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30 December 2011

NY Daily News List of Most Memorable TV Characters for 2011


7. Sasha Alexander, "Rizzoli and Isles," TNT.

Alexander plays Isles, who's buddies with Angie Harmon's Rizzoli, and the show keeps the two parts well balanced.

Without taking anything away from the well-established Harmon, though, Alexander has in many ways become the more intriguing.

She seems to be this, yet there's still a little of that. She uses big words, not a gun. She seems to be just plain nice, then sometimes she isn't. She makes Isles more than she seems.




27 December 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Boss on Season Finale: I Wanted to Leave Them at Odds

Image[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 finale. Read at your own risk.]

What could possibly drive BFFs Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles apart?

We found out in the Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 finale after Jane (Angie Harmon) shoots Maura's estranged father/crime boss/No. 1 on the FBI's most wanted list, Paddy Doyle (John Doman), as he was trying to defend Maura (Sasha Alexander) from the culprit our titular crime-fighters were attempting to apprehend. Paddy takes a few hits before falling off a sky-high ledge. He's not dead yet, but he might as well be given Maura's uncharacteristically primal and ferocious order to Jane to back away from her dad, who had earlier told her about her biological mother and explained that he wanted to be a good father.

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If that's not enough for one person to deal with, Paddy's shooting came days after Maura's adoptive mother, Constance (Jacqueline Bisset), was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident intended to harm Maura. "I wanted the finale to be big and complicated and gothic and overwhelming for Maura," executive producer Janet Tamaro tells "This intersects her family, her job and most importantly, her friendship with Jane, which is now at risk."

Can Jane and Maura find their way back to BFF-dom again? What will happen to Paddy? Will Maura meet her biological mother? Tamaro answers our burning questions about the finale and what's in store for Season 3.

First of all, I think everyone wants to know: Does Paddy die?
Janet Tamaro: When I was doing my research about how high that catwalk was and how big a fall that was onto rock-hard concrete, let's just say it's touch and go. I love John Doman. He won't be coming back as a ghost. It wasn't a dream. I think there's more life to Paddy Doyle, but he could survive and then die. I [have decided] what I'm going to do.

How did this ending come about?
Tamaro: I decided midway through the season. It's not mandated by the network that you have to do a cliff-hanger, but as a writer, I like coming up with a good cliff-hanger. As a viewer, I hate it! [Laughs] I hate that final frame where you go, "What?! You're kidding me!" I knew I wanted to leave them at odds with each other and I knew I didn't want to do a repeat of Season 1 where there's some sort of deadly shooting cliff-hanger involving one of them. I wanted to leave the two women with some massively unresolved conflict and a conflict where you can see both sides.

We've seen Maura and Jane have little tiffs, but never at odds like this.
Tamaro: Right. That's when I think both actresses are best. Their chemistry is wonderful with the comedic moments and they both have a different level of intensity, but they're both really interesting when they're in conflict because of what they do and how they process their work. Hopefully, those last few seconds, where we're going off of Jane's face, where she's feeling something so palpable and so upsetting, it shows what I'm intending: In those horrific moments in life, you don't act in predictable ways.

How will this affect their relationship? Jane was doing her job, but will Maura see it that way? Can she forgive her?
Tamaro: That's something we're going to explore as they find their way back. There won't be a whole lot of time passed. It's a big rift. No matter how Maura tries to look at it, all she can see is Jane pulling the trigger and her father falling. ... I'll kind of bust myself and say I wrote myself into a corner with that scene. Maura processes things in a logical manner and that was just pure emotion that I think we can all relate to. I don't know that we've seen that kind of fierce, raw emotion from Maura before.

Are they going to be on speaking terms? They do have to work together.
Tamaro: We will play with that for a while. The fun is seeing them together, obviously. As a writer, I can't just wrap that up quickly because it's a big moment in their lives and it's not something that's going to go away. They have to work together, but it won't be easy. I don't think their friendship is beyond repair, but it will take a bit to get back there, if they can. They're almost starting over in a way. A lot of people are curious about how they met and we may get into that.

We just see how stunned and taken aback Jane is. Will she stand her ground and use "doing my job" as her defense or will she feel guilty?
Tamaro: We're going to do something that's not expected. I think we all think we know what Jane Rizzoli will do, but it's more interesting if she doesn't. She even surprises herself with her response. I think she feels more shock and upset than guilt at what's implicit: the loss of that close friendship. Maura is almost filled with intense hatred when she looks at her. I have a 14-year-old, so I know exactly what that feels like! [Laughs] It's really awful! In the moment, her inability to process what's happening is alarming her.

Maura goes through a whole range of emotions when it comes to Paddy, from anger and bitterness to care and concern. Do you think her reaction surprised her?
Tamaro: Who could not feel some tenderness when he pulled out his wallet and showed her the photographs he took with long-lens cameras through her life? When he said, "I wanted to be the guy who could be this little girl's father, but all I could be was a thug," your heart breaks for him. Maura's did too. We're all a combination of good and bad, and no matter how logical it might seem to Maura to not feel anything for him, clearly in the moment he gets shot, she's feeling all kinds of uncomfortable things. I think she was a little surprised, but whether or not she's admitted it, there was genuine concern. Now she has to reconcile those feelings.

It was a very Maura-heavy episode — both of her parents' lives were hanging in the balance — and she and Constance have grown closer this season. Will this be a springboard for more family-centric story lines for her?
Tamaro: Yes, there are a jumble of family stories we're going to pursue. One of the things I like writing about is the family dynamic. Maura's family is very different from Jane's and we're going to find out a whole lot more about Maura's. I wanted this to propel her to learn more about them. Now [that we're going into Season 3] you can really get into background, and Maura's is so mysterious. She's going to learn a lot about herself.

That must mean she'll look up her biological mother.
Tamaro: Yes, I'm certainly curious about her. Aren't you? I think it's too tantalizing not to introduce her. And let's just say if dad dies, dad is the only one who knew who her mother was.

Paddy mumbled "Hope" after he was shot. I take it that's her name?
Tamaro: Yes! He did say "Hope." I'm getting pulled in a lot of different directions in my head [about how to write her]. That's a pretty interesting character. Whoever was involved with Paddy Doyle and had a baby at 18 and is as intellectually gifted as Maura — who is she? I have a pretty strong idea of who she is and where she's been. I'm looking forward to writing that episode and to be able to delve into all that.

How will Constance figure in this? Will she and Hope meet?
Tamaro: That's assuming they haven't met before! They may or may not have met before depending on what kind of adoption it was. It will be complicated for Constance too, as I think it is for any adoptive parent when their child connects with their biological parents. On top of that, she was just in this huge accident, in which she risked her life to save Maura, so that makes it even more difficult.

We can't forget about Agent Dean (Billy Burke). I assume he'll be back given the part he's played in this.
Tamaro: We've got a whole Dean betrayal story to play out. Jane confided in him as a boyfriend about Paddy being back and he said he wasn't going to do anything until she said it was OK, but he does. It's a gray area. The season opener will have massive repercussions from what happened in that warehouse for all of them, and not just emotional.

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




27 December 2011

Interview:Lorraine Bracco and Sasha Alexander on Rizzoli & Isles

ImageRIZZOLI & ISLES, concluding its second season on TNT tonight, is a fan favorite. Not only is the series, based on Tess Gerritsen’s novels, a snappy crime-solving procedural, but it provides a view of supportive female friendship between its leads, Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as coroner Maura Isles, that is rare on television.

This season, Maura has opened her home to Jane’s recently divorced mother Angie, played by Lorraine Bracco. Both actresses, as well as series production designer Bruce Miller, are on hand in the set for Maura's living room. The space is beautiful, airy and wonderfully detailed – for example, a large ornamental pot turns out on examination to be made of thousands of tiny seashells. Visual themes running through this environment, as well as Maura's office set, include both water and death, with the skeletons of starfish and other marine life on display. The two performers and the designer zing off each other with relaxed ease as they answer – and sometimes ask each other – questions about their work on RIZZOLI & ISLES.

ASSIGNMENT X: Did you have any input into any of the production design elements in your character's home?

SASHA ALEXANDER: [Series creator/show runner] Janet Tamaro and I had a conversation when they were doing the house and the office, and it was really just about style. I said to Janet, I felt like [Maura] was Provence-meets-Bali. I felt like this was someone who was well-traveled, who clearly has a quirky and eclectic eye and might have picked up things along her journeys. Bruce is our production designer, and he put that together. So he did an amazing job. These are all new sets this year.

AX: Is there a narrative reason for Maura's interest in the ocean, based on the production design of the home?

BRUCE MILLER: They're dead things. We didn't realize it when we started, but it's all skeletal, and as it kind of blossomed – she's been around the world, she's been in the ocean – the images I thought were really interesting, with fluids, and then the shells came out. She deals with dead humans and then she brings all the dead animals and skeletal things that have some beauty to it. We didn't develop it that way. It just kind of happened. And then the decorator came in here one day and said, "Gee, I've created all of these skeletal things." She deals with skeletons, and she brings the same thing to her house, but it’s the beauty part of it."

ALEXANDER: [Maura's] office [set has] the most amazing picture of five women doing an autopsy.

MILLER: That was a college in New England, I believe.

ALEXANDER: What year?

MILLER: 1895.

ALEXANDER: And it's a real photograph. I also have to add that I feel like in this space [the sets for Maura's home], and also in Maura's office, the beautiful thing that they did was add a tremendous amount of humor to it as well. It's eclectic, it has personality and it feels like these things were found along the way.


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21 December 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Sneak Peek: Jane Gets a Surprise Visit



Look who's back!

On next week's season finale of Rizzoli & Isles, Jane (Angie Harmon) gets an unexpected visit from none other than Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke).

Last we saw the FBI agent in Season 1, he told Jane he would wait for her after she said she's not ready for a relationship. Guess he's done waiting.



21 December 2011

Rizzoli & Isles Finale Scoop





From TV Guide's Mega Buzz:

Anything good happening on Rizzoli & Isles? —Sammy
NATALIE: The most difficult part of being a cop is putting those you love in the way of potential harm. The ladies will learn this the hard way when two family members are the victims of a hit-and-run as well as a shooting.



16 December 2011

Colin Egglesfield joins the cast of Lifetime's The Client List

ImageDon't worry, Colin Egglesfield and Rebecca Field are on the list. The Client List, that is.

The former Melrose Place 2.0 and October Road residents, respectively, have joined the Lifetime series, according to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. The show stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a single mom in Texas who winds up co-running a prostitution business.

The upcoming series, which Lifetime ordered in August, is based on the 2010 Lifetime TV movie of the same name. Egglesfield, 38, would play a new character — the brother-in-law of Hewitt's character, Riley. Field will play her longtime best friend.

Egglesfield currently recurs on Rizzoli & Isles as the brother of Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon). Field most recently recurred on the now-canceled Hawthorne and will guest-star in an episode of Castle early next year.




14 December 2011

Rizzoli & Isles on Zimbio's list of 11 Best TV Shows of 2011

Image11. 'Rizzoli and Isles'
*Editor's Note: When I was making my list of 2011's best shows, I felt that it was lacking in popular, mainstream programs. So I asked my mother, a true and ardent lover of mainstream TV, to tell me what her favorite show of 2011 was. Here's what she had to say...

"The great thing about Rizzoli and Isles is the character interplay. Plots are important, don’t get me wrong. But in most detective shows I can figure out whodunit as soon as the whoduner appears on screen. I think we are all drawn to the personal relationships and interactions of the people on screen, and I loved watching the characters on Rizzoli and Isles develop during the 2nd season. At the end of the day, with crime procedurals it all comes down to — hey, I would really like to hang out with these guys. I want to share a beer at the end of the case!"




13 December 2011

Gallery Update - "Burning Down the House" episode stills




Added episode stills for the season 2 finale, "Burning Down the House", to gallery.

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13 December 2011

Angie Harmon on Raising Three Girls and 'Coming Out' as a Republican in Hollywood

ImageAngie Harmon plays detective Jane Rizzoli on the hit TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles." The Dallas native and former model, who got her break in 'Baywatch Nights,' is happily married to ex-NFL player Jason Sehorn, the mother of three girls, and a proud Republican. Harmon spoke to about her uncanny resemblance to Ali McGraw, being a working mom and the parties she would throw in the White House if she was the first lady!

FOX411: Were you worried about taking another role in the law enforcement area?

Angie Harmon: No I think with 'Rizzoli & Isles,' yes, there's the aspect of the cop drama but there’s also the humanity of our back stories and our lives and our families. It's not strictly quote unquote a cop show. As an actor all we want to do is act and play people. I read the script and saw it was a character that was not only a homicide detective but a daughter, a girlfriend, a friend, obviously that's going to be a lot more interesting than the usual procedural show.

FOX411: I have to ask something. Are you Ali McGraw's secret love child?

Harmon: We have met and it was literally like looking in a mirror. I can only say thank you so much because she is such a beautiful lady and not just physically. I mean that spiritually, emotionally, just who she is as a person is quite extraordinary. So even to be put in the same sentence as her is a really great honor. I can only hope to live up to her standard.

FOX411: You have three daughters. Does your husband, ex-New York Giants football player Jason Sehorn help?

Harmon: Yes he does which is really lovely. I'm so blessed. Jason works in my off season and I work in his. He's an anchor on ESPNU and now that college football is over we both have time off. It's just us and the girls. We don’t have help. We have help when I'm shooting simply because it's the summer vacation but the rest of the time it's just us. On summer vacations Jason can only stand going to whatever girly teapot store so many times a week.

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12 December 2011

An Interview with Maine Crime Writer Tess Gerritsen

ImageAs Maine writers ourselves, we've very interested in how you ended up living and writing in Maine. Can you tell us that story?

Tess: I was living in Hawaii and feeling the effects of "island fever," a condition where you feel trapped, constricted, and cut off from the world. Although Honolulu is a gorgeous place, after 12 years, I needed to be part of the wider world. We came on vacation to Maine, stopped for a few days in Camden, and I stood on the town landing and thought, "This is where I’m meant to be." The town has a wonderful library, multiple bookstores (for a town of only 5000!), and a year-round community. There are writers everywhere. Plus, I loved the idea of changing seasons, and the local schools were good. Luckily, my husband has a portable job (he's a doctor) so we picked up and moved here. And I think it was the best thing that ever happened to my career.

Were you already writing when you moved to Maine?

Tess: Yes. I had already published two romantic suspense novels with Harlequin Intrigue when I moved to Maine. Little did I know that Maine would turn out to be an amazingly creative place that would inspire me to write many more books.

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9 December 2011

Bid on Signed Rizzoli & Isles Poster to Benefit SAG Foundation


SAG is holding their annual holiday auction. You can bid on this small Rizzoli & Isles poster signed by Angie and Sasha.

Proceeds from the Screen Actors Guild Awards Auctions will benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain their award winning children's literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 100,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 1 million views globally each month. The auction also supports the Foundation's Catastrophic Health Fund and emergency services, the Actors Center, and the video preservation of the creative legacy of professional actors.

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9 December 2011

Angie on BuddyTV's list of TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011



Angie is #47 on BuddyTV's list of TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011.




7 December 2011

EP211 "Can I Get A Witness?" Live + 3 Ratings


TNT's blockbuster dramas The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable's most-watched dramas last week, with The Closer leading the pack with 6.9 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (5.4 million in Live + Same Day). Rizzoli & Isles came in a close second with 6.8 million viewers in Live + 3 (4.8 million Live+SD). Among key adult demos, Rizzoli & Isles brought in 2.4 million adults 25-54 in Live + 3 (1.5 million L+SD), while The Closer garnered 2.3 million adults 25-54 in Live + 3 (1.5 million L+SD).




7 December 2011

Gallery Update - "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl" episode stills




Added episode stills for "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl" to gallery.

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5 December 2011

Jane Rizzoli on list of Television's Best Female Detectives of All Time


Who are the greatest female detectives of all time? Funny you should ask. Throughout history, men have dominated the television crime genre in such shows as Mannix, Columbo and The Rockford Files (to name a few). And while we love Jim Rockford, Peter Gunn and Thomas Magnum, it's about time we recognize the authoritative women that make our "streets" safe as well.

From Angie Dickinson to Angie Harmon, we look at 19 of the most respected, powerful and badass female television detectives of all time.

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4 December 2011

Lorraine Bracco at Epcot's Candlelight Processional Dec. 13-15


Lorraine will be the narrator at the Disney Epcot Holidays Around the World - Candlelight Processional.

During the holidays, Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with festive decorations and live entertainment. From Holidays Around The World to Candlelight Processional, delight in the sights and sounds of the season.

Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

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