A 'Major' reinvention

I was skeptical that "Major Crimes," the spinoff of "The Closer" that features much of the same cast as its predecessor, would feel like anything more than a retread of the original. So far, though, it's doing a pretty good job. Mary McDonnell's character has a much different vibe than Kyra Sedgwick's, which helps a lot, but creator James Duff has also pulled off the nice trick of keeping many of the same characters but altering the tone a little and sharing stories among a strong ensemble. --Rick Porter, Zap2it
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