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20 January 2012

Rizzoli & Isles Star Cops CSI: NY Guest Role

ImageRizzoli & Isles star Lee Thompson Young is about to end up on the other side of a police investigation.

Young, who plays Detective Barry Frost, the weak-stomached partner of Angie Harmon's Rizzoli on the TNT cop drama, has landed a guest-starring role on CSI: NY, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

He will play Kelvin, a Manhattan accountant who has become successful despite a troubled upbringing in the projects. Although viewed by many in his old neighborhood as a hero, when he becomes the victim of a violent armed robbery, the CSIs will have to dig into his new and old life for answers.

Besides his work on Rizzoi & Isles, Young has also held recurring roles on Scrubs, FlashForward, Smallville and The Event.

CSI: NY airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS. Young will appear in this season's penultimate episode, titled "Unwrapped." No air date for the episode has been set.




19 January 2012

Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 Finale (Live +7) Ratings

ImageThe Dec. 26 second season finale of Rizzoli & Isles chalked up 8.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54. For the second season overall, Rizzoli & Isles averaged 8.5 million viewers, 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.1 million adults 25-54.




17 January 2012

Rizzles Con Tickets on Sale Feb. 19


Tickets for Rizzles Con 2012 will go on sale February 19, 2012 at 8am PT / 4pm GMT.

On this date official RizzlesCon 12 merchandise for sale will be revealed.

Further information about ticket sales will be on the TICKETS page. All sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis, payment must be made in full at the time of purchase. Full terms and conditions will be shared on the ticket purchase page. The official ticket vendor is TicketLeap and all secure transactions will go through their processor PayPal.

A new post with the link to buy tickets will be sent just prior to go-live on February 19th, 2012.

Visit RizzlesCon.net for all information



8 January 2012

'Leverage' Creator's Blog Surprisingly Relevant to 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageIn a recent blog entry, John Rogers, the co-creator of the TNT original series "Leverage" made some strong points about character shows versus procedural shows. In his blog entry he was specifically talking about "Leverage," while using shows like "Law & Order" and "Lost" as reference points. Despite the focus of his blog, his points show surprising relevance to another TNT original series "Rizzoli & Isles."

According to Rogers' classifications, "Rizzoli & Isles" has all the window dressing of a show about systems. "Rizzoli & Isles is an hour long police drama that almost always begins with a murder. At first glance the format of the show seems to closely mirror 'Law & Order,' the platonic example of a show about systems," according to Rogers. But first glances can be deceiving.

Peeling back the curtains, "Rizzoli & Isles" episodes never seem to have the "click" that Rogers describes when the mystery is finally solved. This isn't due to poor police work by the titular characters, but is instead due to intentional focus of the show. The show consistently allows character interactions to trump system revelations.

A perfect example of this shows up in Episode 9 of Season 2. Early in the episode Maura Isles believes that her father, Patty Doyle, has killed a woman. To avoid conflict of interest, she pawns the autopsy off on one of her assistants. Later in the episode Doyle is shot and seeks out Maura to tend his injuries. While his wound is being healed, he professes his innocence to Maura. This pushes her to re-examine the autopsy results and look for a different guilty party.

In a show about systems, this series of events never would have happened. Maura would have professionally performed the autopsy and found the evidence to start. Even assuming she didn't do the autopsy, the scene where she stitches her father's wound is completely unbelievable. For it to make sense, the audience must be willing to believe that a major league gangster doesn't have a doctor on staff. That major plot hole is unacceptable in a show about systems, but is perfectly reasonable in a show about relationships.

In his blog entry, Rogers claims that it is possible to determine what a show is about by watching the final scene of the pilot episode. He may be right, but in the case of "Rizzoli & Isles" the final scene of the Season 2 finale is probably even more telling. In that scene, Doyle shoots a man that about to kill his daughter. Then he is shot by the FBI agent and boyfriend of Rizzoli that is breaking a promise he made to Rizzoli. Finally, he is shot by Rizzoli and when she tries to tend that wound, Maura angrily orders her "not to touch him."

The entire scene is a myriad of character interactions and the shredding of various relationships. Despite ostensibly solving the case, the true purpose of the scene is to reveal the first name of Maura's mother while killing the man who knows her full identity. If there were any doubts that this was a show about characters and relationships rather than a show about procedures and systems, that scene put those doubts to rest. Of course, the very fact that title of the show mentions the name of characters and nothing else probably proved that from the start.




8 January 2012

Arresting TV

ImageTNT prides itself on creating memorable characters in equally memorable series. Heck, their motto is "We Know Drama," and it shows. Series such as The Closer, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage and Southland all call the network home. So too does the excellent Rizzoli & Isles, which made its debut on Showcase Tuesday night.

Starring Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, the gritty, darkly comic series follows the duo as they solve murders and other heinous crimes in and around Boston. Homicide detective Jane is rough and tumble, a tomboy who sports a ponytail and minimum of makeup, while coroner Maura sports the most up-to-date fashions and dresses up to help someone move addresses. The two opposites—of course—attract when it comes to solving crimes.

The most obvious comparison on television would be Cagney & Lacey, the '80s cop drama which starred Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as an inseparable female police duo. Rizzoli & Isles is based on the book series by author Tess Gerritsen, a former medical doctor who has since retired from that profession to write full-time. Gerritsen herself is credited as a writer for the series, which is in the middle of Season 2 south of the border and nabs close to 10 million weekly viewers.

The series' success can be placed solely on the buddy cop formula between Jane and Maura. They trade barbs with each other over corpses—Maura teasing Jane over her lack of a love life, and Jane countering with cracks about Maura’s fastidiousness—adding lightness to violent proceedings.

Tuesday's debut, "See One, Do One, Teach One" set the dark tone immediately, with the violent murder of a doctor and the kidnapping of his wife. The evidence suggested a killer collared by Jane, but with him in prison for his crimes a copycat was suspected. The tough-as-nails Jane (Harmon's angled jaw makes her the perfect no-nonsense cop) dropped by the prison to question the convicted killer, Hoyt, leading to flashbacks to his crimes, and how he kidnapped Jane, nailing her to a plywood sheet by scalpels through the palms of her hands. While she was saved from a gruesome demise, she is still wearing the physical scars of Hoyt’s attack as well as the mental ones. In a scene reminiscent of Clarice Starling conferring with Hannibal Lecter, Hoyt made Jane squirm before admitting he's trained an apprentice, who’s committing murders on his behalf.

With the bodies of men and women piling up, and Jane and Maura were on a race to ID the killer. In what was a tad formulaic, Hoyt faked a seizure, escaped prison and was reunited with his murderous fan. The two captured Jane and Hoyt prepared to finish the job he'd started. This being just the first episode of a show called Rizzoli & Isles, it was predetermined that she'd escape again, killing both men in the process.

Taut writing, dark storylines and gallows humour are the key reasons Rizzoli & Isles is pulling in impressive ratings for TNT, but you can't discount the importance of its key cast. Lorraine Bracco seems a trifle out of place as Jane’s strict mother, but Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) and Bruce McGill (Wolf Lake) are both excellent as fellow investigators on the team and provide comic relief too.

But make no mistake, this is a vehicle being driven by the tandem of Harmon and Alexander. It's shiny, pretty, sleek and fun to take out for a spin.




5 January 2012

Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 Finale Ratings (Live +3)

ImageTNT's blockbuster dramas The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles finished their winter runs with outstanding numbers last Monday, ranking as basic cable's most-watched entertainment programs for the week. The two shows combined with the first week of TNT's regular-season NBA coverage to rank TNT as basic cable's #1 entertainment network in total viewers for the week, with close second-places finishes (behind TBS) with key adult demos.

The winter finale of The Closer chalked up 7.9 million viewers in Live + 3 (6.2 million Live + Same Day), with 2.6 million adults 25-54 (1.8 million L+SD). The season two finale of Rizzoli & Isles built on that lead with an exceptional 8.1 million viewers in Live + 3 (5.8 million L+SD) and 2.9 million adults 25-54 (1.8 million L+SD).

In time-shifted viewing, The Closer's Dec. 12 episode scored a final tally of 7.3 million viewers and 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7, while the Dec. 12 episode of Rizzoli & Isles delivered 7.7 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 25-54.




4 January 2012

Season 3 spoiler

ImageFrom TVGuide Megabuzz:

Your Rizzoli & Isles postmortem says "we may get into" how Jane and Maura met. Does that mean a flashback episode? — Jacob
ADAM: Affirmative! Look for one in early Season 3. "I have always toyed with the idea of doing a scene about how they met and I think I've come up with an elegant way to do it," executive producer Janet Tamaro tells us. "I think as they try to find their way [to being friends again] it will be interesting to see how they first became friends."



2 January 2012

Rizzoli & Isles keep'em guessing


Some clever people have nicknamed the series Rizzoli & Isles "The Ambiguously Lez Duo."

Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and originates on the U.S. cable channel TNT, has been shown in a timely manner on Super Channel in Canada.

In fact, the second-season finale airs on Monday, Jan. 2. But if you don't get Super Channel, which is a premium pay service, you can catch up with Rizzoli & Isles from the beginning on Showcase, starting Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Two seasons of Rizzoli & Isles are in the bank with a third season on the way. But almost from the beginning, there was buzz about a perceived lesbian vibe between the two main characters.

"We all know this is a business, it's called show business, and any type of fun we can have in it, first of all to be successful in it, is completely blessed and awesome," Harmon said when TV critics visited the set of Rizzoli & Isles in Los Angeles last summer.

"Now, to put some icing on the cake and be like, 'Are they? Aren’t they? Is this the scene where it happens? Is this a dream sequence?’ You know what I mean? It's fine, we love it."




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