Mary McDonnell

By Cindy Elavsky
Q: I am so happy it’s summer, because that means all of my favorite TNT dramas are returning. I am particularly excited for “Major Crimes.” Can you give me any scoops on the upcoming season? — Gina R., via e-mail

A: Well, I spoke with series star Mary McDonnell, and she gave me some insight as to what viewers can expect when “Major Crimes” returns for its second season on Monday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. She’s especially excited about working with Tom Berenger, who plays her character’s estranged husband, Jackson.

“We’ve worked together before, so we knew that working together again would be awesome,” she said. “He’s been on the set for the past couple of weeks, and it’s been absolutely great! It is exciting because we learn more about Raydor’s past. As we learn about her and how she deals with this personal relationship in her life, we get a much more revealing picture of the woman. The more I find out about her past, the more I understand her present.”

Mary promises an exciting season, telling me: “We are about to finish shooting episode No. 5, so we have a good sense of at least the beginning of the season, and I can tell you we’re pretty excited. It’s fantastic. It’s new, and it’s interesting, and it’s complicated. I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say there’s a lot to be learned, and it’s been tremendous fun to shoot.”
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Q: I need to know if “Nashville” will be back for another season! — Eric P., St. Louis

A: Nashville has been renewed for a second season by ABC. In fact, starting this week, going network by network, I will list the fate of all 2012/13 network shows. So clip and save this column (and also visit www.celebrityextraonline.com for the complete list). We’ll start with ABC. The following shows have been canceled or have ended: “666 Park Avenue,” “Body of Proof,” “Apartment 23,” “Family Tools,” “Happy Endings,” “How to Live With Your Parents,” “Last Resort,” “Malibu Country,” “Private Practice,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour.” These next shows have been renewed: “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Scandal” and “Suburgatory.”
Check back next week to learn the fate of CBS’s shows.
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Q: I absolutely loved this season of “Southland.” I heard this was its final season. Is that true? — Don A., via e-mail

A: TNT recently announced that this season of the cop drama was, indeed, its last, opting not to renew the critically acclaimed series for a sixth season.
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READERS: I had written a few months ago that Fox was considering a “24” movie. Well, Fox recently announced that instead of a movie, it is producing a “24” 12-episode miniseries to begin airing this summer called “24: Live Another Day.” And, of course, Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role of Jack Bauer.

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