The Labor Day episodes of TNT's top-rated dramas The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles built on their already outstanding deliveries through time-shifted viewing. The Closer climbed to more than 9 million viewers in Live + 7, the best performance since its July 11 season premiere. The show also delivered 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million adults 25-54. Rizzoli & Isles scored a final delivery of more than 9.2 million viewers in Live + 7, the fourth time this season the show eclipsed the 9 million mark. Among demos, the episode grew to 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 3.5 million adults 25-54.
For the year-to-date, Rizzoli & Isles is on pace to repeat its first-season victory as basic cable's most-watched drama. The Closer continues to prove its strength in its seventh and final season, ranking a strong second behind Rizzoli & Isles. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are set to return with all-new episodes Monday, Nov. 28.
"I'm probably one of the few showrunners in town who's sat face-to-face with a serial killer," Tamaro says. "He said he wouldn't kill me, he'd just rape me." That was back in her former life as an ABC news correspondent, which gave her plenty of material for her second career as a writer-producer. After two years on "Bones," in May 2008 Tamaro channeled her gritty past into the "Rizzoli" pilot, and by that September, she'd already cast Angie Harmon as one of the leads. The show debuted to huge numbers in July, becoming the second-highest-rated cable series of the summer (behind its lead-in, "The Closer").
Favorite TV Moment: "My parents did not believe in television, though I was a secret TV junkie. I nearly electrocuted myself once trying to get the TV to work."
Big Break: "I wrote Episode 13 of 'Law & Order: SVU' while I was still a working journalist. I was there for filming and in one scene, this young actress plays a drug addict and gets shot. I was almost giddy when she got up and they said, 'Let's do it again.' I was like, 'She's alive!' That I could fictionalize this stuff and not live it was a relief."
TNT's blockbuster series The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles closed out their remarkable summer last Monday, with The Closer drawing 7.9 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery to rank as basic cable's #1 drama for the week. The Closer also averaged 2 million adults 18-49 and 2.6 million adults 25-54. Rizzoli & Isles came in a close second for the week among basic cable dramas, drawing 7.7 million viewers in Live + 3. The hit drama also garnered 2.2 million adults 18-49 and 2.8 million adults 25-54.
TNT's Monday dramas continue to score outstanding numbers in time-shifted viewing, with the Aug. 29 episode of Rizzoli & Isles climbing to a final delivery of more than 9.3 million viewers in Live + 7, its largest audience of the season. Among demos, the episode grew to 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54. The Aug. 29 installment of The Closer finished up with 8.8 million viewers in Live + 7, including 2.3 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54.
For the year-to-date, Rizzoli & Isles is on pace to repeat its first-season victory as basic cable’s most-watched drama. The Closer continues to prove its strength in its seventh and final season, ranking a strong second behind Rizzoli & Isles. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are set to return with all-new episodes Monday, Nov. 28.
Jordan Bridge’s last name is a famous one. The son of multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Beau Bridges, grandson of the late, great Lloyd Bridges and nephew of Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, Jordan has carved out his own significant body of work in the acting business. Currently in a recurring role in the TNT TV show Rizzoli & Isles and with a role in the upcoming Clint Eastwood picture, J. Edgar, slated for theaters at the end of autumn, Jordan is on an upwardly arcing trajectory. You can listen to the entire interview with Jordan below.
TNT's blockbuster series The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles continued their terrific summer run by ranking as the Top 2 scripted programs last week on basic cable. Rizzoli & Isles scored an outstanding 8.8 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, its biggest L+3 audience for the season-to-date. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles chalked up 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54. The Closer drew a strong 8.6 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, the hit series' second-biggest L+3 audience of the season-to-date. The Closer also garnered 2.3 million adults 18-49 and 3 million adults 25-54.
TNT's powerful performance in time-shifted viewing provided the network's original dramas with major gains. The Aug. 22 episode of Rizzoli & Isles grew to 8.9 million viewers in Live + 7, with 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54. The Closer scored an outstanding 8.8 million viewers in Live +7 for its Aug. 22 episode, with 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million adults 25-54. Meanwhile, the Aug. 28 summer finale of TNT’s hit caper drama Leverage grew to 4.5 million viewers, 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million adults 25-54.
Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Burke are heading back to Boston.
Both Bisset’s Constance Isles -- Maura's (Sasha Alexander) adoptive mother – and Burke's FBI agent Gabriel Dean will return for the Season 2 finale of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The December finale will see Agent Dean show up unexpectedly to rekindle his relationship with Angie Harmon’s Detective Jane Rizzoli only to have a big case disrupt their time together.
Bisset first guest starred in August when the art historian appeared to focus on a case involving a sniper and Revolutionary War re-enactors.
Based on the books by Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is averaging more than 8.8 million viewers this summer, ranking as cable’s most-watched drama series.
Bisset is repped by Steve Kenis & Company, Media Artists Group and Binder & Associates. Burke is with Gersh and Ellen Meyer Management.
After 22 successful novels, ranging from romantic suspense to New York Times best-selling medical and crime thrillers, Tess Gerritsen says she realised it had become time to truly embrace her own ethnicity in her work.
While she has drawn on some of her experiences as a physician in her previous books, which have sold more than 20 million copies, it wasn't until The Silent Girl, just released in New Zealand, that she strongly incorporated another important part of herself - her Chinese-American heritage.
"With my mother's health fading, I thought it was time to explore who I am and where I come from," she says. "If not now, then when?"
Gerritsen started writing while on maternity leave from her job as a doctor in Hawaii in the mid-1980s. Her earliest novels were more romantic, and she recalls being advised by editors that books with Asian-American major characters weren't successful, and that there was little marketplace for the Asian-American voice. That stuck with Gerritsen, the daughter of a Chinese immigrant and a Chinese-American, for a long time. Even as she toned down the romance and turned up the thrills as her career flourished, that reticence towards evoking her own culture remained.
TNT's Monday night juggernaut of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles topped the charts this week as basic cable's #1 and #2 programs. Rizzoli & Isles shot to the top with its Live + 3 delivery of 8.8 million viewers. The Closer grew to an outstanding 8.3 million viewers in Live + 3. Both shows ranked as the top scripted series among adults 25-54, with Rizzoli & Isles scoring 3.1 million in Live + 3 and The Closer coming in with 2.8 million.
TNT's time-shifted viewing power continued, with the Aug. 15 episode of Rizzoli & Isles growing to 9.1 million viewers in Live + 7, its second-biggest audience of the season. The episode also garnered 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54. The Closer scored its second-biggest audience of the season, with 8.9 million viewers in Live +7. In the demos, the Aug. 15 episode averaged 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54. Meanwhile, the Aug. 21 episode of Leverage grew to 4.5 million viewers, 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 2 million adults 25-54. And the Aug. 16 season finale of Memphis Beat scored a season-best 5.2 million viewers, with 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54.
(CBS) It's the start of the new TV season, everyone! Yay! With another bumper crop of cop and investigation shows coming - including JJ Abrams' "Alcatraz," "Bones" spin-off "The Finder" and "Grimm" to name a few - we take a look at classic and recent shows that feature partners.
Q) What are the recent projects you are working on?
A) I am currently in production on "Rizzoli and Isles," where I play Frankie, Jr. He's a patrol officer whose sister is a detective, played by Angie Harmon. I am also appearing later this year in the movie J. Edgar, which is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) They were assembling an amazing cast like Bruce McGill, Sasha Alexander, Angie Harmon and Lorraine Bracco and that was incredibly exciting. I had played a fireman once before. I've never played a cop and I liked the idea of getting into that world and seeing what it's all about.
Q) What keeps challenging about you the role of Frankie?
A) I think the interesting challenge of playing Frankie is that he is kind of coming into a field where his sister has done incredibly well. He's a little bit in her shadow. So, that is kind of an interesting challenge that the character has. Then, in terms of personally, what's challenging is that I am in there with some incredibly talented, skilled actors. So, I am constantly having to raise my game and play at their level. Those are the kinds of challenges that I live for so it's great.
Q) Where do you draw from to portray this character?
A) We work with retired Detective Russell Grant and he was a homicide detective in the Boston Police Department. He's been invaluable in making sure we're authentic. He definitely made it possible for me to go to Boston early on. When we were shooting the pilot, I got to go to Boston. I spent a week there and I got to do a ride-along and I conducted interviews with a lot of patrol officers. I just tried to soak in as much as I could. That was probably one of my favorite things about doing the show so far.
When Colin Egglesfield first appeared on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" as Det. Jane Rizzoli's ex-con brother, Tommy, everyone suspected he was up to no good.
Things don't change when he returns in the Sept. 5 episode, "Gone Daddy Gone," and when the show returns for its winter season Nov. 28.
"He does find himself in trouble," Egglesfield, who grew up in Crete, Ill., said. "There are a couple of instances where some crimes happen and they think Tommy did it and we're not sure if he did or not, or if he's going to end up back in jail."
Tommy also spends some quality time with Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander)—"there's some sexual chemistry there"—which doesn’t sit well with Rizzoli (Angie Harmon).
Egglesfield wouldn't give many more hints about Tommy's future in the upcoming episode or the winter episode for which he is booked, but he did say that if asked, he’d join the show full-time.
"Absolutely. I love this character and I love the show … He's been a really fun character to play," he said, adding that Harmon and Alexander are great to work with.
Egglesfield, who spends time with his brother in Wrigleyville when he visits Chicago, talked more about his "Rizzoli & Isles" experience, his upcoming movies and getting to throw out the first pitch and sing the seventh-inning stretch at a Cubs game.
I saw the first episode you were in. I felt kind of bad for your character though; nobody believed him. Yeah, well, that's just seems to be Tommy's lot in life because he's done a few shady things, so he's not the easiest guy to trust.
He's trying to get it together, right?
He's definitely got a good heart, but he always just kind of seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He's got a little bit of a temper, so when he thinks anything is unjust he tends to not be afraid to voice his opinion on things and that’s what usually gets him in trouble.
That's sort of what his sister does, too.
How do you think hardened Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) will feel when her screw-up of a brother, Tommy (Melrose Place's Colin Egglesfield), begins to court her best friend, Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander)?
That question will be raised when Egglesfield makes his return to TNT's Rizzoli & Isles (10/9c, Monday). "He starts to have a little thing with Maura Isles because he's living in her house," Egglesfield tells TVGuide.com. "They start playing some chess games together and, kind of like The Thomas Crown Affair, there's a little sexual chemistry that starts to develop between the two of them."
Clearly, Jane will be displeased that Tommy, who recently finished a prison term, will be trying to corrupt Maura -- at least that's how Jane sees it. "She's definitely someone who's not happy with this because she knows Tommy and she knows how unpredictable he can be," he says. "So, not only is Jane apprehensive of letting Maura get involved with Tommy for that reason, because it's her best friend, but Tommy's the kind of guy who likes to push people's buttons and he's pushing Jane's."
While the rest of the Rizzoli family knows what a misfit Tommy is, Maura offers him a fresh start. "When Tommy's with her, she is a sense of groundedness that he lacks in his life," he says. "At the same time, I think Tommy is exciting for Maura because he's a little dangerous."
Still, Egglesfield is quick to defend Tommy, who he says isn't necessarily the bad guy the Rizzoli family has made him out to be. "The longer he's around, the more you start to see that he's a good guy and that we want to trust him, but at the same time, he's not someone you instinctively would trust because of his past history."
Hmmm. Maybe he'll prove to be a proper suitor for Maura. Who doesn't want to see more of the Melrose Place alum around?
Rizzoli & Isles is about to make like The Thomas Crown Affair.
That's how Colin Egglesfield described his return to the TNT hit this Monday night, as Tommy is released from prison, crashes at Jane's house and gets close to Maura.
"They play chess together and there are some intense battles," Egglesfield told me. "They develop chemistry. There's a lot of sexual tension there, although Maura is a little hesitant to pursue anything."
Aside from some serious flirting, will Tommy get back into a life of crime? The actor would only hint at what's to come Monday and on a winter episode for which he's also booked.
"There might be some criminal activity," he said. "But is he falling off the deep end? Is he running with the bad crowd again? Or is he just at the wrong place at the wrong time?"
There may be questions surrounding Tommy's future, but there's no questioning how much fun Egglesfield says he's had on set.
"Angie is always amped up, she's like the Energizer Bunny," he said of one-co star. "I don't know if she drinks 20 cups of coffee everyday or if that's just her personality."
Sasha Alexander, meanwhile "is a little more low-key, but she has a wicked sense of humor. She's always cracking jokes before a take, it's hard to keep a straight face."