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Harmon and Alexander

"Rizzoli & Isles" series premiere  by Suzanne
returns on TNT Sunday, July 12 at 10/9c

The first episode of this new show was very entertaining. It was like watching a really good TV movie. That is how all TV show premieres should be, but sadly that's not the case.  I was sorry to see it over and wanted to watch more.

It stars Angie Harmon (best known for Law & Order but many other shows as well) as Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander (who played Kate on NCIS) as medical examiner Maura Isles. The two women are best friends (something you don't see too often on TV, so that is a big plus). Jane comes from a tough working class family, and Maura is very genteel.

In the premiere episode, we learn that Jane was previously terrorized by a serial killer, who is now in jail. A new murder case follows that killer's M.O., even though he is still in jail. We get to learn all about the women and the other characters on the show as the story unfolds. It is a very exciting episode. I look forward to watching more episodes this summer.

I just watched the second episode, and it was also very good! Plus it had a great guest star, Brian Dennehy! I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of humor, too.

Followup: The season finale of the show is great. It brings back the big bad guy from the season opener and provides more background to all of the characters. It also brings back the good-looking FBI agent.  It's very exciting and great to watch. It airs August 30th!

More info:

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander Star in
TNT’s New Drama Series RIZZOLI & ISLES

New Series Set to Launch Monday, July 12, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

This summer, TNT’s slate of strong female characters will welcome two new members with the premiere of the new drama series RIZZOLI & ISLES, starring Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS). Based on characters created by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES launches Monday, July 12, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following the sixth-season premiere of TNT’s hit series THE CLOSER.

RIZZOLI & ISLES comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and her Hurdler Productions, Bill Haber and his Ostar Productions (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM’s upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood)) and Joel Fields (Ugly Betty). Michael M. Robin (TNT’s The Closer) is a consulting producer. The pilot was executive-produced by Haber, Robin and Tamaro, who also wrote the pilot script.

RIZZOLI & ISLES follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two remain strikingly different from one another in many ways. Jane, the only female detective in Boston’s homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn’t let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. And she is working on curbing her tendency to diagnose the people she meets – including her first dates. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure out the “who done it” as well as the “how done it” of Boston’s most complex cases.

Despite their many differences, Jane and Maura are best friends, with a quirky and supportive relationship. As Tamaro explains, “That Jane and Maura are so different and yet so effective as a team makes them unusual.… There’s something rare about their relationship that I see in the world but not enough on television: two smart, strong, competent women who instinctively drop the protective shield when they’re with each other.”

RIZZOLI & ISLES also stars Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) as Angela, Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother; Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) as Det. Barry Frost, Jane’s somewhat green partner; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; and Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek) as Jane’s brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective.

TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; Saving Grace, starring Holly Hunter; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Dark Blue, starring Dylan McDermott; the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and Numb3rs; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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