TVLine has learned exclusively that the cable net is developing a planted offshoot of Major Crimes (itself a descendant of The Closer) that would focus on franchise vet Jon Tenney‘s FBI agent character.
Tenney originated the role of Special Agent Fritz Howard on The Closer, and has brought the character over to Crimes on several occasions (sans his onscreen wife, “The Closer’ herself, former MCD boss Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Kyra Sedgwick).
Tenney, as well as a handful of new characters — including Special Operations Bureau commander Ann McGinnis, described as a modern-day Annie Oakley — will be featured in the seventh episode of Major Crimes‘ upcoming third season (bowing June 9).
There’s also buzz that the potential spin-off could prominently feature another Major Crimes character — Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who debuted mid Season 2 as Lt. Chuck Cooper, a SIS (Special Investigation Section) supervisor who was brought in to help protect Raydor’s ward Rusty from a stalker.
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A TNT rep declined to comment.