When viewers first met Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), she was an antogonist, not the leading lady. Tasked with investigating officers and even auditing the Major Crimesdivision on “The Closer,” the Warner Bros. crime drama for TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick, the intense law enforcement professional spent the better part of four years in that role.

But something interesting happened in 2011 when Warner Bros. struck a deal with TNT to produce a spinoff entitled “Major Crimes,” with McDonnell starring as the new head of the division.

When the show premiered a year later, in August 2012, suddenly audiences got to see things from Sharon’s point of view, and they embraced the character for six seasons and now 100 episodes.

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For McDonnell, getting to play a character whose sense of morality and ethics became so “alive” for her was key.

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