Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) I play Tommy Rizzoli on "Rizzoli and Isles." Also, I just finished an independent film with Andy Garcia, Juliette Lewis and Camilla Belle. I play a sheriff who falls in love with Camilla Belle's character. It's called Open Road
Q) Please tell us about your character Tommy on "Rizzoli and Isles."
A) So far, I've shot three episodes. My next episode is on September 5th. My character is Jane Rizzoli's (Angie Harmon) younger brother and he's just gotten out of prison. He's the kind of guy who is unpredictable and you never quite know if he's going to be getting into trouble. He's kind of a hot-head, but he's also a really lovable character. He ends up having a bit of sexual chemistry with Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). As the season goes on, you'll see Tommy kind of being a part of the Rizzoli family and also, because he is kind of unpredictable, he gets into a little bit of trouble. He's been a lot of fun to play. It's been one of the most fun characters I've gotten to play. I like playing characters that are mischievous and aren't afraid to get in trouble.
Q) What has been the most challenging part of the role?
A) Characters like this are a lot more fun because he's spontaneous and you never quite know what he's going to do next. I always like to play characters like that where anything can happen at any moment. That's just more fun to play.
DVR viewing boosted TNT's hit Rizzoli & Isles to a season high in total viewers. In Live+7 the show’s Aug. 8 episode drew more than 9.1 million viewers, 2.6 million of them in the adults 18-49 demo and 3.4 million in adults 25-54. Veteran The Closer didn’t do too shabby either, logging 8.7 million viewers in Live+7, 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million adults 25-54 for the Aug. 8 episode.
TNT's Rizzoli & Isles will serve up a deadly take on "dance moms" this season, with an episode in which the mother of a dancer is murdered backstage.
Cast as one of the lead suspects, TVLine has learned, is Lisa LoCicero aka General Hospital's Olivia Falconeri.
For the episode "Don’t Stop Dancing, Girl," slated to air this December, LoCicero will play Yvonne Smith, a woman whose own daughter is involved in a heated dance competition. When the aforementioned offing occurs just beyond the curtains, Yvonne lands squarely in Rizzoli's crosshairs.
In addition to her four-year run on GH, LoCicero's TV credits include appearances on Chuck (as a wedding planner}, Bones and Without a Trace.
A group of fans based in the UK and the USA are working to get a convention together for Rizzoli & Isles fans in the summer of 2012.
They are currently in talks with the show's production companies. The more fan support they can get via social media, the more chance they have of getting this made an 'official' Rizzoli & Isles event. So go and like/follow them on Facebook/Twitter to keep updated on their progress and to support a Rizzoli & Isles Convention.
Every now and then you meet a character long before the actor who gets hired to portray said character does. It usually only happens in the most intricate and soon-to-be infamous of cases, when reputation precedes physicality, but when it does occur, you know history is being made. So when Rizzoli & Isles first started alluding to another Rizzoli clan member early in the first season of the show-- one that was in prison, no less-- we sat up and took notice, patiently waiting for the little drips and droves of information that would be given through expositional dialogue. Until the second season when troublemaker Tommy got out of prison, and Colin Egglesfield made his seemingly nonchalant, but subtly layered with secrets, entrance onto the show.
In that rare case, the audience knew more about Tommy simply from what other characters had previously, and biasedly, we must point out, shared about him than Egglesfield himself knew stepping into the casting session with just the character sides and specific audition scene in front of him.
"All I knew was that Tommy Rizzoli was kind of a hot head. He was this guy who was just getting out of prison; he was kind of unpredictable; you never quite knew what he was going to do [because] he was involved with some shady stuff. But at the heart of it, he was a good guy; he was a loveable guy. He was just lacking a little bit of direction," Egglesfield told LA TV Insider Examiner.
"I read the break down, and I went in to audition for him, and you know, it was really exciting because this was a character I hadn’t really played before. He was kind of spontaneous, and you never quite knew what he was thinking or if he was going to get into some trouble. You never quite knew what was going to happen with Tommy, and that’s been what’s great about playing him."
Rizzoli & Isles – Season 2 returns Monday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Season 2 Winter 2011: 5 Episodes
Topping the charts for the second consecutive year as basic cable’s most-watched drama, Rizzoli & Isles will return this winter with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro and based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is currently averaging 8.8 million viewers for its second season.
TNT's powerhouse dramas Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer and Falling Skies are set to score major victories as basic cable’s top drama series of the summer. TNT's Monday crime dramas Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer are leading the pack as basic cable's #1 and #2 dramas among total viewers, while new international hit Falling Skies is set to rank as basic cable’s #1 dramaamong adults 18-49 and 25-54, as well as the top new series in total viewers. TNT has also garnered remarkable success with the hit caper drama Leverage, which is enjoying its best season ever, and the light-hearted legal drama Franklin & Bash, one of basic cable's Top 5 new series of the summer.
"This has been a terrific summer for TNT, and we are tremendously proud of how well our portfolio of original dramas has performed," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "From the power of blockbuster series like The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles to the breakout performance of new international hit Falling Skies and fan favorite Leverage, the summer has seen TNT grow its already robust presence in original programming. We're especially thrilled that our four most popular series have combined to make TNT #1 in Sunday and Monday primetime. We look forward to building on our success next summer as we bring these very popular series back and expand our horizons with new shows like Dallas, Major Crimes and Perception."
TNT's original dramas have provided some of the summer's most memorable television moments. "Few fans will forget the shocking cliffhanger that ended the first season of Falling Skies, or Brenda Leigh Johnson crumbling under the weight of a pending lawsuit or the heart-pounding suspense as claustrophobic hacker Alec Hardison was buried alive on Leverage," said Wright. "We believe in working with the best in the business, and this summer, the results have been truly spectacular."
TNT summer 2011 ratings highlights:
TNT's Rizzoli & Isles ranks as basic cable's #1 drama series of the summer, with 8.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery (through Aug. 7). This is the seventh consecutive summer TNT has claimed the top spot.
Hot on Rizzoli & Isles' heels is TNT's flagship drama The Closer, which in the opening episodes of its final season is averaging a powerful 8.6 million viewers in Live + 7. The series is enjoying a significant boost in key demos, with adults 18-49 up 9% and adults 25-54 up 5%, a remarkable achievement for a series in its seventh year.
Exploding onto the charts as basic cable's #1 drama among key adult demos for the summer is TNT's international hit Falling Skies, which averaged 3.3 million adults 18-49 and 3.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7 delivery. The epic drama ranks as basic cable’s most popular new series of the summer with key demos, as well as with total viewers, which clocked in at a hefty 6.9 million viewers. This marks the second consecutive year TNT has claimed the most-watched new series of the summer.
Competitively, TNT was dominant across the board on Sunday nights this summer. Beginning with the launch of Falling Skies on June 19, TNT has ranked as cable’s #1 network in Sunday primetime not only with viewers, but also with adults 18-49 and 25-54. In addition, the pairing of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles has made TNT cable’s #1 network in Monday primetime with total viewers.
TNT's light-hearted legal drama Franklin & Bash enjoyed a stellar first season, with an audience that remained tremendously loyal throughout its summer run. The series averaged 3.9 million viewers, making it one of basic cable's Top 5 new series of the summer. In addition, the show scored a healthy 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54, ranking it among the Top 10 new series.
In its fourth season and showing no signs of wear, Leverage has expanded its audience to more than 4.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, up 10% over season three and ranking it one of basic cable's Top 10 returning dramas. The show has also grown its delivery of adults 18-49 to 1.9 million (+6%) and adults 25-54 to 2.3 million (+10%).
TNT's Tuesday night drama Memphis Beat has maintained solid numbers throughout the season, with more than 4.3 million viewers, 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 1.6 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7. HawthoRNe has followed with more than 3.3 million viewers, 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54.
With the ongoing rollout of Turner Broadcasting'’s TV Everywhere initiative – which offers next-day VOD and online viewing and includes a full commercial load for the first week – TNT is enjoying tremendous gains in the amount of time-shifted viewing its originals have delivered. TNT's summer series are averaging a 42% lift from Live + Same Day to Live + 7, compared to a 25% lift last year. Among adults 18-49, this summer’s lift is 56% (vs. 32% last summer), while the lift among adults 25-54 is 52% (vs. 31% last summer).
TNT's success this summer sets the stage for continued strength in fall and winter, with new episodes of The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage slated to begin in late November and the acclaimed police drama Southland returning for its fourth season in January. Also this November, TNT will launch the new TNT Mystery Movie Night, a showcase of six original movies based on best-selling books from authors Scott Turow, Sandra Brown, Richard North Patterson, April Smith, Lisa Gardner, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.
Next summer, TNT will look to build on its ratings wins with the high-profile debuts of Dallas, an all-new series based on the long-running hit, and Perception, a unique crime drama starring Emmy® winner Eric McCormack as an eccentric neuroscientist who helps the government solve complex cases. Following next summer’s series finale of The Closer, TNT will premiere Major Crimes, a new series with two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell reprising her role from The Closer as Capt. Sharon Raydor.
TNT, one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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With TNT's long-running series "The Closer" winding down to it's series finale next year, there's no doubt which other cable hit is gunning for its spot as the most-watched cable series. "Rizzoli & Isles," which started strong out of the gate when it premiered last year, has been nipping at the heels of Kyra Sedgwick's procedural drama in terms of the ratings and has also been performing so well this summer that TNT recently gave the Angie Harmon/Sasha Alexander starrer an early order for a 15-episode season three that will air in 2012.
To find out more about the initial casting of leads Harmon and Alexander, how closely the series is sticking - or not sticking - to the Tess Gerritsen books as well as a few teases as to what is coming in the rest of season two, our Jim Halterman chatted with series creator Janet Tamaro last week.
Jim Halterman: The chemistry between Angie and Sasha is the stuff that TV shows live and die by. Did you see that chemistry from the start?
Janet Tamaro: Yes! Once we had Angie attached, we knew we had a show but trying to find someone who would come in as a different flavor, not the same physical type and who could hold the screen the way she could hold the screen was a hard thing to do. In the books, Dr. Maura Isles has dark hair, is sort of Morticia-like and is nothing like Sasha Alexander or anything like this character that I developed. It works beautifully in the book but it wouldn't work well in television because of the dark hair, pale skin and Tess Gerritsen will be the first to tell you, there's no humor in the book and I really wanted to do something that smashed together that dark/light thing that happens in life when you have a job like a homicide detective or, like me, I was a reporter and I covered all sorts of really gruesome crimes.
JH: How did you end up with Sasha?
JT: I think we saw every available actress who was interested in doing television... and then I watched tape on Sasha and loved that 'want' she has and thought 'Oh, it doesn't fit this dark medical examiner at all but there's something really lovely about her.' We couldn't get her into test because she wasn't interested at that point in coming back to doing a series. She was getting work but we finally coaxed her in and put her in a room with Angie and it was KABOOM! It was absolute magic and they made each other laugh and they immediately hugged and it's like the new girl starting at school and spotting the girl who is going to be her best friend.
Actor Beau Bridges' eight-year-old granddaughter is following in the family business - she's landed a guest role in crime drama series Rizzoli & Isles.
Bridges' son Jordan stars as Frankie Rizzoli, Jr., a police officer in Boston, Massachusetts, on the hit TV show, and he saw an opportunity to work with his little girl Lola in an upcoming episode.
He tells People magazine, "I saw the first draft of the script and it called for a girl who looked a bit like me and could potentially be my daughter."
But Jordan Bridges, 37, admits it wasn't easy keeping playful Lola focused on the job at hand.
He says, "She's outgoing and loves to perform. But this was a lesson that it's work. You can't be off chasing butterflies - which she did sometimes. There was a location with a pond, and she made herself a little fishing pole. When they call the actors to their places, you've got to move. And she was like, 'No! No! I've got to catch more fish.'"
Little Lola will have plenty of career advisors if she chooses to pursue a career in Hollywood when she's older - Jordan's uncle is Oscar winner Jeff Bridges.
TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles (Mondays at 10/9c) will shed light on Det. Vince Korsak’s past by introducing viewers to one of the top cop’s three (!) ex-wives — and Lolita Davidovich (Blaze) has scored the plum gig.
TVLine has learned exclusively that in a December episode titled "Seventeen Ain't So Sweet," Davidovich will guest-star as Melody Patterson, the former Mrs. whose son Vince raised for 10 years. What brings her back into his orbit — romantic pining? A wish to reflect on old times? How about… her hope that her former hubby will invest some coin in her new business. Hmm.
Rizzoli & Isles executive producer Janet Tamaro says of Davidovich’s casting, "I have always wanted to work with Lolita, and tailored this role for her."
In a recent interview (with his hometown paper, the Santonio Express-News), McGill shared his excitement over the chance to explore Korsak's background, saying, "You'll get to know much more about who the guy is…. [T]he specter of one of [his ex-wives] will be returning."
In her latest crime thriller, the 'Rizzoli and Isles' author Tess Gerritsen incorporates the Asian American experience, a subject she has avoided for years.
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen's wildly popular crime thrillers are known for their creepy and complex plot twists that keep readers wondering "whodunit" until the very last chapter.
But with the release of "The Silent Girl", the newest novel in her series that inspired the television show "Rizzoli and Isles," Gerritsen has pulled perhaps her best twist yet: she's Chinese American and she's no longer afraid to write about it.
"Years ago I was told by a publisher that readers just won’t buy books like that," Gerritsen said in a phone call from her home in Camden, Maine. "But this time I thought, you know, I'm not getting any younger. I want to tell this story from my own childhood while I still can, while it's still fresh in my mind."
As a romance novelist at the beginning of her writing career, a publisher informed Gerritsen that their statistics showed that books featuring Asian Pacific American heroes or heroines did not sell well.
So for the past 25 years, she rejected "Asian themes" and chose to hide her ethnicity behind her Dutch married name, scared of how being seen as a Chinese American author might affect her potential readership.
"The Silent Girl" is Gerritsen’s "coming out" novel.
The ninth book in the "Rizzoli and Isles" series hit number three on The New York Times Best Sellers list after its release on July 5.
"Rizzoli & Isles" uses the same cops-and-crooks format as a host of other shows. But the TNT series, now in its second season, has become the most watched drama on cable.
What makes it so different is a laughing matter.
Janet Tamaro, "Rizzoli & Isles creator and executive producer, wanted to give her show a very realistic splash of comedy. Before working in TV, Tamaro was a journalist, covering cynical cops who used humor to deal with the darkness of their jobs.
"That's how they got through it. You talk about your life and you say things that in context are funny but you couldn't say anywhere else. So it was important to me to mash together the dark and the light and have those moments of relief because that's what real cops are like," Tamaro says during an interview on the set.
That's why it's not unusual to find the show's cops and medical examiner discussing topics like fashion while standing over a corpse. Fashion is a big source of humor as Sasha Alexander's character - medical examiner Maura Isles - often shows up at crime scenes in very expensive outfits.
The characters' home lives provide laughs too.
"We cast brilliant actors who are also comedians and that was wildly helpful delivering funny lines. They are all good at making fast turns from joke to dead body and back," Tamaro says.
Lorraine Bracco doesn't fit that mold. Until being cast on the TNT series as Detective Jane Rizzoli's mother, she only worked as a serious actor in "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas." But her castmates say she's a crack-up.
Alexander got to show a bit of comic skill working on "NCIS." When she shot the first episode of "Rizzoli & Isles," she played the part lighter than the character in the Tess Gerritsen novels that inspired the series.
"We all have a certain way of interacting so there became more and more humor. Clearly this year they've embraced it with all the characters," Alexander says. "This show is a little bit like shooting a zombie movie. We have this stuff that can be funny and then all of sudden you have this crime that's so gruesome. But the emotional content of the scene could be quite funny."
Bruce McGill, who plays Detective Vince Korsak, has bounced between funny and serious roles his entire career. A police drama, with its blend of personality and plot, lets him draw on both.
"Procedurals are bound by science and experience, but humor is mostly out of character and relationships," McGill says. "A lot of the humor comes out of this also being a family show and that's why a program will stay on the air. People want to come back and see what's going on with the family. So far, it looks like they like what we are doing."
Think you know #RandI pretty well? Time to test it out!
-Another season of Rizzoli & Isles means another round of Trivia! This time, we'll be asking one trivia question per week based on the episodes in Season 2 of Rizzoli & Isles.
- Questions will be asked first on Twitter so pay attention to both @JaneRizzoli and @MauraIsles so you don’t miss one!
-Questions will be posted to Twitter and Facebook Mondays at 9:30pm EST (Week 1: August 15). You will have until the following Tuesday at 9:30pm EST (Week 1: August 16) to email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to email your answers rather than replying on Twitter and Facebook!
-To give everyone a fair chance, please do not share your answers.
-Winners will be randomly selected from all participants who answer the week’s question correctly. More information on prizes to follow.
Notice from Maura's attorney: No purchase necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Contest for entertainment purposes only. Contest rules subject to change without notice, void wherever prohibited by law. Contest is governed by U.S. law and subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. All trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
"Rizzoli & Isles" is on TV Guide Top Moments of the Week list.
8. Best Striptease: Rizzoli & Isles runs subtext deep into the ground when Maura tells her unfashionable pal that her pantsuit is inappropriate for her date at a fancy-schmancy restaurant. So Maura takes matters into her own hands — with a little help. "Unzip me," she tells Jane as she slinks out of her curve-hugging magenta dress, explaining that they're going to swap outfits. And that they do — with Maura even taking a scalpel to her expensive heels to make comfy peep-toes for Jane — before standing back to admire their efforts. "You look sexy," Maura says. Oh, just get a room already!
Tess will be traveling to New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, and in the US this fall for various appearances. Come and meet the lady who gave us Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles.
NEW ZEALAND TOUR: August 18: Auckland. "An Evening with Tess Gerritsen", The Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby.
August 19 -20: New Zealand Romance Writers Conference
August 21: Christchurch. Setting the Stage for Murder: Two award-winning American crime writers, Tess Gerritsen and John Hart discuss their latest novels in a riveting session. This will be followed by the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel by a New Zealand writer in 2010, with the finalists all reading excerpts from their thrilling tales. 11.00am – TelstraClear Club, Hagley Park $20 – www.artsfestival.co.nz
AUSTRALIA BOOK TOUR: AUGUST 23: Adelaide. Speech and signing. Mount Barker Community Library, Dumas Street, Mt. Barker. 6:30 PM.
AUGUST 24: Sydney. Camden Library Event, Camden Civic Centre, corner Mitchell and Oxley Streets, Camden. 6 PM.
August 26: Melbourne Writers Festival, Friday Night Live. 9 PM
August 27: Melbourne Writers Festival Crime Panel 11:30 AM.
August 27, Melbourne Writers Festival panel
August 28: Melbourne Writers Festival: "The Morning Read" panel, 10 AM.
US events: October 13: Youngtown, OH. An evening with Tess Gerritsen, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave, Youngtown, OH. 6 PM. For more information: www.libraryvisit.org.
October 22: Chardon, OH. An evening with Tess Gerritsen, hosted by the Geauga County Library Foundation. 7 PM.
TURKEY: November 12 – 19: Istanbul Book Fair, Turkey
With 6,502,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery last night, TNT’s blockbuster hit The Closer ranked as basic cable’s most-watched program of the day. The show also averaged 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 2 million adults 25-54.
TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles followed with 6,455,000 viewers, its biggest Live + Same Day audience of the season. Among key demos, the show garnered 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 2.3 million adults 25-54.
The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are currently running neck-and-neck as basic cable’s top scripted series of 2011.
The show's creator feels more pressure now that her crime drama has started its second season on TNT
A New London native, the creator and executive producer of the TNT crime series Rizzoli & Isles, says the downside of her show's success is the additional stress.
"The second season, there's a lot more pressure," Janet Tamaro told Patch. "During the first season nobody expected anything. TNT was looking for a companion to The Closer and had been looking for a very long time. But now there's more pressure because everyone is looking to us to do the same thing again."
Doing the same thing means continuing to deliver solid ratings with her show about Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), characters based on the crime novels of Tess Gerritsen. In the first season, the two characters combined their sharp minds and quirky chemistry to take some notorious criminals off the streets of Boston. The second season began last month.
TNT has renewed crime solver Rizzoli & Isles for a third season, with an order for 15 additional episodes in 2012. Rizzoli & Isles launched out of The Closer this season with 8.6 million viewers, and remains basic cable’s two most-watched shows for the year to-date.
Tamaro was born in New London and attended grammar school in Groton through third grade. Her family moved to Massachusetts and then, a few years later, to California. She says she remains as fond as ever of her New England roots. "I love the East Coast," she said. "It smells, sounds and feels like home."
TNT's blockbuster crime drama Rizzoli & Isles scored a remarkable 9 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its July 18 episode, beating its July 11 season premiere (8.6 million) by 4%. This marks the fourth time Rizzoli & Isles has hit the 9 million mark. In addition, the July 18 episode also scored 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54, both up 7% compared to the show's season premiere.
Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, ranked as basic cable's #1 series of 2010 and is currently running neck-and-neck with The Closer as basic cable’s top series of 2012. TNT announced last week that it has ordered a third season of Rizzoli & Isles.
"Tommy Rizzoli is the youngest child who got a little bit too coddled; he got a little bit too much mommy time," Rizzoli & Isles scribe Janet Tamaro told LA TV Insider Examiner during a visit to the Los Angeles set two weeks ago.
Tommy has been in jail and thus far has yet to be seen; he has only been talked about by his adoring but wary family. Until now. In tonight's episode, "Don't Hate The Player," Tommy makes his first appearance, returning home and into the waiting arms of his mother. The charming Colin Egglesfield was cast in the role and will appear in three episodes within this second season.
"Each time he comes, things get a little bit darker; it gets a little scarier around that Rizzoli household," Tamaro continued. "And what's fun for me is, if you talk to cops, they say it’s a fine line between being a cop and a criminal, and I think it is a fine line. The Rizzolis-- two of them went one way, and the other went the other way."
Look out for fresh-faced beauty Tessa Thompson on season 2 of TNT's original series "Rizzoli & Isles."
The "For Colored Girls" star will play Special Agent Anna Farrell in an episode slated to air this December. As a member of the Boston Police Department, Tessa's character takes the helm of an FBI Task Force investigating a series of mysterious bank robberies.
Angie Harmon is an officer, but not a gentlewoman.
On the TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles," the Texas native plays tough-talking Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. "Few people know that underneath the often bland serious clothes I wear on the show and sensible shoes, I have a great pedicure. I'm very girly, but I have to hide it for this role."
"I don't take down perps and worry about a broken nail," she says, joking.
Last week TNT ordered 15 more episodes for next summer of the hit drama (9 p.m. Mondays), based on characters created by crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. "The woman I play is smart. She's funny because life is funny."
"The amazing thing is, I think that as Angie I'm very fun and fun-loving. I love to make people laugh. But Angie the actor usually gets the dramatic, very heavy roles to play."
Managing a series as well as her daughters and husband, former NFL player Jason Sehorn, isn't easy. "It's great to have a cable show where I can shoot for a few months a year, and then go be mommy the rest of the time," Harmon says.
Harmon also is a horror fan, who watches "Alien" every Christmas Eve. “In my top five favorite movies, two of them are 'Alien' and 'Aliens.'
"I love to make people laugh, but I also love the darker things in life."
"I'm an adrenaline junkie. Just cruising along at a normal capacity doesn't do anything for me."
TNT has booked its blockbuster series Rizzoli & Isles for a third season. The record-breaking drama – from Warner Horizon Television and starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander – is in the midst of a terrific second season that has it running neck-and-neck with The Closer as this year's top basic cable series. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles for its third season, which is slated to launch in summer 2012. The show's second season will continue airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) through Sept. 12. Rizzoli & Isles will return to wrap up its second season with new episodes in November and December.
Rizzoli & Isles launched this summer with 8.6 million viewers, joining The Closer and Falling Skies in giving TNT three premieres with at least 8.0 million viewers, the first time a cable network has ever achieved that level of success. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are currently basic cable's top two series for the year-to-date, with Falling Skies ranking as the top new series.
"This summer, Rizzoli & Isles has proven that last year's record-breaking ratings were just the beginning of this show’s remarkable track record," said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With a terrific cast, a top-notch production team and the kind of stories TNT fans crave, Rizzoli & Isles is poised to continue its success alongside blockbuster TNT series like The Closer and Falling Skies."
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals. Lorraine Bracco co-stars as Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill and Jordan Bridges.
Rizzoli & Isles was developed for television by Janet Tamaro and is produced by Warner Horizon Television, Tamaro's Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions. Tamaro and Haber serve as executive producers for the second season, along with Joel Fields and Michael Zinberg. Michael M. Robin serves as a consulting producer.
A strong social media presence for the popular drama “Rizzoli & Isles” pays off; the television series is found in the ninth position collecting 78,596 new fans. Rounding out the countdown, it is once again that time of year where we get frightened of the water: “Shark Week” returns to our list. and it brings with it a weekly growth total of 76,307 on Facebook.
I’m so excited to have Sasha Alexander, star of TNT's smash hit, Rizzoli and Isles, here today. I'm partially excited because she is so down-to-earth and lovely, and a busy working mom like many of us, raising her two young children – a daughter who is 5, and a son who was born in December. But I'm just as excited because – if you've seen the show – you know that she and Angie Harmon represent real, complicated, smart, driven women…exactly what TV used to lack and exactly what TV is now bursting with if you look in the right places. And Rizzoli and Isles is indeed one of the right places. It airs Monday nights (tonight!) on TNT at 10pm – and if you've missed it, you can catch up On Demand – so set those DVRs if you haven't already. But truly, Sasha works hard at finding her balance, and that's the best part of having her stop by The Balance Sheet. If you don’t follow her on Twitter, be sure to click over there as soon as you're doing reading her Q/A! (And don't be shy – please do leave her a comment below if you're so inspired!) :)
1) This is a blog about balance in parenting. I've learned balance by saying no (to outside distractions), saying yes (to my kids when I can and when reasonable), and trying not to be perfect. You're a busy working mom: how have you found balance between your home and work life?
I work on it every day. Staying flexible and focused on what my priorities are. Keeping a good schedule is the most important thing for me because my family knows what to count on. That way when I am at work, I can concentrate on work. And at home, I can concentrate on my family. I also have a great support system in my husband, family and mommy friends. They understand what I go through and always help me keep things in perspective.
2) What's the most important thing that your own parents taught you?
Respect. For them, for others. They never compromised on this. You treat people the way you wish them to treat you. Both my parents had strong european upbringings, manners were a must.
3) What's the biggest lesson that your children have taught you?
Patience and the ability to just be in the moment. I read THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD by Alice Miller when I was 18, and it affected me so much. The idea that all children need is our love and they learn how to love from their parents first and it then affects the rest of their lives. I just love my children every day and allow them to love me. That's what I’ve learned most.
4) I know that when I'm really in the midst of a busy work cycle, I make sure to give my kids a sliver of time each day of my totally undivided attention – no phone, no email, no distractions. Like a lot of working moms, your work days can be long as well. Do you have any of your own tips or tricks to keep you connected to your kids when the busy cycle strikes?
I just carve out special alone time. Doing an activity they they choose and going along with them. Whether that is only 15 minutes a day or all day. I always call and catch up throughout the day and make sure to speak with them before going to bed. And little treats always help: anything from bringing home flowers for my daughter’s room – pink tulips are her favorite – to a trip to the ice cream shop. Sweets are always a winner. To any little small gift that just lets her know I'm thinking of her and love her. It usually doesn’t matter what it is, just the gesture that makes her happy.
5) Rizzoli and Isles is an awesome portrayal of real, smart, focused women. You and Angie Harmon are both raising daughters…how important is it to you to put out that positive role model for these future young women, and do you think the show has been as successful as it has because other women adore seeing these kick-ass types of figures?
Being a positive female role model is vital to me. That doesn't mean I wont play characters that are damaged or troubled. They just have heart and are fighting for something important. My children will see my work one day, and I don't want to look back and have them asking me why I did something. I think our show is successful because it's well written and fun to watch. Women have particularly responded to Maura and Jane because they are the epitome of modern women. Independent, strong-willed, opinionated, and they have the confidence to do what they want to be doing. I am so proud when I hear that a high school girl who is gifted in science is more inclined to pursue the field because a character like Maura has helped inspire her. Nothing could be more gratifying and a bigger compliment.
6) What’s your family's favorite way to spend the weekend?
Cuddling in bed, swimming, making lunch at home and eating out under our pear tree. Having friends come over. Having no plans is the best weekend I can dream of!
TNT’s blockbuster hit The Closer scored a massive audience of 9.3 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its July 11 season premiere. Rizzoli & Isles followed with a remarkable 8.6 million viewers in Live +
7. Both season premieres rank as basic cable’s top scripted telecasts for the year-to-date and, combined with the June 19 series premiere of Falling Skies, mark the first time in basic cable history that three shows have premiered with at least 8.0 million viewers in the same year.
The Closer’s strong seventh season premiere outpaced last year’s sixth season premiere by 5%. Among key adult demos, the seventh season premiere of The Closer scored 2.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.5 million adults 25-54, while the Rizzoli & Isles season premiere delivered more than 2.3 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54.
The Closer stars Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a top-notch investigator whose career may now be on the line as a result of her frequently unorthodox methods. The Closer’s seventh season will feature 10 episodes this summer, with additional episodes in the winter and the conclusion of the series in 2012. The Closer will be followed next year by the new series Major Crimes. Created by James Duff, The Closer is produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess
Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a
tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable’s #1 series during its first season. It is currently neck-and-neck with The Closer for 2011. Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions.
Falling Skies takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack
that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood. Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Peter Shinkoda. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Graham Yost and Robert
Rodat also serve as executive producers.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild
Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
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