Are you a fan of Major Crimes? If the cancelled TNT show was picked up by another channel, would you watch a seventh season?
As we reported earlier, TNT has cancelled the crime drama after six seasons. The series follows the further investigations of the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes division. Stars include Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, GW Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, and Jonathan Del Arco.
In a recent Facebook post, creator James Duff says he hopes Major Crimes will be picked up by either another network like CBS or a streaming service like Hulu. However, Warner Brothers TV Studio owns the former TNT series and it’s unlikely another distributor will acquire a show they don’t own outright:
Number 1 question (no competition!): 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.
Nevertheless, would you watch Major Crimes if it moved to another network? Tell us what you think.
Season six of Major Crimes premieres on TNT on October 31st at 9 p.m. ET/PT.