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'Cheaters Never Prosper'

James Duff | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

In the next-to-last episode of Major Crimes, our division encounters various criminals gaming the system, and though nearly everyone gets exposed in the end, it's unclear whether cheaters utterly fail to prosper.

‘Dismissed with Prejudice’

James Duff | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Every now and then we put together a show that stands out from the rest of our work and achieves one-of-a-kind status. That would describe this week's offering, "Dismissed with Prejudice."

'The Shame Game'

James Duff | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

It is hard to begin these blogs with an apology, but I have missed two of the ten I intended to write, and (though I hate excuses) perhaps I should offer some explanation.

'Citizen's Arrest'

James Duff | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

The attempt to impose fairness, no matter how well intentioned, usually fails. That is part of why the justice system endlessly fascinates.

The Ecstasy and the Agony

James Duff | Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

It costs a lot more money to execute a murderer in California than it does to lock them up for life.

‘Reloaded’

James Duff | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

No sooner are we gone than we are back. Major Crimes kicks off its series premiere immediately after the finale of The Closer.

‘The Last Word’

James Duff | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

It feels like it all went by very fast. One moment, Michael Robin, Greer Shephard and I were sitting at a long conference table at TNT in Burbank, "pitching" an idea to Michael Wright and Lillah McCarthy for a new series; the next, I am writing a few stray thoughts about its finale.

‘Armed Response’

James Duff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

I must begin with a disclaimer. Despite some superficial similarities, the next-to-last episode of The Closer has absolutely nothing to do with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

'Last Rites'

James Duff | Posted 09.29.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Now we are near the end, and the payment for daring to love grows higher.

‘Drug Fiend'

James Duff | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Love might be the synthesis of all our greatest human qualities: fidelity, devotion, loyalty, hope, faith, charity, but, above all, trust. Without trust, what's left?

'Hostile Witness'

James Duff | Posted 09.05.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

At its core, The Closer has always been about the battle between idealism and pragmatism represented in our daily lives by the tug between career and family, between our expectations and our realities.