15 July 2013 10:31 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

**Warning, this post contains moderate spoilers for tonight’s episode of Major Crimes.**

Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck on TNT’s Major Crimes

Procedural crime dramas aren’t typically the venue for three dimensional gay characters and nuanced coming out stories. The popular TV genre tends to focus more on the case of the week than character, but this season TNT’s Major Crimes is finding a healthy balance between the two.

The spin-off of The Closer is currently in its second season with high ratings and a weekly plethora of whodunit criminal cases dissected (and solved) by Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and her team, comprised primarily of characters carried over from The Closer like Detectives Provenza (G. W. Bailey) and Flynn (Tony Denison).

And then there’s Rusty.

Initially brought in for one episode at the end of The Closer, the troubled teen (played by Graham Patrick Martin »

- Jim Halterman

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