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24 January 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Taken Off Aussie GEM Again

Rizzoli & Isles have been taken off-duty once again in Australia. This is getting tiresome.

Throng.com.au is reporting

Rizzoli & Isles - which returned to GEM last week on Tuesday (Jan 18) has been dumped from GEM's schedule for the second time. Instead, The Closer will air at 10.30pm Tuesdays, starting from the pilot this Tue Jan 25. No idea what will happen to Rizzoli & Isles, or even if it will get a third chance.

I suggest Aussies had better wait for the DVD to be released so they could enjoy this show because it doesn't look like Channel 9 will give this show the respect it deserves.



11 January 2011

RIZZOLI & ISLES: Sasha Alexander Teases Season 5

ImageRIZZOLI & ISLES‘ fifth season has only started, and already there are massive shifts in store for the characters: on the lighter side, Jane is newly pregnant and struggling to keep her secret. (As far as Jane knows, only Maura knows the truth, but Maura knows Angela has figured it out as well.) And, sadly, the team also recently learned that Detective Frost was in a fatal car accident. (Which was the show’s way of dealing with last year’s tragic real-life events.)

“This season is definitely tonally – it’s the same, but it’s shifting,” RIZZOLI & ISLES star Sasha Alexander ( acknowledged on the show’s set earlier this month.

Among the shifts? Maura’s getting a new man in her life! Alexander teased a bit of what’s in store with that relationship, the cases Maura will be helping with, and more…

We saw a bit of the fallout of the Maura/Frankie kiss in the season premiere, but it was basically dismissed. Will the show touch back on that thread any time soon?
Sasha Alexander: I don’t know if I’d say it’s a fallout, as much as the morning after regrets of some sort. Or not regret, but confusion.

I really do feel that there’s something between Maura and Frankie. Whether it will ever be explored, or whether they will allow themselves to go there – certainly not this season. But I don’t put it off as never happening.

I don’t know why, I feel like his character is really changing and growing: much more of a man and taking control of things.

I think for Maura, she does get a possible love interest/boyfriend, who doesn’t seem to be a crazy person/killer. I think Maura has been burned so many times it’s hard to trust her instincts on who is a good person. Frankie has that. Frankie is a good person, he’s a good man. And she hasn’t seen a lot of that…I think there’s something about that. I think when people fall in love with their brother or sister’s best friend, it’s because they know them. There’s a comfort in that. So, I definitely do feel there’s that element to that.

But this season, Maura meets someone else she likes, and I think she handles it in a very socially awkward way. I think anyone who is a fan of her and when the way she becomes neurotic, it’s pretty funny.

If she does get in a relationship that is longer than a few episodes, how do you think she would actually be?
SA: It’s so funny you ask that, because I feel like this is show is these independent working women who are not married. They don’t have kids [yet]. And that’s OK. It doesn’t mean they’re not looking, and it doesn’t mean they’re not doing what many women do, which is say, “I’m hoping, but it’s not happening.” Which is very realistic. I look it always as a case by case [situation]. And in this case, this man appears to be a very smart, talented person who really has a sense of himself — he’s a brilliant man. And I think that really throws her. She’s so in control of her own universe, that it was the first time I was thinking, “Wow, what would she be like if she did go out with him and this guy became a boyfriend. Would she be cool?” Because in the beginning, she’s rather neurotic. She’s really anxiety-ridden, and she’s overthinking it. And Jane is having to say, “Calm down, it’s fine.” It would be curious to see what she would be like.

I hope she wouldn’t be a complete mess. That would just be not fun to watch.

Might be fun to play temporarily, but long-term, I could imagine it would wear thin. Since Jane is pregnant, is that making Maura think more about motherhood for herself?
SA: The show’s not exploring it. I definitely feel that she would love that to happen, but I don’t know if she’s the kind of person to make that happen. So it hasn’t been there yet. But I do feel someone who has a maternal instinct and a desire to do it right, even if that’s over-thinking scientific facts about certain things, in her way, that’s the way of doing it right. But right now she’s just being supportive.

Is there a particular case that Maura gets really involved with this season?
SA: We have different cases for everyone so far. I wouldn’t say there’s one particular one. We did just do one, it was a cold case, and Maura and Korsak worked closely on it. And it’s a homicide that has been left for we don’t know how many years. It’s a really fascinating case. And the special effects of the mummy and all of that are really, really cool. I do think Maura gets really, really fascinated by that one. But not one that’s spilling into – we don’t really deal with Maura’s personal life for most of this season. We deal with her having a boyfriend, but we’re focused more on the cop stuff and that world. And Maura’s part of it.

After all these seasons, are you enjoying things like the realistic special effects of the corpses? Or is it still a bit icky?
SA: Both! When it’s so realistic, you’re like, “This is absolutely disgusting.”

We had a man and part of his face was ripped off. And the way it was ripped off was very gruesome. It’s just looking at this actor who spent three hours in makeup and it looks so real, and I’m so close to it, and it’s frightening. But then you have one like the mummy, where you’re like, “Oh my God! That is so cool! Look at that!” It’s really interesting how they do it. Makeup people are so talented – I don’t even know how they envision this stuff. So I have both [feelings].

And then I have days, like where Maura makes a maggot milkshake – she has to test these maggots to see what they were poisoned with, so she has to get a ton of them to put them in this milkshake. And she scoops into it, and Korsak is disgusted. And then she has a scene where she has to take a kidney and she has to understand something about the kidney, and she puts it into water, and she’s so into it; super into this science experiment and smiling with joy, like at a carnival. And Jane’s like, “What’s going on?” And Maura’s like, “I have to experience this by myself, because you do not care about this thing which is scientific experimentation.” It’s really funny. Maura definitely has some very classic episode scenes that really made me laugh. And I have to really put that aside when I’m going into play that, because I have to be so earnest and serious as her.




11 January 2011

Sasha to Present at Creative Arts Emmys

ImageThe TV Academy has selected its final group of presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys.

Drawing on talent from television’s top comedies and dramas, the list includes Louie’s Pamela Adlon, Rizzoli & Isles’ Sasha Alexander, UnReal’s Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, Comedy Bang Bang’s Scott Aukerman, House of Cards’ Reg E. Cathey, Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner, Project Runway’s Heidi Klum, The Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre,The Brink’s Aasif Mandvi, Scorpion’s Katharine McPhee, The Last Man on Earth’s Kristen Schaal, Silicon Valley’s Martin Starr and Parenthood’s Mae Whitman.

They join previously announced presenters Masters of Sex’s Beau Bridges, The Comedians’ Mel Brooks, So You Think You Can Dance’s Cat Deeley, Vampire Diaries’s Nina Dobrev, Children’s Hospital’s Rob Corddry and Paul Scheer, American Odyssey’s Peter Facinelli, Robot Chicken’s Seth Green, Mom’s Allison Janney, @midnight’s Chris Hardwick, Dr. Ken’s Ken Jeong, The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez, Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Silver Scott, StarTalk’s Neil deGrasse Tyson, Transparent’s Bradley Whitford and Modern Family’s Fred Willard.

The Academy also announced that A+E Networks will receive its 2015 Governors Award, an honor given to an individual, company, organization or project during the Creative Arts ceremony for its outstanding achievement in the TV industry. The cabler was chosen for being an active participant in the communities it entertains, undertaking significant pro-social initiatives that tie in with its programming and creating powerful partnerships with such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, March of Dimes, NAACP, Stand Up to Cancer and Team Rubicon. In addition, A&E’s Intervention Town Hall Meetings, Lifetime’s Broad Focus, History’s Thank a Veteran at Work and Take A Veteran to School have all joined with corporate and government leaders, including the White House, to help others through major public service initiatives. Such campaigns have advanced causes ranging from drug and alcohol addiction and recovery to women and girls’ empowerment to breast cancer research and advocacy and much more.

“For over 30 years, A+E Networks has had an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve. It is a great honor for our Corporate Outreach initiatives to be recognized by the Television Academy with its Governors Award,” said the network’s president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. “Television is a powerful medium and we are proud to be able to use our networks and platforms to shine a light on important social issues."

The Creative Arts Emmys, executive produced by Bob Bain, will take place at the Microsoft Theater on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m., and will be streamed in its entirety as part of the Backstage LIVE! programming on Emmys.com, Yahoo.com and FOX.com starting at 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 20 ahead of the Primetime Emmys. A two and a half-hour version of the show will air on FXX on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.





11 January 2011

Overnight Ratings for EP609 and Live+3 for EP607






Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 4333
Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) - 0.7





Live +3 for EP607:

For Cable TV Shows Jul 27-August 2,2015-

Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From Live + 3 Viewing :

18-49 L+SD (Rating): 0.8
18-49 Rating (L + 3): 966
Absolute Change L+ 3 vs. L+ SD Ratings: 0.5
% Increase: +60%

Largest Total Viewership Increase From Live + 3:

Viewers (000) (L+SD): 4403
Viewers (000) (L+ 3): 6353
Absolute Increase: 1950
% Increase: +44%

Source #2



11 January 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageLive +7 for EP601

Rizzoli & Isles grew the most in viewers, adding 2.631 million viewers to its Live + Same Day viewers.

For Cable TV Shows June 15-21,2015- Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From Live + 7 Viewing :

Net Adult 18-49 L+SD (Rating): 0.7
Adult 18-49 L+7 Rating):1.3
Post Airdate Increase (Absolute): 0.6
Post Airdate Increase (%): 86%

Largest Viewership Increase From Live + 7 :

Viewership L+SD (000): 4394
Viewership L+7 (000): 7025
Post Airdate Increase (Absolute): 2631
Post Airdate Increase (%): 60%

Source #1


Live +3 for EP602:

Rizzoli & Isles led total viewership increases, adding 2.366 million viewers to its Live + Same Day viewers.

For Cable TV Shows June 22-28,2015-

Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From Live + 3 Viewing :

18-49 L+SD (Rating): 0.6
18-49 Viewers (000) (L+SD): 799
18-49 Rating (L + 3): 1.2
18-49 Viewers (000) (L+ 3): 1505
Absolute Change L+ 3 vs. L+ SD Ratings: 0.6
% Change L+3 vs. L+ SD 18-49 Viewers: +88%

Largest Total Viewership Increase From Live + 3:

Viewers (000) (L+SD): 4005
Viewers (000) (L+ 3): 6371
Absolute Change L+ 3 vs. L+ SD Ratings: 2366
% Change L+3 vs. L+ SD Viewers: +59%

Source #2






11 January 2011

Angie attends Tiffany & Co. And Women In Film Celebrate Sue Kroll event








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11 January 2011

Gallery Update- Episodic Stills EP 506 "Knockout"




Added to Season 5 Episodic Gallery

506 Knockout








11 January 2011

Statement from TNT, Warner Bros. and Rizzoli & Isles Executive producer Janet Tamaro





Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.







11 January 2011

Statement from TNT, Warner Bros. and Rizzoli & Isles Executive producer Janet Tamaro





Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.





11 January 2011

Betty Confidential's Rizzoli & Isles interview

ImageFrom BettyConfidential:

For all of you Rizzoli & Isles fans out there, Angie Harmon (Detective Jane Rizzoli) and Sasha Alexander (Dr. Maura Isles) had inspirational words for women's body image. Alexander told me, "I'm very grateful to have a beautiful costar who's not going to show up next season with her lips injected, and I say that in a really honest way. I actually get mad when pictures are taken of us and the photographers feel the need to go in and airbrush it. I just feel like that’s not who we are and what we need to represent. You know, when I had my second baby, I had a hard time losing my weight and I did feel like I had to fit into Maura's dresses. And there was a point when I won't say who, but I had the pressure of someone who didn't want me to wear anything with my arms showing, and I was like, get over it! These are two women, they look different, their bodies are different. What we want to do with these characters is represent women in their entirety."

Harmon added, "It's like that line…with great power comes great responsibility and it's our responsibility to promote healthy body image, and being pretty on the inside, not just the outside. We’re all built differently."

You go, girls! It's refreshing to see celebrated actresses adamant about pushing the industry to celebrate our diverse bodies, not airbrush them into an "ideal." Join Rizzoli and Isles as they bring the bad guys to justice on June 25, 2013 at 9/8c.



11 January 2011


11 January 2011

Photos from EP307 "Crazy for You"





Added photos from EP307 "Crazy for You"

Click here for EP307 gallery



11 January 2011

Rizzoli and Isles Features ICT’s Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD

ImageAn episode of the TNT Series, "Rizzoli and Isles", features a dramatic depiction of ICT’s Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD Exposure Therapy system appearing as part of the storyline near the beginning of the episode entitled, "This Is How a Heart Breaks". This episode will air on Tuesday, June 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

This portrayal is not representative of actual treatment which typically takes place one on one with a therapist. In a real therapeutic setting, graduated exposure to traumatic memories in VR is carefully measured to a degree that is acceptable to the person undergoing treatment. It is hoped that this dramatic depiction of some of the elements of the process will both serve to inform the general public as to the existence of this form of PTSD treatment and perhaps encourage those who are suffering from PTSD to seek the care that could make a real difference in their lives.

It has been documented in the clinical literature that prolonged exposure therapy has the best evidence for its effectiveness in treating PTSD. The use of virtual reality for delivering this treatment aims to provide a safe, controlled and gradual way to help service members and veterans confront and process their difficult experiences using a technology that may appeal to a generation of service members who have grown up "digital".

Thanks to "Rizzoli and Isles" executive producer and series creator Janet Tamaro for her efforts to work with our team at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to present this treatment option embedded within a dramatic storyline as part of a very popular television drama.


For more information on the availability of this form of treatment, click on these links:




11 January 2011

NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence to Play Maura's Biological Mom

ImageMeet Maura's mom!

NYPD Blue alum Sharon Lawrence will guest-star on Rizzoli & Isles as Maura's biological mother, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.


Lawrence will appear in two episodes in Season 3 as Hope, who gave up Maura (Sasha Alexander) for adoption when she was 18 following her relationship with crime boss Paddy Doyle (John Doman). She's now a prominent doctor and an activist for women's health with secrets of her own.

Little was known about Hope until the Season 2 finale when, after Maura's adoptive mother Constance (Jacqueline Bisset) was severely injured, Paddy told his estranged daughter about her biological mother. In the final moments of the episode, Paddy revealed her name when he mumbled "Hope" after he was shot.

Executive producer Janet Tamaro previously told TVGuide.com that Maura will be compelled to look up Hope in the wake of her parents' scares. "Now [that we're going into Season 3] you can really get into background, and Maura's is so mysterious. She's going to learn a lot about herself," Tamaro said. "And let's just say if dad dies, dad is the only one who knew who her mother was. ... That's a pretty interesting character. Whoever was involved with Paddy Doyle and had a baby at 18 and is as intellectually gifted as Maura — who is she?"

Besides her Emmy-nominated work on NYPD Blue, Lawrence is known for her Emmy-nominated guest turn as Izzie's mother on Grey's Anatomy and for her recurring role as Julian's mother on One Tree Hill. She's also appeared on Desperate Housewives, Community and Drop Dead Diva.

Season 3 of Rizzoli & Isles will premiere in the summer on TNT.




11 January 2011

Sasha and Edoardo Welcome A New Baby Boy

ImageIt's a boy for Rizzoli & Isles star Sasha Alexander.

The actress and her husband, writer/director Edoardo Ponti, welcomed a son, Leonardo Fortunato Ponti, on Monday, Dec. 20 in Geneva, Switzerland, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Leonardo joins big sister Lucia Sofia, 4½. "We are so thrilled to welcome our little Leonardo. He's a wonderful gift and we are all in love - especially the grandmas!" the couple said in a statement.

Alexander, 37, and Ponti - who is the son of screen legend Sophia Loren - wed in Aug. 2007.

She currently stars opposite Angie Harmon on the new TNT series based upon Tess Gerritsen's popular novels.




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