gig

Mary McDonnell's 'Major' New Gig
There are a handful of actors whose presence alone transforms a television show into a Can't Miss TV Event! Such was the case when Mary McDonnell joined The Closer in 2009 for a three-episode arc. The response to her character, Captain Sharon Raydor, was so strong (both behind the scenes and in the real world), that producers wisely extended her time on the show -- and then crafted a spin-off explicitly for Mary to carry.

But as the award-winning actress stressed to me this morning, a show is only as strong as its ensemble, and Mary counts her blessings to have once again landed among a myriad of heavenly co-stars on Major Crimes. When you signed on for The Closer, did you ever envision the character headlining her own show?

Mary McDonnell: No. Honestly, that's the truth. I was brought on to The Closer for three episodes as a great thing to do – Kyra [Sedgwick
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