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30 July 2011

Tweet Pix of the Day

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@nickiraegeous tweeted:

Check out the fake books in this scene...It's the dessert murder club series! ;) http://yfrog.com/hsmpujqj

 

 

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@haircolordiva tweeted:

Bill doing an interview on set at #RizzoliandIsles http://twitpic.com/5xv5jc

 



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@haircolordiva tweeted:

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@ChrisJacobs70 tweeted:

With my favorite Independent, Bill O'Reilly on the set of #Rizzoli&Isles http://say.ly/yuGxCU

 

 

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@ChrisJacobs70 tweeted:

With the extremely charming Sasha Alexander of #Rizzoli&Isles http://say.ly/jTcxD2

 

 

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@ChrisJacobs70 tweeted:

Dream come true: getting roughed up by @Angie_Harmon on the set of #Rizzoli&Isles. Thanks for a great interview, Ang... http://say.ly/IkWxDD


 

 

30 July 2011

McGill's profile going higher and higher

ImageYou may not know his name right off the bat.

However, considering the impressive number of movie roles San Antonio native Bruce McGill has racked up — 110, he said — there's little chance of you not recognizing his face.

Yes, the character actor and McArthur High grad has worked with some of the best: Ron Howard ("Cinderella Man"), Ridley Scott ("Matchstick Men"), Michael Mann ("Collateral") and John Landis ("Animal House"). Yet he still sounded as excited as a kid at Christmas when he talked about his newest big-screen boss.

"I'm doing a movie with Steven Spielberg," McGill told me when I caught up with him on the Paramount set of his current weekly TV series, "Rizzoli & Isles."

"I've never worked with him. It should be an experience."

The movie, which begins filming in Richmond, Va., in October, is "Lincoln." It's based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s "Team of Rivals," which dissects the life and times of the 16th U.S. president and stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role.

Another famous S.A. resident also has been cast: Tommy Lee Jones will portray flamboyant and powerful politician Thaddeus Stevens in the movie.

As for McGill, his own part sounds just as juicy. He'll play Lincoln's secretary of war, Edwin Stanton. "The guy I'm playing has a nasty ZZ Top beard. He kind of looks like a stern Quaker gone mad."

Character development

Meanwhile, he's really loving his TV job — playing Detective Vince Korsak, the crusty mentor and ex-partner of Jane Rizzoli (fellow Texan Angie Harmon) in hit TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles."

"It's the best balance of crime and character," he said, explaining that the series features dedicated Boston police officers "firing on all cylinders" as they solve some horrendous crime. "But here, they also get to have fun and laugh with each other."

He's especially thrilled that his character will be fleshed out a whole lot more this season.

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30 July 2011

Blue Bite Launches Interactive Campaign For TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles' Using NFC, WiFi and QR

ImageBlue Bite and partner Pearl Media have launched what's being called the first-ever NFC-enabled storefront in the U.S to promote TNT's top-rated drama series Rizzoli & Isles.

The promotion is a highly integrated "crime-solving" campaign in New York City that began on June 27th and ran for one month. The NFC technology is being provided by Blue Bite's mTAG solution and will allow those walking by on the street to place their phone near an identifying marker on the storefront that "immediately immerses the person's mobile phone into the experience." Content being delivered includes a "unique and exclusive" mobile game, an opt-in "tune-in reminder" for the show, a unique and custom wallpaper and a video trailer of the show.

In addition to NFC, the campaign incorporates WiFi, Bluetooth and QR Codes to ensure everyone had a chance to engage with the campaign — not just those with smartphones. Upon completion of the campaign, the brand was able to engage with just over 4,000 unique mobile handsets, making the promotion an all around success for not only the show, but NFC and other new-age mobile marketing concepts as well.

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30 July 2011

Bill O’Reilly Filming a Guest Spot on TNT's,'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageThe debt ceiling may be the big story on cable news today, but Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly has bigger things to worry about at the moment. O'Reilly is a suspect in a mysterious murder… on the set of the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles."

It was last Summer that we told you that O'Reilly paid a visit to the set of the TNT drama "Rizzoli & Isles," (he is friends with co-star Angie Harmon) and earlier this year, we noted that O'Reilly had been tapped to play himself in an upcoming episode. Today, word comes from two production sources and a source at Turner that O'Reilly is currently on the set to film his role as a murder suspect.

Is he guilty? You will have to wait until the new season starts to find out.

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29 July 2011

Live from TCA: At home with Maura Isles

ImageIn Season 2 of the crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles," viewers finally get to spend some time with forensic pathologist Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) at home. That's partially thanks to the divorce of Angela Rizzoli (Lorraine Bracco) — the brash mama of her unlikely best friend, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) — who has moved into the guest room. Alexander, Bracco and "Rizzoli & Isles" production designer Bruce Miller invited us over to Maura's place on the first day of the TCA press tour for a look at the character’s gorgeous Boston pad.

On the decor: "It's all very skeletal," Miller says of the furniture and artwork in both Maura's home and office. "The images I thought were really interesting were fluids, and the shells are the beauty part of dead things. She deals with skeletons and she brings the same thing to her house, but the beauty part."

On putting her fingerprint on Maura's home and office: "It was really just about style," says Alexander. "I thought this was someone who was well-traveled, who has a quirky and eclectic eye and who has picked things up along her journeys."

On Angela moving into Maura's space: "I live with Maura because she just happens to have a guest room and I’m getting a divorce," Bracco deadpans. "So it was a very nice offer."

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29 July 2011

Lorraine Bracco happy with latest TV job

ImageLorraine Bracco's having the time of her life. Until being cast on the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles," Bracco's been a very serious actor with credits like "The Sopranos" and "Goodfella." As Angela Rizzoli, mother to the character played by Angie Harmon, Bracco's getting a chance to be funny.

Humor is what makes the cable show different thank all of the other procedural dramas on TV. And, a lot of that humor has Bracco at the center. She's excited about the opportunity but nervous about the new acting challenge.

"I've been watching a lot of 'I Love Lucy'," Bracco says during an interview on the set of "Rizzoli & Isles."

The rule on the set is each scene with comedy should be played fast and funny. It's not to the level of a screwball comedy but feels like it at times.

Series star Sasha Alexander says Bracco doesn't really know how funny she is but they shot a scene together last week where Bracco was so funny, Alexander was on the floor laughing.

The reason Bracco's not aware of her comic skills is because she's not had to use them. She had only one clue.

"I'm funny at home," Bracco says with a laugh that shakes the walls of the set.

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29 July 2011

Gallery Update: "Don't Hate the Player" episode stills

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Added episode stills for "Don't Hate the Player" to gallery.

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28 July 2011

PRESS TOUR: Set visit to 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageFor this week's Tuned In Podcast, I decided to take listeners along with me to the set of the TNT drama "Rizzoli & Isles" on the first day of the Television Critics Association summer 2011 press tour.

I managed to capture some interviews with series stars Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and Lorraine Bracco while describing what I saw on the set.

Listen to the podcast at http://media.post-gazette.com/podcasts/20110727tunedin.mp3

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28 July 2011

Metro: On the set of 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageIn Season 2 of the offbeat crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles," viewers finally get to spend some time with forensic pathologist Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) at home. That's partially thanks to the divorce of Angela Rizzoli (Lorraine Bracco), the brash momma of her unlikely best friend, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), who has moved into the guest room.

Alexander, Bracco and "Rizzoli & Isles" production designer Bruce Miller invited us over to Maura's place on the first day of the Television Critics Association press tour for a look at the character's gorgeous Boston pad.

On going home with Maura this season:
"It's become a little like 'Cheers' over here because there are [so many] Rizzoli dinners at Maura's place," Alexander says. "We have a lot of family get-togethers here. It's a great space."

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28 July 2011

Which wine goes best with 'Rizzoli & Isles'?

ImageA few weeks ago, I had an uncomfortable phone interview with Angie Harmon in which she accused me of never watching her smash series, "Rizzoli & Isles," because I mispronounced the name of her character, Rizzoli. So I was a little skittish meeting her in person this week on the set of the TNT series.

No worries. The star couldn't have been nicer, cracking jokes about how she's able to get out of speeding tickets thanks to her roles as law-enforcement officials on "Law & Order" and her new drama.

"I'll raise an eyebrow and say, 'Do you own a television?'" she said.

Equally gracious was Lorraine Bracco, who plays Harmon's mother. From the set of Isles' kitchen, she offered oatmeal cookies she baked the night before.

However, I had my eye on the vast stock of wine bottles in a refrigerator in the kitchen. I hinted that it might not be a bad idea to crack one open, though it wasn't even noon yet.

"Oh, you ignore my cookies for the wine," the former "Sopranos" star shot back.

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28 July 2011

On set with "Rizzoli & Isles"

ImageWhile many of us gasped when Angie Harmon lovingly wrapped her arms around the waist of co-star Sasha Alexander at the end of Monday's episode of TNT's hit series Rizzoli & Isles, it may have only been a ruse to throw off a male admirer of Isles (played by Alexander) by saying that she is an "LLBFF" with Rizzoli (Harmon). But Alexander admitted to AfterEllen.com on the set of the TNT series yesterday that this wasn't the first time she's let someone believe she was involved with another woman.

"I have done it in college with my girlfriends," she said on the kick-off day of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles. "I would hold hands with her just so that guy in the corner doesn't approach. That's just what you do! I think it's human nature and it’s a modern world.”

One thing that is not a ruse is how much the cast and crew of Rizzoli & Isles are loving the attention they’re getting from their lesbian viewers. Harmon, for one, is not playing innocent to the lesbian subtext that pops up regularly on the crime drama.

Click here for full article at AfterEllen.com


 

 

27 July 2011

Angie Harmon reveals a star sighting

ImageIn the Paramount Studios soundstage where her TNT drama "Rizzoli & Isles" is filmed, costar Angie Harmon fielded questions Tuesday (July 26) from Television Critics Association members here for the Summer TV Tour.

This season, airing at 9 p.m. Mondays, her Det. Rizzoli isn't as cool and collected as she'd been in season one.

"This season, you start to see cracks in the armor," she said.

And as the critics exited for the next studio stop, life imitated commercial art as defined by a popular basic-cable drama.

"I saw Harrison Ford today driving a Prius," she said. "I totally dorked out. You could see him recognize me recognize him, and he just gunned it. It was great. I physically frightened Harrison Ford."

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27 July 2011

Photos from "Sailor Man" episode

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Be sure to check out the photo gallery on TNT Rizzoli & Isles site for new images from the third episode.

Click here for TNT R&I photo gallery


 

 

27 July 2011

Tweet Pix from TCA set visit day

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@marisaroffman tweeted:

On the set of #RizzoliandIsles! #tca http://twitpic.com/5w859h

 

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@TVGuideHanh tweeted:

On the set of Rizzoli & Isles. Haven't spotted any perps #TNT #TCA http://lockerz.com/s/123858538

 

 

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@marymcnamara tweeted:

Angie harmon at her desk on. the set #TNT. #rizolliandisles #tea http://twitpic.com/5w8rr0

 

 

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@marymcnamara tweeted:

Jane rizzoli's apartment #TNT TCA http://twitpic.com/5w83jr

 

 

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@robmoynihan tweeted:

The famous Jett Jackson! http://yfrog.com/h3omwugj

 

 

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@robmoynihan tweeted:

On the Rizzoli & Isles set. Not sure how much how much I trust this division http://yfrog.com/gyzt0tqj

 

 

@suetube tweeted out a video:
Fun on the rizzoli & isles set w/ Angie Harmon #tca
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@candacehavens sent out these pix:

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27 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' spoiler: Who might be about to become a parent?

ImageDidn't Maura (Sasha Alexander) look oh, so comfortable holding the baby she helped deliver just a few weeks ago? Her bond with the child was surely started over the fact that it was orphaned at birth and was about to go into the adoptive lifestyle, something which she has deep ties to and is always discussing at length (even when unprompted). But could there have been more to it? Is she ready to be a mom herself?

Okay, don't freak out! Alexander assured us a few weeks ago that Maura has a long way to go before she is ready to start a family of her own, and she's not going back on that statement now. But someone else in the show might become a parent this season. Any guesses?

**SPOILER ALERT**

There are now four generations of Bridges in Hollywood! During a set visit to TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles, Jordan Bridges spilled to LA TV Insider Examiner that his real life daughter is about to have an acting stint on the cop drama.

“An old girlfriend of Frankie’s who comes into town…you know, Jane and Angela don’t like her very much, and she comes with a little bundle of something that’s interesting-- something that I might have had a little part in,” Bridges smirked, trying to play coy.

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26 July 2011

An interview with "Rizzoli & Isles" creator Janet Tamaro - AfterEllen

ImageAn interview with "Rizzoli & Isles" creator Janet Tamaro

Rizzoli & Isles creator and executive producer Janet Tamaro had been thinking about creating a female buddy cop show for a while. But when her co-executive producer Bill Haber brought her the Rizzoli & Isles series by bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, she found her perfect vehicle. The former reporter, who has a masters in journalism from Columbia University, had covered crime and courts extensively while working for ABC News, Inside Edition and America’s Most Wanted before switching to screenwriting. She had previously written and produced on shows like CSI: NY, Bones and Lost.

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22 July 2011

An interview with "Rizzoli & Isles" creator Janet Tamaro on AfterEllen

ImageAn interview with "Rizzoli & Isles" creator Janet Tamaro

AE: Do you have gay friends and have you talked with them about the show and subtext?

JT: I do. I am insulted when they’re not fans. I have a really good friend who said, “No, I don’t really watch it.” I was like, “Really? You don’t, like, do drinking games?” She was like, “Just because I am gay doesn’t mean I like your show.” I was like, “Awww.”

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20 July 2011

Lori Has Gone Comic Conning and MaryD Steps In

Alrighty you may have noticed things a little different around here - Lori has taken a break (sort of) and has gone to the San Diego Comic Con (aka geek heaven, that lucky gal!). While she's out and about, I've stepped in to update you all on all things Rizzoli & Isles, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Lori is pretty good at keeping everyone updated so if I miss something...please let me know :)

Battle On!

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20 July 2011

More Behind the Scenes Photos from Rizzoli and Isles

ImageNanci Cascio (@haircolordiva) has posted some behind the scenes pics from the Rizzoli & Isles set

guess who on set #RizzoliandIsles prepping the stunt car http://yfrog.com/ki8zf2j

sort of a cool shot of a car being pulled out of a lake. #MyViewToday on set #RizzoliandIsles http://yfrog.com/kje9a2j

#SuperWoman #angie_harmon on set at Pine Lake #rizzoliandIsles http://yfrog.com/kfzpz1j

@angie_harmon on set modeling in front of a blowing fan with a Kevin as the male model via http://fro.gy/196p1


 

 

20 July 2011

Upcoming Lorraine Bracco Interview on Joy Behar Show 21 July 2011

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Lorraine Bracco is going to be on the Joy Behar Show on 21 July 2011.

About the show
As an acclaimed comedian, actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award winner and co-host of ABC's "The View," Joy Behar is considered one of today's most popular personalities. Joy's intimate, and often hilarious, interviews with celebrities, politicos, media figures and everyday people have made her show the premier venue for conversations viewers can't see anywhere else. Her rare blend of humor, intellect and curiosity about the world we live in gives her a unique perspective on the day's headlines - she says what's on her mind but is interested in a discussion that includes all sides of an issue. "The Joy Behar Show" highlights the watercooler issues that Americans are talking about every day, with topics ranging from pop culture to politics and everything in between.

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20 July 2011

Ratings for "Living Proof"

ImageLast night, TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles turned in another stunning performance. The Closer opened the night with 6.5 million viewers, 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 2 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day, according to fast national data from Nielsen Media Research. Rizzoli & Isles followed with 6.4 million viewers, edging out last week’s season premiere by 10,000 viewers. The episode also grew its key demo delivers over last week, with 1.6 million adults 18-49 (+1%) and 2.2 million adults 25-54 (+2%).

The second season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles has expanded its audience to 8 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, +25% over its Live + Same Day delivery. The season premiere’s strong demos have grown to 2.1 million among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million adults 25-54. Rizzoli & Isles is in good position to outperform its first-season premiere when final Live + 7 delivery becomes available.

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20 July 2011

Season 2 Episode Guide: Full Summer Season Synopsis

ImageI've updated the the Season 2 Episode Guide with a synopsis for all 10 summer episodes.

A couple of things to note:

* the episode where Annie Wersching is guest starring has been moved. Previously reported as episode 7, it is now episode 4. With this move it pushes Colin Egglesfield debut as Tommy Rizzoli to episode 5 and Jacqueline Bisset's debut as Constance Isles to episode 6.

* Jane's nemisis, Charles Hoyt, will be in the summer finale

Click here for Season 2 Episode Guide


 

 

20 July 2011

Gallery Update: "Brown Eyed Girl" episode stills

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Added episode stills for "Brown Eyed Girl" to gallery.

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19 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Summer Finale Date - September 12

ImageTNT will close the books on its summer lineup come Monday, September 12, network sources have confirmed.

Said date marks the summer finales of "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" at 9:00/8:00c and 10:00/9:00c, respectively. Both series resume their runs - the former's seventh and the latter's second season - in the winter.

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19 July 2011

Tweet Pix of the Day

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@sashaalexander1 tweeted:

Here's a photo from set from #rizzoliandisles ep tonight... I hope you guys like it! http://yfrog.com/kltz0gsj


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@nickiraegeous tweeted:


Bridesmaids, #rizzoliandisles style!! :) http://yfrog.com/kermgjtj

 


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@nickiraegeous tweeted:


I swore I'd never come back to this place... http://yfrog.com/kf696wfj

 


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@Lee_t_young tweeted:

Thanks to all who watched tonight! And don't worry @Angie_Harmon, this is really your partner, still on duty :-) http://yfrog.com/khudfaej


 

 

19 July 2011

Angie on The Morning Mash Up!

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Check out a couple of audio clips of Angie from her appearance on The Morning Mash Up!

Angie is a fan of The Morning Mash Up!!

Her unusual affect after male actors guest star on Rizzoli & Isles



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17 July 2011

Sasha scheduled for Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 26

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Sasha is listed to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC on Tuesday July 26.

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16 July 2011

Tweet Pix of the Day

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@nickiraegeous tweeted:

Here's your proof of @SashaAlexander1 and her threats... I have a feeling this is just the beginning! #comingandgoing http://yfrog.com/z/kjiqtkhj

 


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@SashaAlexander1 tweeted:

Look at Detective Russ and our prop guy Oli prepping the intestines for the scene! Eeewww! http://yfrog.com/kiryslnj



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@haircolordiva tweeted:

Last looks on set #RizzoliandIsles http://yfrog.com/ke94auj





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@haircolordiva tweeted:

Looking over the camera onto the shot #RizzoliandIsles http://yfrog.com/kkjjepj

 

 

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@haircolordiva tweeted:

@angie_harmon shoe of the day #rizzoliandisles http://yfrog.com/ke64ddj


 

 

16 July 2011

USA Today's TV Buddies of Summer

Image"Rizzoli & Isles" is on USA Today's list of TV Buddies of Summer.

The Yin: Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon, right) is the street tough Boston detective. Her tomboy exterior hides her gentler, more sensitive nature. She's all about t-shirts, hoodies and mixing it up with her brassy, nagging mother (Lorraine Bracco) and her blue-collar father (Chazz Palminteri).

The Yang: Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) is the brilliant medical examiner and forensics expert who spends more in a week on her high-end, fashionista wardrobe than Rizzoli will spend in a lifetime. As opposed to Rizzoli's in-your-face approach, Isles, very much a loner, is more comfortable with the dead than the living.

The purpose: In the series, inspired by Tess Gerritsen's best-selling thrillers, Rizzoli and Isles team up each week to solve a crime and, just as important, hash out their personal problems. In one episode, Isles pushes Rizzoli into going undercover at a lesbian bar — even suggesting outfits - to catch a killer.

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16 July 2011

Gallery Update: "Sailor Man" episode stills

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Added episode stills for "Sailor Man" to gallery.

 

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15 July 2011

More photos from Rizzoli & Isles Interactive Display

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Pearl Media has put photos from the Rizzoli & Isles Interactive Display on there Facebook page.

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15 July 2011

TV star is a fantastic green role model for her children

ImageModel and TV star Angie Harmon is a great green role model for her three daughters.

The star of Baywatch, Law & Order and currently Rizzoli & Isles, says she has taught her children, aged seven, six and two, all about recycling and water-saving.

"It's second nature, not really new to them anymore," she told Mother Nature Network.

"They understand about being kind to our planet. We have to preserve Mother Earth and make sure that she's there for them to enjoy when they grow up."

She has made sure her nursery is stocked up with eco-friendly natural baby products and uses organic cotton sheets and blankets from green suppliers.

Angie has also been impressed with the green habits which have been put in place on set of Rizzoli & Isles, her hit TNT series which will screen in the UK later this year.

"We recycle all our paper, and we have bins for everything, different trash cans for plastic, glass, biodegradable. It's just a way of life now, just a habit," she said.

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15 July 2011

Rizzoli speaks (actually, it's Angie Harmon)

ImageActress Angie Harmon says the biggest surprise of the success of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" last summer was who she'd hear was watching the cop-'n-coroner drama that returned Monday at 10 for its second season.

"I thought it was primarily a chick show and I've had a lot of men come up and tell me how much they enjoy the show," she said in a phone interview last month, "and I was like, Really? You do? And that was very flattering. Obviously a lot of the people are fun to look at and I get it. As much as women see themselves or their friends in the female characters, I think men also see the women they care about or women friends they have in these characters."

At the end of last season, Harmon's Jane Rizzoli was shot and in the second season premiere, Jane remained on the sidelines. It won't last.

"In the first episode, Jane doesn't have a badge, doesn't have a gun and Angie, as an actor, didn't have a badge, didn't have a gun," Harmon said. "In episode two, Jane is back on the job and my prop guy handed me my gun and I put it on my hip and there was a chunk of Jane that was filled that I didn't even realize not having it created. There was sort of a certain emotion that putting it back on, Jane just came to life. It was great."

The show's second season will have 15 episodes, more than many cable shows that produce just 10 or 12. Many actors prefer the reduced cable schedule but Harmon isn't about to complain about spending more time in the shoes of Jane Rizzoli.

"I have a blast playing Jane," said the former "Law & Order" star. "I love the fact that I can be somewhat successful in the field I love and have always wanted to be in since I was a little girl. Is it hard work? Yes. Am I exhausted? Yes. Do I miss my family? Yes. I think I forgot what my husband's name is. That being said, I'm incredibly blessed and incredibly grateful for it. I love my job. I love being No. 1 on the call sheet. I love being the lead of a show."

"I'm an egomaniac, I can't help," Harmon said, before reversing course. "No, scratch that. I'm narcissistic, but I'm not an egomaniac."

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15 July 2011

Tweet Pix for the Day

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@nickiraegeous tweeted :

Shhh...be very very quiet... @SashaAlexander1's sleeping. http://yfrog.com/kefckhj


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@nickiraegeous tweeted :

The cups just keep getting bigger!!! It's like a triple Venti!!! Andrea's going to have a heart attack! http://yfrog.com/kh907hnj

 

 

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@SashaAlexander1 tweeted :

Check out these Jimmy Choo's! HOT!!! #gomaura #rizzoliandisles http://yfrog.com/kla0thlj

 

 

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@SashaAlexander1 tweeted :

@GarnettBurk's shirt of the day... Kinky! http://yfrog.com/klajgyhj


 

 

13 July 2011

Creator's Corner with Janet Tamaro Week Three

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Check out Janet's newest post answering fan questions.

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13 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Nabs 6.4 Million in Sizzling Summer Premieres

ImageThe top two series on cable returned Monday night to exceptional numbers, led at 9 p.m. by The Closer, which entered its seventh season with 7.2 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery, making it basic cable’s biggest drama audience of the year-to-date. The Closer was followed at 10 p.m. by the second-season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles, which scored 6.4 million viewers. The outstanding deliveries for the two series brought a strong audience to a sneak peek of TNT’s new series Dallas. The first-ever look at the new Dallas premiered during The Closer before going live online at http://DallasTNT.com.

“The blockbuster premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles last night are the latest in a string of successes for TNT,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “With The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles joining the epic drama Falling Skies, TNT is once again home to the summer’s biggest hits.”

The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, will conclude its seven-season run in 2012. Among key adult demos, Monday night’s seventh-season premiere drew with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.4 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day.

Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, launched last year as cable’s top series. Among key adult demos, Monday’s second-season premiere drew 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 adults 25-54. Both series are expected to rise significantly through time-shifted viewing.

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12 July 2011

Photos from "We Don't Need Another Hero" episode

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Be sure to check out the photo gallery on TNT Rizzoli & Isles for new images from the premiere episode.

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12 July 2011

Interview with Lee Thompson Young

ImageLee Thompson Young is currently co-starring as Barry Frost on "Rizzoli and Isles". The show is beginning its second season July 11th. Lee Took some time to chat with Movie Mikes about the season two and what we can expect from his character.

Mike Smith: What do you like most about playing Barry Frost on "Rizzoli and Isles"?
Lee Thompson Young: I really enjoy portraying his technical and computer knowledge. It's really fun to be sitting at a computer and breaking down video footage or researching terrorists' criminal records. It give me something fun to play and those scenes have the energy of a mystery being solved. It's almost like a Sherlock Holmes moment. To me those things are the most fun about playing Detective Frost.

MS: What can fans expect from your character this season? Anything jaw dropping?
LTY: I certainly hope there is some jaw dropping stuff. We definitely learn more about my character this season. My father comes to visit us in the office. I won't go into detail why but it's all geared and woven into one of the cases we're dealing with. We learn a lot about his family and who he is…his growing up and his relationship with his family. There's definitely a lot more history about Detective Frost this season.

MS: What is the most challenging aspect for you working on the show?
LTY: The most challenging thing, and it's similar on all television shows, is that we’re doing fifteen episodes and the challenge is to come in on episode ten with the same intensity and freshness and excitement that you had in episode one. Keeping it alive and staying 100% involved in your character over six months. On a feature you just have that one story and you can perfect each moment and it's done. But we do one story every week and a half so just keeping it fresh is a challenge.

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12 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander riding high as second season starts

ImageTNT has spent years trying to find a show that would even approach "The Closer" in terms of ratings. The now retired "Saving Grace," which frequently followed "The Closer," wasn’t it.

Instead, TNT found its newest hit last summer with the less ambitious, more conventional "Rizzoli & Isles," which featured two friends, one a tomboy cop (Angie Harmon), the other a fashionable medical examiner (Sasha Alexander) The show even beat "The Closer" one week in ratings, a first for any TNT show.

"I'm so incredibly grateful for 'The Closer,' " Harmon said in an interview earlier this month. "If it had not been for 'The Closer,' I don’t think this avenue would have been explored. And that being said. women identify with the characters. I'm thankful viewers are enjoying it so much."

The show is back tonight three months after Rizzoli shot herself during a hostage situation. She did so at the time to not only hurt the person who had a gun on her but to ensure her brother (who had also been shot) received more immediate medical attention. That self-sacrificial move meant a lot of time on the couch being a lazy slob after the fact. But a case in tonight's episode draws her back into police work. She also has to grapple with her parents' divorce and the fact her mom moved in with Isles.

"People enjoy seeing me in roles in which I'm feisty and tough," said Harmon. "I love playing them. It's always about being able to show the cracks in the armor, show a little bit of vulnerability. She doesn't have all the answers. She doesn't have everything perfect. But when the moment calls for it, she can kick someone's [butt.]"

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12 July 2011

Sasha Alexander Talks The Second Season Premiere of Rizzoli & Isles

ImageWhen Sasha Alexander joined the cast of Rizzoli & Isles, she hadn`t yet read the novels by Tess Gerritsen on which the TV show is based. But it wasn`t long before she became of fan of the series of crime-solving books that feature Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Alexander), complete opposites yet good friends.

"I write [Tess] constantly about just ideas that I`ve read that have stayed with me," Alexander says. "As I was reading the books I would just be totally moved by a scene and write her about it. I think that the books are much darker than the show. To me they are in the vein of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And that`s really hard to bring to television because it`s a totally different series."

For Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles is also a completely different series than NCIS, on which she starred for two years as Agent Caitlin Todd. On that show, she got to be a part of all the gun-toting action as the NCIS agents tracked down the bad guys. On the new series, she is the more girly-girl character and more cerebral.

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12 July 2011

Sasha Alexander Talks About the Return of 'Rizzoli &Isles'

ImageThe second season of Rizzoli & Isles begins tonight on TNT, so Sasha Alexander got on the phone with reporters to talk about the series and what you can expect in upcoming episodes.

Sasha is the Isles half of the team. She's a medical examiner who loves fashion and has an unending supply of trivia tucked away in her brain. Her best friend is Detective Jane Rizzoli, played by Angie Harmon and though they are polar opposites in the personality department, together, they're an unbeatable team.

Rizzoli & Isles is a rare bird, a female buddy show like Cagney & Lacey but with its own special rhythm.

"You get a group of people together and you start writing for them and you sort of see their rhythms and you catch on to that, I think that that's what makes things special," says Alexander, "I take that as a big compliment because it means that we have a voice that's specific to our show. Everybody has a sense of humor. There is that lightness about it, about making fun of ourselves and then, on the other side, there is the kind of heavy crime stuff. So I think that lends itself to an interesting tone."

 

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12 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Spoilers: Ahead on Season 2...

ImageSasha Alexander told us that Dr. Maura Isles will entertain many suitors on season two of Rizzoli & Isles.

Following a finale that saw Angie Harmon's Jane Rizzoli get shot, what else can fans expect from the return of this series? The second season kicks off tonight, and TV Guide has revealed the following spoilers/teases for what's on tap. Read at your own risk...

An emotional recovery: Rizzoli will be fine physically when she returns to work. But "this season is more about who she is emotionally and the cracks in her armor," Harmon says.

Motherly mayhem: Maura will be dealing with two mothers this season: her birth mom moves in after a nasty divorce, and we meet her adoptive mother, played by Jacqueline Bisset. Expect a "dark side" to come out when we learn more about Maura's family, Alexander says.

Brotherly boon: Expect "surprises" from Jane's brother, Frankie, Harmon previews, along with the introduction of Colin Egglesfield as Jane's other sibling, Tommy. Might he get it on with Maura?!?

The ladies' love lives: Chris Vance appears on tonight's premiere as a military man who has known/crushed on Jane for years. Later in the season, viewers will meet the individual Alexander describes as "the love [Maura's] life." He's a doctor in a third world country.

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11 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Klout perk package

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@Krownz tweeted out a pic of what is sent out if you're able to get the Rizzoli & Isles perk through Klout

Very cool! It's for TNT's new show "Rizzoli & Isles". They sent me the complete first season before it airs July 11. Thanks!


 

 

11 July 2011

Angie on AOL TV's List of Favorite Legal Ladies on TV

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There are plenty of law-abiding characters on TV, but we're particularly fond of the ladies who wield badges and shout "objection!" in courtrooms to keep our airwaves safe.

With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.

Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.

And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.

These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.

Det. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), 'Rizzoli & Isles'
With Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) as her medical examiner BFF and polar opposite, the homicide beat is a lot less daunting for Det. Rizzoli. Her head is always on straight, even when it comes to the most brutal cases.
Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT

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11 July 2011

Women Reign Supreme on TNT

ImageWhile one of TNT's female crime-busters is winding down, two others are revving back up.

On Monday, "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" both start new seasons, but at different ends of their respective runs. An Emmy winner last year for her title performance, Kyra Sedgwick is beginning her seventh and final season as police-case "Closer" Brenda Leigh Johnson, while Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are launching their second round as police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles.

Harmon and Alexander surely will do the same as "Rizzoli & Isles" enters its sophomore season, which picks up after Rizzoli was shot during a crisis at her Boston police precinct. She gets a medal and something else: the returns of both an ex-beau (Chris Vance) and her newly paroled older brother (Colin Egglesfield). Maura also sees the reappearance of a family member, her adoptive mother (veteran actress Jacqueline Bisset, whose guest run starts Aug. 1).

"There's such a voraciousness to Jane, I think she's just more comfy about it now,” Harmon says of the tough-minded Rizzoli. "Before, it was like she didn't know how much strength she really had or who she really was. After something like [the shooting], you pretty much draw your line in the sand on what you're going to take and not going to take. As an actor, it's such fun to have a heroic moment like that and have people come running up to you in airports and say, 'Are you alive?' "

Alexander says year two of "Rizzoli & Isles" starts out strong. "I feel the writing has taken an interesting direction, really using the core characters," she says. "There's a lot of stuff happening between them, and that's what's really driving the story lines. Second to that, obviously, is the crime they're working on that week. It doesn't fall into any of those 'procedural traps,' as I call them, where we as actors feel like we have to go to the same place every week."

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11 July 2011

'Isles' star mumbles to herself to get her lines right

ImageIf you see Sasha Alexander mumbling to herself, try to ignore it.

She's not crazy, she's an actress. There's a difference, you know.

On "Rizzoli & Isles," which starts its season today, Alexander plays Dr. Maura Isles, a medical examiner with lots of book-learning. She recites facts to her friend Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon).

"I talk to myself over and over until I get it," she said. "I had a hard one the other day and I was mumbling to myself at the grocery store."

Isn't there a side benefit? After she does the scenes, don't the facts stick in her brain?

Not really, Alexander said. "Five minutes later, they're gone."

Medicine and dry facts are not her thing. What she shares with Maura is a sense of style.

The show offers opposites: Jane is a cop, just like her brother and dad and other Rizzoli men; she's strong and tough. Maura savors things - flirting, girly clothes, stylish furnishings - that Jane ignores.

The latest example is Maura's office, redesigned for this season. "It's fantastic," Alexander said. "Every time I go in there, I discover something new."

Like Harmon, Alexander was an athletic kid. Her sport was figure-skating, however; after an injury, that led to dancing and acting and a turning point:

Her male co-star dropped out of the seventh-grade play, a few hours before show time. "I put a sock in my pants and drew a mustache and played the guy's part .... Everyone laughed, the entire play."

She decided instantly that she liked acting.

By then, she had a worldly perspective. Her father was Serbian and Italian, her mother was a travel expert, and Alexander, an only child, often went along. "I got to see a lot of the world."

Acting also has taken her far - University of Southern California film school, the Shakespeare Festival in New York, classes with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She got regular roles in several shows - "Wasteland," "Dawson's Creek," "Presidio Med," "NCIS" and now "Rizzoli & Isles."

It was at film school that she met her husband, writer-director Edoardo Ponti. That brought an extra factor to her worldly life: Her mother-in-law is Sophia Loren, the consummate international star.

"I remember being really nervous the first time I went to meet her," Alexander recalled. "All of a sudden, it hit me .... Of course, all of that went away because she's so warm and gracious."

Now Alexander needn't worry about overwhelming in-laws. She can focus on muttering medical mumbo-jumbo to herself in the grocery store.

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11 July 2011

Season 2 Premiere of Rizzoli & Isles !

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Remember to tune into TNT at 10pm EST for the Season 2 Premiere of "Rizzoli & Isles".


 

 

11 July 2011

Happy Birthday to Bruce McGill!

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11 July 2011

TV crime chemistry clicks in 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageAngie Harmon's distinct deep voice sounds even deeper. That's because the star of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" is battling the flu. She feels awful, but that hasn't stopped her from doing interviews about the second-season opener or from being on the set.

Harmon's willing to get out of a sick bed for her role as the no-nonsense police detective Jane Rizzoli. She and fashionable medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) are Boston's top crime-solving duo. "Rizzoli & Isles" averaged 8.8 million viewers during the first season, the largest audience ever for a basic cable scripted show.

Harmon's particularly proud of the second-season opener because the tough Rizzoli gets to show a more emotional side – the result of a shooting incident that ended season one.

"We get to see her vulnerable side as she tries to come back, to get back into the groove. For the first time, we see that's she's not a pillar of strength," Harmon says.

The season opener is her favorite episode so far in the cable series. She has a potential love interest, emotional upheaval with her mother (Lorraine Bracco) and is back working with Alexander.

In just a year, the pair have become as tight a crime-solving team as Cagney and Lacey or Batman and Robin.

The chemistry starts with how the characters are such opposites – law enforcement's answer to yin and yang. "Women love the show because they see themselves in one and their friends in the other. If you could put Jane and Maura together you'd have one pretty terrific person," Harmon says.

The characters are based on the works of crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. This is the second series in a row for Harmon that's based on the works of a popular crime novelist. She previously starred in "Women's Murder Club," based on the works of James Patterson.

Despite getting good reviews, "Women's Murder Club" died after only one season. Harmon has no concrete theory to why that show – with a similar concept – didn't work and her current show's a hit.

"I guess in my mind," she says, " 'Women's Murder Club' was just a dress rehearsal for 'Rizzoli & Isles.' "

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11 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles: Jane and Maura Deal With New Loves, Their Families and... a Break Up?

ImageWhen Rizzoli & Isles returns for Season 2 (Monday at 10/9c), the TNT cop drama picks up just a few months after the harrowing hostage situation in the precinct, which ended with Jane (Angie Harmon) taking a bullet to the gut. The sophomore season will see the homicide detective struggling to get emotionally grounded, while desperately trying to prove she's ready to get back in the field.

On top of that, Jane and Maura (Sasha Alexander) will be dealing with the return of family members, new love interests and secrets that may cause a rift between our favorite TV duo. Check out what's in store for Season 2:

Jane's struggles: Getting shot on the job is tough to come back from, but for Jane Rizzoli, it's the sympathy that really gets to her this season. "Jane bounces back pretty quickly," Harmon says. "Jane is Boston Homicide's own private Rottweiler, and she's proud to be that. But this season is more about who she is emotionally and the cracks in her armor." Maura will help Jane get back into fighting shape, even if it calls for tough love. "She's in tune with the fact that Jane is struggling emotionally more than even physically anymore," Alexander says.

Maura's mother: Jane's mother, Angela (Lorraine Bracco), moves in with Maura this season after a nasty divorce, but it's the introduction of Maura's adoptive mother, Constance (Jacqueline Bisset), that will really change her. "Maura has this light side, but then all of the sudden, when we start learning about her family, there's a whole kind of dark side to her," Alexander says. "It's an awkward relationship, because you see how we, as adults, behave around our parents sometimes; how they can bring out and trigger things in us." Constance will also shine new light on the polar-opposite upbringings of our leading ladies.

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11 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' actor Lee Thompson Young talks season 2, 'The Famous Jett Jackson'

ImageWhereas many kid stars have post-fame stories about rock bottoms and scandal, Rizzoli & Isles' young detective Lee Thompson Young has no shame. In fact, the former Famous Jett Jackson star loves remembering his days on the Disney channel.

"It's always a really great feeling when I talk to people who watched Jett Jackson because we were the same age. We were all kids. I was 13 when I started working on that show and that was part of my childhood. And It's kind of like we have that in common," he says. "It means a lot to me when people enjoyed it and when it was a part of their childhood. It's cool when you see people revert back for a quick second to middle school, and they're like, 'Oh, man! I remember…' It's really great to me that our work is still with people after ten years."

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11 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' fits Sasha Alexander perfectly

ImageSasha Alexander likes surprises. So the role of forensic pathologist Maura Isles on TNT's crime series Rizzoli & Isles is perfect for her.

"She's a big mystery," Alexander says. "I like that I don't know where the scripts are going. I like that her character can go from light to dark very quickly. That's fascinating to me."

But it was no surprise that R&I would be returning for a second season (premiering Monday, 10 ET/PT). "We were pretty strong out of the gate," Alexander says by phone from Los Angeles.

Perhaps it was fate. Alexander says the chemistry between her and co-star Angie Harmon was there from the audition. "We clicked. … I really, really felt like it couldn't have been better."

Harmon teased her by saying, "'You know, they want us to do that first scene again,'" Alexander recalls. "So I walked back in the room, and all the executives stood up along with Angie, and they started clapping and (told me) 'Welcome to the team.'"

The moment stood out for Alexander, 38, who was a regular on CBS' NCIS. "They make you come back a million times, and then they think about it, and you have to hear from your agent whether or not you got it." Finding out on the spot after a reading "has never happened to me, and it's very rare that it'll happen to anyone. It was pretty special."

Alexander hadn't read the Tess Gerritsen book series, on which the show is based, before reading the pilot script. "I have since," she says. "Now I write her quite often as I'm reading them. … I love the books."

So much so that Alexander is quick to point out the differences between the two Mauras. "The Maura in the books is this Goth-like creature. 'Queen of the Dead' is what they call her. Putting that aside, there's a sensibility that we have in common."

As a working mom of two (Lucia Sofia, 5, and Leonardo, 6 months), she likes cable TV's shorter season.

"The most difficult thing for any working mother is that you're never turned off," she says. "It's been a crash course in learning to be organized and managing my time."

But "when I'm at work, I'm at work, and (when) I'm at home, I'm at home with my children and my husband, and I'm not thinking about anything else."

Alexander's husband understands the nature of the industry, because he's in the business, too. She met Edoardo Ponti, 38, son of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, at the University of Southern California's film school, where they were students.

When her mother met Ponti at a screening, she told Alexander afterward, "'I met the nicest boy. … You should go out with a great guy like that.' I said, 'Mom, you know who his mother is?' (She replied) 'Oh, no wonder he was well-raised.'"

The couple teamed for Coming & Going, a romantic comedy airing on TNT (Friday, 10 p.m. ET/PT). He directs. She stars.

The film was a first of sorts. "There was so much freedom that I was allowed as an actor, and I knew I was looked after because it was my husband making me look great."

How was it working with him? "That was kind of amazing. It made me want to do it again and again."

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11 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' is cable's most-watched drama

ImageThe show's success has much to do with the creators' decision to team a police detective with a coroner without bothering to make one of them a man.

TV's female crimefighters carry a badge, a gun and a tough-as-nails attitude. But there's one tool they're rarely provided with: gal pals.

Sgt. Lucy Bates, assigned to "Hill Street Blues," drank and played poker exclusively with the boys. For all her Southern charm, Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson of "The Closer" can't seem to attract a single girlfriend. Mary Shannon of "In Plain Sight" acts like it's against the law to be even civil to other women.

Until last year, you had to go back to "Charlie's Angels" and "Cagney & Lacey" for a popular drama in which women had each other's back, both on and off the job.

Then came TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles," a formulaic cable series that mixed witty banter with gruesome crimes, neatly wrapped up by the end of the hour.

It didn't appear to be anything more than a so-so dessert to follow "The Closer."

But something extraordinary happened. "Rizzoli" quietly became cable's most watched drama, a title it may well retain as it returns Monday for its second season.

The show's success has much to do with the creators' decision to team a police detective with a coroner without bothering to make one of them a man.

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11 July 2011

Smoking Gun - Angie Harmon locks and loads for the summer on 'Rizzoli & Isles'

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"I planned on cooking dinner every night and living the quiet life when we moved to North Carolina," says Angie Harmon.

The former star of "Law & Order" had just convinced her husband, ex New York Giants star Jason Sehorn, to ditch Tinseltown and head back East with their three daughters.

But before she'd unpacked the boxes, a FedEx package arrived.

"They drop the script for 'Rizzoli & Isles' on my doorstep," says Harmon.

The story — about a Boston homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli, who is awkwardly teamed up with a medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles — was already a series of best-selling mystery books.

After talking it over with "The Horn" — one of the more printable nicknames she has for her husband — Harmon, 38, jumped back on a plane to LA.

The show on TNT is the reigning, No. 1 cable drama of all-time.

"Our reaction was pretty much 'huh?'. . . the support blew us away," says Harmon.

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10 July 2011

Don't Forget to watch Angie on The View

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Angie will be on The View Monday July 11 at 11am EST live.


 

 

10 July 2011

Columbia native's role expanding in TV crime drama

ImageDetective Barry Frost is a different kind of homicide detective. He's a wiz with computers, but when he steps into a morgue and sees a cadaver, he gets weak in the knees and has to leave before putting his lunch on the floor.

Like most detectives, though, he's fiercely protective of his partner.

On the second season of "Rizzoli & Isles," TNT's hit police drama which premieres Monday night, we'll learn more about Frost, who is played by Columbia native Lee Thompson Young.

"It gets into the character's story, family, what makes him tick," Young said. That I'm very excited about."

Thompson's character, Frost, is the partner of Jane Rizzoli a smart, street-wise Boston homicide detective played by Angie Harmon, a former "Law & Order" star.

"As an actor watching her work, it's inspiring because she’s really very, very skilled," Young said.

Sasha Alexander plays Dr. Maura Isles, Boston's chief medical examiner on the show, which scored the second-highest debut ever for a basic cable TV series when it premiered last summer.

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10 July 2011

Celebrity M.O.M Sasha Alexander - A Better Planner Now That She Is A Mom

ImageHer current television role is that of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles on the new TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, which is returning Monday July 11, so set your DVRs or make a date to catch up with her on screen .

Being a mom of 2 (Lucia & Leonardo), Sasha is also balancing off screen motherhood and being (as her twitter bio states) an Actress & Producer, Mom, Dance enthusiast, French student, & cheese lover too. We think this constitutes Sasha being a certifiable M.O.M!

Let's Meet Our M.O.M Sasha Alexander

M.O.M Katie ~ Now that you are a mom of 5 year old daughter (Lucia) and infant son (Leonardo), was it hard to go back to work after having your kids? Did your career priorities change when you became a mom this time or the first time?

M.O.M Sasha ~It's always hard to leave my children to go to work. Especially when they are babies. But I'm grateful to be able to do what I love and that helps when the guilt sets in. I changed my priorities entirely after having Lucia. I didn't want to work on a Series where I was the lead shooting 11 months out of the year. I preferred films that had shorter shooting schedules or cable television so i could be close to home. I also got pickier about the subject matters. I wanted to choose projects that inspired me enough to be away from my children and that if they saw one day, I wouldn't be embarrassed of.

M.O.M Katie ~ As a M.O.M we wear many ‘hats’, so how do you stay focused and driven? Are you a planner? a Scheduler? Or do you see what the day brings?

M.O.M Sasha ~I learned to be a better planner once I had my first child. It didn't come easy for me. I am a very spontaneous person and it's one of the joys of life for me to just be able to wing it at the last second. But with kids, that doesn't work so much. So I learned a lot from my girlfriends with kids about how to manage things. I asked a lot of questions, got different answers and applied the ones that worked for me. I am much more of a planner now and I've learned to find comfort in it. But I still like to keep Sundays as a free for all day, just in case something unplanned can happen.

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10 July 2011

AUSXIP interviews Bruce McGill

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AUSXIP had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce McGill, who plays "Vince Korsak", everyones favorite dog loving cop on "Rizzoli & Isles". See what Bruce has to say about the show, Twitter, pranks, and the ladies of the show.

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9 July 2011

Chemistry Class

ImageIf Monday's second- season premiere of "Rizzoli & Isles" is your first taste of this TNT series, chances are you'll savor its menu of smart repartee, offset by a dash of drama and some good, old-fashioned episodic TV pacing.

Truth be told, I didn't watch the first season of "Rizzoli & Isles," though I certainly was aware of its ratings punch.

(It averaged nearly 9 million viewers last season -- a new basic-cable series record and particularly impressive for a summer series.)

And I'm happy to report that, at least this time around, the viewers got it right: Angie Harmon, as tough Boston Det. Jane Rizzoli, and Sasha Alexander -- as her medical-examiner pal, Dr. Maura Isles -- have terrific on-screen chemistry and a snappy repartee that doesn't feel phony or forced (a la "Gilmore Girls").

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9 July 2011

On 'Rizzoli & Isles,' crime-solving duo is an entertaining study in contrasts

ImageSasha Alexander refers to Angie Harmon, her co-star on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, as "Hurricane Harmon."

"When Angie comes in a room, she is like a force of nature," Alexander says. "I'm an outgoing person, but nothing like she is. Angie is a Texas girl through and through. And everything about her -- her heart, her energy, her sense of humor, her volume! -- it's all bigger than life."

The actresses have distinctly different personalities, but their Odd Couple vibe onscreen and off makes Rizzoli & Isles one of the most enjoyable shows of the summer.

The second season begins at 9 p.m. Monday.

Harmon, a Dallas native and former Law & Order star, plays Jane Rizzoli, a Boston homicide detective. Alexander, formerly of NCIS, plays medical examiner Maura Isles.

We talked with Harmon and Alexander about the show and their relationship.

Despite the vicious criminals and brutal murders, the show is also quite funny, particularly when it comes to the banter between Jane and Maura. Is the comedic element a big draw for you?

Harmon: "Life isn't just straight drama all the time. My life certainly isn't that way. So the humor, not just in the Jane-Maura relationship, but in all of the relationships, is very important to me."

Alexander: "I like it because I tend to like television that makes me laugh. But there's a lot a person can get out of the show. If you love the crime stuff, that's fun as well."

How much of an 'odd couple' are you off camera?

Alexander: "Angie's a Leo, I'm a Taurus. We have different energies, but we share the same sense of humor and we like to have fun while we're working. But sometimes I have to say, 'Shhh! I need to get these words out right. So can you stop dancing for a moment?'"

Harmon: "Our differences are what make us enjoy each other. I mean, all of my girlfriends are not the spitting image of me. If my friends were all exactly like me, I think it would get pretty boring."

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9 July 2011

TV Guide's Crime Time Sweepstakes

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TV Guide is having a sweepstakes to win a 50" HDTV and 3 DVD sets including "Rizzoli & Isles", "Southland" and "The Closer"

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9 July 2011

TV Guide's List of Favorite TV Crime-Solving Duos

ImageIt's a huge relief when your partner in (solving) crime is your best friend. Though Maura's social awkwardness often makes her as cold as the corpses on her slab, when it comes to her friend Jane — particularly her traumatizing past with serial killer Charles Hoyt — she's always ready with a warm embrace. And of course, her forensic expertise is always handy in helping Jane nail the bad guys too. Now if only Jane were more receptive to Maura's fashion advice...

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9 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles writer, Liz Benjamin on The Story

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"Rizzoli & Isles" writer, Liz Benjamin has imagined it all as a TV crime writer, but she never thought she'd be pulling plants out of a Dumpster in Santa Monica to rescue them. Liz tells Dick about her nightly patrol of an alley where she has found gorgeous rose bushes and snapdragons.


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9 July 2011

Are you a Jane or a Maura?

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Tess Gerritsen is having contest on her website...."Are you a Jane or a Maura?"

Enter to win one of 40 exclusive Team Jane or Team Maura t-shirts.

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8 July 2011

Lee Thompson Young on Conversations with Ross podcast

ImageThis episode of Conversations with Ross features one of the stars of Rizzoli and Isles, Lee Thompson Young. Lee discussed working with Angie Harmon and offered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show. He also spoke about his experience playing Jett Jackson on Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson when he was just thirteen. Lee also touched on his worst audition experience, how auditioning as a teen differs from auditioning as an adult, and how he adjusted to being recognized by fans.

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8 July 2011

Lee Thompson Young Talks to RollingOut.com

ImageSouth Carolina native Lee Thompson Young finds himself in the enviable position of being on the highest-rated show in production on cable – TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles. Fans of the show anxiously await the July 11 season two premiere at 10pm E.S.T. as his character, Det. Barry Frost, finds himself in the aftermath of a violent firefight.

Young is an honors graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He received a full academic scholarship. But, his yearning to pursue acting began at the age of 10 when he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a local production. Young has appeared in films Akeelah and the Bee, Friday Night Lights, and Redemption. His television roles are vast and he has a growing reputation as a character actor with a recurring role in "Scrubs and Smallville," he was also in "Flash Forward" and "The Event."

The characters on Rizzoli and Isles are based on the best-selling Tess Gerritsen novels. Were you a fan before the show?

No, I wasn't familiar with the novels before the show. But, after I auditioned for the role and got it, I read them. They were helpful with preparation to play the character of Det. Barry Frost.

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7 July 2011

More photos from the NY interactive display

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The SIA Interactive Facebook page has posted more photos from the display in NY.

 

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7 July 2011

Valpak Rizzoli & Isles "Shop in NY City" Sweepstakes

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Enter for a chance to win a shopping spree in NY City.

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7 July 2011

Gallery Update: scans from TV Guide

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Have added scans from the new TV Guide featuring Rizzoli & Isles.

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7 July 2011

Last round for 'Closer' precedes second one for 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageWhile one of TNT's female crime-busters is winding down, two others are revving back up.

On Monday, July 11, "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" both start new seasons, but at different ends of their respective runs. An Emmy winner last year for her title performance, Kyra Sedgwick is beginning her seventh and final season as police-case "Closer" Brenda Leigh Johnson, while Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are launching their second round as police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles.

Harmon and Alexander surely will do the same as "Rizzoli & Isles" enters its sophomore season, which picks up after Rizzoli was shot during a crisis at her Boston police precinct. She gets a medal and something else: the returns of both an ex-beau (Chris Vance) and her newly paroled older brother (Colin Egglesfield). Maura also sees the reappearance of a family member, her adoptive mother (veteran actress Jacqueline Bisset, whose guest run starts Aug. 1).

"There's such a voraciousness to Jane, I think she's just more comfy about it now," Harmon says of the tough-minded Rizzoli. "Before, it was like she didn't know how much strength she really had or who she really was. After something like (the shooting), you pretty much draw your line in the sand on what you're going to take and not going to take. As an actor, it's such fun to have a heroic moment like that and have people come running up to you in airports and say, 'Are you alive?' "

Alexander says year two of "Rizzoli & Isles" starts out strong. "I feel the writing has taken an interesting direction, really using the core characters," she says. "There's a lot of stuff happening between them, and that's what's really driving the story lines. Second to that, obviously, is the crime they're working on that week. It doesn't fall into any of those 'procedural traps,' as I call them, where we as actors feel like we have to go to the same place every week."

Also lined up for a "Rizzoli & Isles" guest stint is Bill O'Reilly, a Harmon friend and -- of course -- the host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor." Harmon reports,"He's been in to visit before, and I've been on his show, and my husband (former New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn) has, too. I love talking to him politically, just picking his brain on what he thinks and who he likes."

O'Reilly's turn comes toward the end of the "Rizzoli & Isles" season, but Alexander already has had her experience playing daughter to Bisset. "I was really excited to not only meet her, but to work with her," says Alexander ...who is the daughter-in-law of another international movie star, Sophia Loren.

"(Bisset) is such a beautiful woman, and she is so much Maura's mother. She plays the character sophisticated, cultured, mannered and very worldly. I love that (executive producer) Janet Tamaro writes about the relationships we have with our families and how they affect our lives."

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7 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' keeps it green

ImageWhile she admits that double-side printed scripts have been hard to get used to, Angie Harmon is otherwise pleased with the eco-efforts in place at "Rizzoli & Isles," her hit TNT series that has its second season premiere July 11 following the seventh season premiere of "The Closer." "We recycle all our paper, and we have bins for everything, different trash cans for plastic, glass, biodegradable. It's just a way of life now, just a habit," says Harmon, who has taught her three daughters, aged seven, six and two, to recycle and turn off the water when they're brushing their teeth. "It's second nature, not really new to them anymore. They understand about being kind to our planet. We have to preserve Mother Earth and make sure that she's there for them to enjoy when they grow up."

Boston detective character Jane Rizzoli is recovering from the bullet she took in last season's cliffhanger and dealing with personal issues: her parents are getting a divorce and her high school boyfriend, Sgt. Major Casey Jones (Chris Vance), turns up, on leave from Afghanistan. She and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) investigate the car bomb murder of a decorated veteran in the opener, and future cases will involve Revolutionary War re-enactors, baseball players, a surrogate mother, Salem witch trials, and the return of serial killer Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee).

"One of the fun things about this season is we have more human layers," says Harmon. Jane "is always going to be the Boston homicide unit's own personal Rottweiler — that's just who she is. But this season we get a glimpse into the human side of her, her emotions, her love, her vulnerability, her fragility. And it's been a blast to play."

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7 July 2011

'Rizzoli and Isles' finds humor among crimes

ImageTNT has its own pair of premieres Monday, with the seventh season of "The Closer" (9 p.m.) leading into the second season of "Rizzoli & Isles"(10 p.m.). While "The Closer" is on its way out — a final season, airing next summer, will usher in a spinoff series, "Major Crimes" "Rizzoli & Isles" is just getting started. It debuted last summer and quickly became a hit with ratings that some weeks eclipsed those of "The Closer."

Last year "Rizzoli"averaged 8.8 million viewers, making it not just a cable hit but an overall TV hit, particularly considering that some broadcast network series were recently renewed with fewer than an average 7 million weekly viewers.

"Rizzoli & Isles" stars Angie Harmon ("Law & Order") as Jane Rizzoli, a no-nonsense Boston police detective. Her best friend/co-worker, medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, "NCIS"), is her polar opposite. Where Jane is a tomboy; Maura is fashionable. Jane is brusque; Maura is sweet. It's an amusing, often funny, partnership that makes "Rizzoli & Isles" lighter than many police shows.

The new season picks up where last year's ended: Jane is recovering from a shooting and chafing to get back to work. Her younger brother, Frankie Jr. (Jordan Bridges), is also on the mend, and the siblings will learn of new family turmoil in the season premiere.

For the actresses who bring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles to life, their camaraderie and the show's lighter moments are a big draw.

"Life is funny and you can laugh at a funeral," Harmon said. "To me, it's more realistic when we have things that are funny in the show. That being said, this season some episodes are really funny, some episodes are flat-out silly and some episodes are scary and dead serious, and I love that."

Alexander agreed, saying humor travels well.

"When you're watching stuff that's so heavy, when the crimes are so heavy, it can get tiring," she said. "Ultimately, you love characters and what's happening between them, and that's driving us through the different mysteries each week."

Sometimes the crime stories need to be leavened with humor, Alexander said. "It's a little like a zombie movie ... because you have this really funny scene that has to do with something totally menial and light and yet you're dealing with a gruesome crime."

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7 July 2011

Author Tess Gerritsen at the Poisoned Pen

ImageTess Gerritsen had a thriving career as a mystery writer, but things recently have gone into overdrive. That's what happens when two of your main characters inspire a wildly successful TNT drama, "Rizzoli & Isles."

The two characters, a detective and a medical examiner, return in Gerritsen's latest book, "The Silent Girl." The new outing introduces a character that is particularly close to the writer's heart. Gerritsen, 58, will visit the Poisoned Pen to discuss the book and the popularity of the TV show.

Question: When a show like "Rizzoli & Isles" happens, is there any downside?

Answer: How can I ever complain about anything? First of all, I had no idea this would ever happen. I dealt with Hollywood so many times with previous books, and nothing happened. Then, to have it be this No. 1 cable show? It's wonderful.

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6 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Scoop

ImageFrom TVGuide Megabuzz:

Jane and Maura are my favorite duo on television right now. Do you have any spoilers on what we'll see for them this season on Rizzoli & Isles? — Justin

NATALIE: Sadly, their BFF status may be in jeopardy when Maura hides a troubling secret. "Jane comes to the realization that she's maybe misjudged her relationship with Maura," Angie Harmon tells us. "She's always thought she could be herself and be personal around Maura, and the way Maura is acting is proving that to be untrue."


 

 

6 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Facebook Sweepstakes

ImageThe Rizzoli & Isles Facebook page has a sweepstakes going where you can win a pair of handcuff-style earrings.

 

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6 July 2011

Game that is part of the Interactive Display in NY

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You check out the game that is part of the interactive display in NY at:

http://themtag.com/tnt/

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6 July 2011

Creator's Corner with Janet Tamaro Week Two

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Check out Janet's newest post answering fan questions.

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6 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Return in 'The Silent Girl'

Image"The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Book" (Ballantine Books), by Tess Gerritsen: Tess Gerritsen's latest novel featuring homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and coroner Maura Isles gives readers another great thrill ride with her two popular characters.

A woman's hand is found near a trash bin and the rest of her remains are up on a roof in a building in Boston's Chinatown. The evidence at the scene stumps Rizzoli when hairs found on the body appear to belong to something that isn't human, and metal shards seem to be from an ancient weapon.

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6 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles on cover of TV Guide

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Be sure to pick up the newest issue of TV Guide!!!!

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6 July 2011

Pearl Media Launches Interactive, Digital Out-of-Home Campaign for TNT Crime Series

ImagePearl Media has launched an interactive, digital out-of-home, crime-solving campaign to promote TNT’s top-rated drama series Rizzoli & Isles. The series, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, will launch its second season on Monday, July 11, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT.

At a New York City location, Pearl Media deployed an interactive crime scene where consumers are tasked with helping Rizzoli & Isles’ detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) solve a murder case. As consumers walk by the 100-foot display, they will see a 3D crime scene through the windows of the storefront. The detailed build-out features a taped-off crime scene filled with an array of evidence, including open pill bottles, footprints and fingerprints, as well as a sheeted corpse in the center of the scene.


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6 July 2011

TNT's "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" Take Over Manhattan Windows

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RIZZOLI & ISLES in Chelsea near Madison Square Park

RIZZOLI & ISLES, which smashed cable records last summer, will get the full window treatment in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at 6th Avenue and 21st Street. The innovative and groundbreaking design will actually challenge passersby to test their crime-solving abilities with an interactive crime scene. As consumers walk by the 100-foot display, they will see a 3-dimensional crime scene through the windows of the storefront. The detailed build-out features a taped-off crime scene filled with an array of evidence, including open pill bottles, footprints and fingerprints, as well as a sheeted corpse in the center of the scene.

An interactive video wall serves as the investigation headquarters, allowing consumers to dust for fingerprints, survey the scene of the crime, review DNA tests and view an autopsy report. Using state-of-the-art Touch Interactive Technology, pedestrians also learn about the motives and whereabouts of three potential suspects and ultimately solve the crime. Throughout the interactive process, the clues revealed by each forensic test are illuminated inside the crime scene, providing an interactive consumer experience between the actual crime scene and the interactive video wall used to solve the crime.

Once the crime is solved, users are awarded with a photo of themselves with the stars of Rizzoli & Isles, which is then displayed on the storefront window. From the shop window, consumers then have the ability to share their photos with friends via Facebook.

Passersby in a rush to get where they going can also participate by scanning a QR code into their smart phone as they walk by the RIZZOLI & ISLES display. They can then solve the crime at their leisure.

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6 July 2011

Rizzoli & Isles: True Womance

ImageSexier than Cagney and Lacey, brainier than Laverne and Shirley and way better at tracking down serial killers than the women of The View, Rizzoli and Isles are TV's favorite gal pals of the moment. The show's ratings are through the roof. Bloggers obsess over the characters' "secret" love lives. Big-name guest stars are on the horizon. Still, for Angie Harmon, the show's chisel-cheeked costar, the true sign of success was getting a shout-out from Liz Lemon. Last spring, when Tina Fey's character on 30 Rock heard that her boss Jack was buying a cable network, Liz practically started hyperventilating: "Is it TNT? Are Rizzoli and Isles friends in real life?"

"I know it was a joke, but I kinda went, 'Hey, we made it!'" says Harmon. She's taking a break between scenes on the Rizzoli & Isles set in Los Angeles and talking about the 101 unexpected side effects of having the hottest new cable show of the past year. In its debut run last summer, Rizzoli & Isles drew nearly 9 million viewers a week, making the one-hour drama about a duo of mismatched crime investigators the highest-rated commercial-supported cable series of all time. And it's not just Tina Fey: "Old guys from Boston, young girls who tell me we inspire them, moms on the street," Harmon says. "I'm in awe of all the fans of this show."

All season long, viewers did a collective head tilt at the curious pairing of Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). Rizzoli is the tough-as-brass workhorse who digs being a chick in a dude's world of perps and stooges. Isles is the erudite investigator whose flair for Latin is offset by a Paris runway model's love of couture. "I can only aspire to having a wardrobe like Maura's," Alexander says of the chic ensembles her character wears to murder scenes. She's quirky like that. "You don't see a lot of other TV characters Googling for fancy handbags from an office inside a morgue."

But it wasn't Rizzoli and Isles that viewers were talking about after the finale; it was Rizzoli and Rizzoli. In the season ender, a commando team of killers invaded Boston Police HQ, shooting every cop in sight, including Jane's younger brother, Frankie, a uniformed officer played by Jordan Bridges. He's the pup to his big sis' K-9 personality, and Jane ended up shooting herself (in episode-ending slow-mo) to get Frankie medical attention. The season faded to black even as Rizzoli family blood was still oozing.

"We're both here today, so clearly we're not dead," Bridges says with a laugh after a scene with Harmon. The three-month story gap gives the sibs time to heal, though emotional scars linger, especially for Jane. The instinct to put herself in the line of fire — her own fire — has profound repercussions. As exec producer Janet Tamaro explains, Rizzoli realizes it wasn't a good idea to turn a gun on herself. "Note to viewers," Tamaro says: "Don't shoot yourselves."

Adding to Jane's challenges this season (spoiler alert!): The senior Rizzolis — played with Boston "blue cawlah" charm by Chazz Palminteri and Lorraine Bracco — are splitting up. Mama Rizzoli moves in with Maura and has to get a job. "Jane is not happy about watching her mother take orders from the creepy guy who runs the café where she works," Tamaro says. But the breakup of the marriage was inevitable. "The Rizzolis were already starting to come apart, and the trauma to both kids did them in," Tamaro says.

On the upside, Rizzoli and Isles each develop new romantic attachments in the season opener. Jane has a fling with an ex-flame from high school (Chris Vance), now a West Point graduate who's been commanding troops on the front lines. "I love a good make-out session on the couch," Harmon admits. Maura, meanwhile, sleeps with Jane's surgeon.

What remains unclear is whether all the lip-locking will quiet the rumors. For months, more than a few bloggers have speculated about the sex lives of the show's lead characters. Apparently, one softball game and an innocent girls' sleepover at Rizzoli's was all it took to nail Rizzoli & Isles as "TV's first lesbian buddy cop show [that] just doesn't know it yet," in the words of one blogger. OK, so there was that episode where Jane had to go undercover at a lesbian bar. But Tamaro is happy to set the record straight, as it were. "The lesbian theory endlessly amuses me, and it amuses the cast," she says. "Rizzoli and Isles have been heterosexual from the first episode, though there is no way I would want to interfere with my viewers' fantasy lives." Alexander, who in real life is married to director Edoardo Ponti, Sophia Loren's son, adds, "It's a great compliment. Angie is a beautiful woman, and I can't say we don't make a hot pair."


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5 July 2011

Sasha talks about the new season of Rizzoli & Isles

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From LenaLamoray.com:

I spoke with SASHA ALEXANDER about RIZZOLI & ISLES and the training that she went through to play Dr. Maura Isles. Sasha does an amazing job with the medical procedures and terminology featured in the show. Some of my favorite shows that Sasha has starred in are: “NCIS”, “House M.D.”, “Dark Blue” and “Greg the Bunny.” Don’t miss the return of RIZZOLI & ISLES on TNT.

Lena Lamoray: You do a fantastic job with the medical aspect of the show. Can you talk about the training that you went through?

Sasha Alexander: Thank you. Well when I was on NCIS I learned a lot from working with David McCallum who plays Ducky. We had a lot of medical examiner coroners on the set so I got to know a lot about it. We visited the coroner’s office as part of our training. So I had a lot of - I got a lot of experience there and got my feet wet and so I knew kind of what I was expecting. But we have a great tech advisor on our show named Detective Russ Grant. He’s a retired Boston homicide detective. And he helps me through the scenes and helps me understand, you know, what I’m doing exactly and if I ever get grossed out, he’s there to laugh and, you know, guide me through it. So I pretty much - I’m familiar with it but every script brings a new scene that I have to dissect and, you know, figure out how to work through.

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5 July 2011

Angie talks about the new season of Rizzoli & Isles

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From LenaLamoray.com:

I spoke with ANGIE HARMON about RIZZOLI & ISLES. If you enjoyed the first season, just wait until next week. Season one ended so intensely that I had to ask Angie about it. It was such an honor to speak with her. Season two is equally explosive. You are not going to want to miss it. I’ve always been a fan of Angie’s work and a couple of my favorite shows that she has starred in are “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Watch Angie as Detective Jane Rizzoli in the Season Two Premiere of RIZZOLI & ISLES on TNT.

Lena Lamoray: The premiere was fantastic. I want to talk about the season finale which was absolutely incredible. Can you talk about what was going through your mind and what it was like filming that final dramatic scene?

Angie Harmon: Sure. I mean, you know, as an actor you love when your character does something heroic like that. You know, and especially the fact that, you know, with Jane it was just a gut reaction. You know, it wasn’t something that she was planning or, you know, it was just spontaneous with her. It was just, you know, oh my gosh it’s either, you know, I - she either does something or her brother dies. So that’s what she did. And, you know, I mean as an actor and, you know, a narcissist, you love being able to play things like that. And, because you can only hope actually that you would be able to live up to that same standard if the stakes, you know, were as high for me. I mean I hope that I would be able to do something if it was between me or my kids. You know, you naturally think that you would dive headfirst in front of a bus for them. You know, and I just hope that I would be the same way, have the same standards, you know?

Lena Lamoray: I loved the way that they filmed that scene.

Angie Harmon: Yeah. I loved it too. I mean to be very honest, we did it in one take. And, you know, we were all very proud of ourselves. You know, Michael Robin is a great director and he had three cameras going and we shot it in three different speeds. And we did one take. And, you know, Palladino and I were just - we were on cloud 9. The fact that, you know, the President of TNT, Michael Wright, happened to be there when we shot it which is like icing on the cake. We were - I mean we basically just walked around like peacocks like did you see what we just did? We did it one take. We were amazing. You know it just - it was great. The lighting was perfect. Our DP’s fantastic. You know, Michael as a director was just brilliant in setting it up that way. And, you know, as actors we just sort of did what we were supposed to do. And everybody just brought their A game. It was great.

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3 July 2011

Sasha Now Has Her Official Facebook Page

From Sasha:

Hey everyone! Welcome to my Facebook Page! Thanks for visiting...I'll be using this and my twitter to keep in...

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2 July 2011

Tweet Pix of the Day

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@haircolordiva tweeted:

Chola chicks put the fear in @Angie_Harmon on set #rizzoliandisles http://yfrog.com/h276n8j

 

 

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@Angie_Harmon tweeted:

The AMAYYYYYZING shoe of the day.... http://yfrog.com/gy67mquj


 

 

2 July 2011

2 Page Rizzoli & Isles Ad in US weekly

Image"Rizzoli & Isles" ads are all over the place. Single page ads are in the new issues of People, Entertainment Weekly and US Weekly has a 2 page ad.

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2 July 2011

The "Rizzoli & Isles" season two opener renews the spark in Det Jane Rizzoli

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From the Examiner.com:

Last season on Rizzoli & Isles there was an episode in which an old boyfriend of Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) came back into the picture during a homicide investigation. He turned out to be the actual murderer, so naturally in the second season premiere, when an old boyfriend of Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) pops up, our suspicions were piqued. But the show isn't in a sophomore slump, not at all, so it's not out to recycle but instead to reboot in a way.

First off, it is three months since Jane's shooting-- err, when Jane shot herself so her fellow officers could catch the bad guy-- and she has been sitting around, moping and allowing the dirt and dishevel of her life to pile up. She is still in pain, something her best friend thinks is psychosomatic, and she can't seem to find her purpose. But heading to a banquet to honor herself as a hero of the city ends up renewing her energy. It is there that she meets a woman she considers a "real" hero, a woman who was shot during combat in Afghanistan and then went on to save the rest of her troops by taking down the opposition. It is when that woman is blown up on her own soil that Jane springs into action and takes back her badge, her wit, and her life, really.

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1 July 2011

Tweet Pix of the Day

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@JanetTamaro tweeted:

This is in JFK airport. We are everywhere...#rizzoliandislestnt http://yfrog.com/gyiccvrj

 


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@JanetTamaro tweeted:

...48th & 7th! #rizzoliandisles http://yfrog.com/h3nffsuj

 

 

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@Angie_Harmon tweeted:

And now for something completely different... http://yfrog.com/h3nefymj

 

 

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@haircolordiva tweeted:

Sexy @Angie_Harmon legs draped in #YSL http://twitpic.com/5j6n0v


 

 

1 July 2011

'Rizzoli & Isles' - are they or aren't they?

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The characters' closeness has prompted much speculation (and a drinking game) about their sexuality. The show's makers say it isn't a lesbian relationship, but will anyone believe them?

The first season of TNT's crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles" featured an episode with the title "I Kissed a Girl." Its stars, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, played on a softball team, shared some intimate dinners, drank wine over candlelight and hopped into the same bed for girl talk.

But this is not a gay show.

Series creator Janet Tamaro described Harmon's Rizzoli and Alexander's Isles as a "power couple" — the center of a buddy drama, one that broke cable ratings records in its debut run and returns for its second season July 11. But the women are not together, as in together.

Tamaro chalks up the rampant are-they-or-aren't-they discussion to throwing "two gorgeous actresses together who have great, natural chemistry." She contends that Harmon's tomboyish homicide detective and Alexander's stylish medical examiner "are straight women who don't fear the interest in or the speculation about their relationship."

That hasn't stopped gay pop culture blog AfterEllen from dubbing the show, "totally gay, it just doesn't know it yet." Or another lesbian blog, CherryGrrl, from creating a "Rizzoli & Isles" drinking game, advising viewers to take a shot for interaction between the title characters that includes "stares lasting longer than three seconds," "sleeping in the same bed/couch/squad car," "adorable bickering which generally relates to sexual tension," or "complaining to each other about their inability to find a compatible mate, all while being completely compatible mates." The Washington Post even pointed to a hunky visiting FBI agent as a short-lived distraction from the "faintly lesbian undertones that the show keeps trying to establish."

Harmon, a veteran of "Law & Order," said she's familiar with the online chatter and that it's "super fun" to play a role that has some same-sex romantic vibes. She's relishing a character who's gruff and aggressive, the polar opposite of her own girlie personality, she said.

But as close as they are, Rizzoli and Isles are just best friends, she said. Really.

"I hate to disappoint, but these characters are straight," Harmon insisted. "If we lose viewers because of it — sorry!"

The show certainly hasn't been hurting for fans, premiering to more than 9 million viewers last summer. It ranks as basic cable's most successful series launch ever, drawing a bigger audience than its companion show, the female-led hit cop drama "The Closer." "Rizzoli & Isles" averaged 8.7 million viewers an episode for the season.

So teasing the audience about the characters' sexuality, whether a calculated decision or not, appears to be working. Tess Gerritsen, the bestselling author who created Rizzoli and Isles in a series of dark medical thrillers, has written on her own blog that she's amused by the speculation. Apparently she didn't have that in mind, but she's OK with ardent fans and self-proclaimed "Rizzles," who want to see the women romantically linked.

The series, which borrows from the gritty source novels but lightens them up considerably, divides its time between Rizzoli and Isles' complicated personal lives and their hard-charging careers. The second season will open with Rizzoli and her younger brother, a beat cop, recovering from being shot in the line of duty. (They were injured in Season 1's cliffhanger, an armed siege at the police department.)

Rizzoli's other brother, the black sheep of the family (played by "Something Borrowed's" Colin Egglesfield), comes home after a stint in jail just after her parents (Lorraine Bracco and Chazz Palminteri) announce they're splitting up.

Isles, a forensics expert whose big science brain is covered in an always-perfect coif, will deal with her own fractured family, a bit of baby fever and a past love dropping in to mess with her equilibrium. (Neither character seems to have much luck with men. Conveniently.)

The two will work on — and solve, within 40-some minutes — murders at Civil War reenactments, fertility clinics and pro baseball camps. They'll deal with a modern-day Salem witch hunt, a military car bombing and a prolific serial killer. Guest stars will include Jacqueline Bisset, Bill O'Reilly (as a murder suspect!), Richard Thomas and Chris Vance.

The producers and stars said the "Cagney & Lacey" comparisons were somewhat inevitable, though Tamaro said she sees the title characters more as "Kirk and Spock." Alexander, an "NCIS" alum, said she thinks the show breaks old TV tropes.

"Women in the workplace are often portrayed as catty and competitive, and it's rare that you get to see them as smart friends and colleagues who can debate and disagree," Alexander said. "They don't have to always sabotage each other and fall for the same guy."

Or, any guy at all?

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1 July 2011

Angie on the cover of Delight! magazine

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Angie is in the July 2011 issue of Delight! magazine.

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1 July 2011

Klout and TNT team up to promote "Rizzoli & Isles"

ImageKlout and TNT have teamed up to give influencers an awesome Perk from the hit series, 'Rizzoli & Isles'! Influencers can indulge their inner detective with an exclusive kit of goodies - including a blanket, mug, book light, and a copy of (Rizzoli & Isles creator) Tess Gerritsen's new book, Silent Girl. They'll also be able to get their hands on the entire first season of the Rizzoli & Isles on DVD!

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