Mary McDonnell returns for a new batch of episodes of 'Major Crimes'

November 28, 2014 6:05 PM

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Andre Braugher was ready to bolt. After three seasons of playing icy loner Detective Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street," the actor was ready to move on - until writers decided his character would suffer a stroke that would force him to learn how to walk, and bark, all over again.

"It was necessary for me to stay a member of the show," Braugher told me on the drama's Baltimore set in 1996. "I need a compelling character. I need a challenge."

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