You'll see a couple new faces on Rizzoli & Isles next season — and lots of familiar ones as well. Chazz Palminteri, Ed Begley Jr. and Chris Vance are among the stars returning to the TNT drama for Season 3, TVGuide.com has learned.
Palminteri, who plays Frank, the father of Jane (Angie Harmon), will return for the first time since the Season 1 finale with some news that upsets the family. Begley Jr.'s Dr. Pike will be back to lend Maura (Sasha Alexander) a hand, while Vance will reprise his role as Lt. Col. Casey Jones, Jane's old flame. Hmm, could we find Jane in a love triangle with him and Agent Dean (Billy Burke)?
Also returning are Jacqueline Bisset as Maura's adoptive mother Constance, John Doman as Maura's mob boss dad Paddy Doyle and Colin Egglesfield as Tommy, Jane's brother.
As TVGuide.com previously reported, NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence will join the show as Hope, Maura's biological mother who gave her up for adoption when she was 18. Eddie Cibrian will also recur as Dennis Rockmond, a new love interest for Maura.
Eddie Cibrian is heading back to the present day with a multi-episode arc on Rizzoli & Isles, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In Season 3 of the hit TNT drama, the Playboy Club alum will play Dennis Rockmond, a handsome motivational speaker who meets medical examiner Isles (Sasha Alexander) in an unusual way, and then proceeds to coax her out of her blazer-clad shell.
Rizzoli & Isles' third season premieres on June 5 (TNT, 9/8c).
Question from Linda Lewis McCormick:
The script writing is the best and funniest on this show. What inspires you for some of the great commentaries between Rizzoli and Isles? We watch the show religiously. Love, love, love your writing.
Wow, thank you Linda. And I don’t even think we’re related. Everything inspires me: my daughters, my irritable self in traffic, my husband when he snores or when he points out my own annoying traits, my team of writers, books, magazines, the news, overheard conversations. The actors inspire me. Every time we film an episode, each one of them infuses these characters with so much life and personality and individual choices. I love that you noticed the writing. It’s a ridiculous amount of work, which explains why writers are grumpy … sometimes …
Brian Goodman, who has played the recurring role of Lt. Det. Sean Cavanaugh on TNT's hit series Rizzoli & Isles, has been upped to series regular for the show's third season. Goodman’s character is a product of the hardscrabble back alleys of South Boston. His knowledge of the street and his history as a detective make him the perfect choice to be Commander of the Homicide Unit. Fiercely loyal to Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) because he lived what she faces, Cavanaugh has her back when the brass would have prefer to have her head. In addition to Rizzoli & Isles, Goodman's credits include the series Revenge, Lost and Line of Fire, as well as the movies Catch Me If You Can, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Blow.
America's Favorite Crime-Solving Duo is Back
In an All-New Season of TNT's Hit Series Rizzoli & Isles,starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander
Third Season Launches Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Criminals beware. Television's smartest (and most attractive) crime-solving duo will be back on the case this summer when TNT's Rizzoli & Isles returns for its third explosive season. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the chart-busting series that has averaged well over 8 million viewers through its first two seasons. And this time, they're moving to a new night and time. The third season of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles is set to air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning June 5, followed by an all-new season of TNT's Franklin & Bash.
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and 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 lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.
As Rizzoli & Isles' second season came to an end, a deep wedge was driven between the two friends when Jane shot Maura's biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman). He had shown up unexpectedly at a secret undercover operation to protect Maura from a deadly assailant, but the scene quickly got out of control, forcing Jane to shoot Paddy.The aftermath strains Jane and Maura's relationship as they try to understand and justify their reactions. When the third season opens, they are taken by surprise by an internal affairs investigation, pushing their friendship even closer to the breaking point.
Ever the professionals, Jane and Maura will work hard to set aside their differences as they investigate a number of complex and troublesome crimes. Among their cases are the murder of a female graduate student, whose strangled body is found hidden in tunnels under her university; a killer with a bizarre doll fetish who hunts women on public transportation, then leaves their bodies posed on benches; and the stabbing of two young homeless veterans who survived Afghanistan only to be brutally murdered in an alley. On the home front, Jane's meddling mother, Angela (Lorraine Bracco), is determined to play matchmaker. And Maura's life gets more complicated as she searches for - and uncovers - the truth about her biological mother (guest star Sharon Lawrence).
Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, Jane's squeamish, computer-savvy partner; Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, Jane's steady old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Jordan Bridges as Jane's brother, Frankie Jr., who dreams of becoming a detective like his sister; and Brian Goodman as Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh, the head of the Boston Police Detective department.
After scoring a record-breaking premiere in summer 2010, the first season of Rizzoli & Isles went on to average 8.8 million viewers, at that time the largest audience ever for a basic cable series. The show continued its enormous success in the second season, averaging more than 8.4 million viewers last year.
Rizzoli & Isles comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro of Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions. Michael Katleman also serves as an executive producer. The series was developed for television by Janet Tamaro, who has earned a Gracie Allen Award from the alliance for Women in Media Foundation, a Women's Image Network (WIN) Award and Prevention magazine's Healthy TV Award for her work on the show.
Question from Meg Tuma Mack:
Love the show my question is where do you get Maura's shoes?
Um...I...um...like shoes...I can order them online, and they come to my house like a present, and they (usually) fit. My feet are almost never too fat to fit into shoes... I have ALWAYS liked shoes.
Question from Nicole Troutman:
Love the tribute to Dr. Bass. Will we see Bass again? The tortoise, not the forensic anthropologist...
Thank you. I dig Bass, but he's a very finicky actor. He won't do anything I script for him, and you should see what he does when a director calls, action...
Since that controversial last episode of The Sopranos, in June 2007, the cast and crew have never spoken so candidly about the show that changed both their lives and the showbiz landscape. With creator David Chase leading the way, Sam Kashner gets a behind-the-scenes history of a national obsession as James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and other Sopranos insiders talk about their years as a family, the trauma when someone got whacked, and making their peace with the finale.
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NYPD Blue alum Sharon Lawrence will guest-star on Rizzoli & Isles as Maura's biological mother, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Lawrence will appear in two episodes in Season 3 as Hope, who gave up Maura (Sasha Alexander) for adoption when she was 18 following her relationship with crime boss Paddy Doyle (John Doman). She's now a prominent doctor and an activist for women's health with secrets of her own.
Little was known about Hope until the Season 2 finale when, after Maura's adoptive mother Constance (Jacqueline Bisset) was severely injured, Paddy told his estranged daughter about her biological mother. In the final moments of the episode, Paddy revealed her name when he mumbled "Hope" after he was shot.
Executive producer Janet Tamaro previously told TVGuide.com that Maura will be compelled to look up Hope in the wake of her parents' scares. "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," Tamaro said. "And let's just say if dad dies, dad is the only one who knew who her mother was. ... 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?"
Besides her Emmy-nominated work on NYPD Blue, Lawrence is known for her Emmy-nominated guest turn as Izzie's mother on Grey's Anatomy and for her recurring role as Julian's mother on One Tree Hill. She's also appeared on Desperate Housewives, Community and Drop Dead Diva.
Having withstood violence, the students at Evensong, a school deep in the Maine wilderness, study science and investigative techniques to prepare for careers in crime fighting. That’s where Maura Isles goes to visit 16-year-old Julian “Rat” Perkins, and that’s where Det. Jane Rizzoli decides to hide Teddy Clock when the rest of his foster family is murdered. The first in this best-selling series to boast the “Rizzoli & Isles” brand name in the title, this book will appear just as the third season of TNT’s successful Rizzoli & Isles TV series is ending, so fans will be primed.
R&I was filming on location yesterday. And AUSXIP contributer Janna23 sent us some pix too! She got to meet Lee and Jordan. She also saw Angie and Bruce from a distance, but didn't get to meet them since they filming.
Looks like Ed Begley's "Dr. Pike" will be back on "Rizzoli & Isles" in season 3.
At an event honoring dolphin savior Ric O'Barry, Begley said that he'll be in upcoming episodes of "Raising Hope," "Common Law," which premieres on USA May 11, and "Rizzoli & Isles," returning to TNT this summer.
Question from Tracy Shannon:
Who researches all the odd, yet interesting, tidbits Maura knows about EVERYTHING? One of my favorite aspects of her character.
Well...that would be...me... I was a journalist for a long time. I read a lot. I collect useful -- and useless -- pieces of information. Drives my family nuts. Decided to "gift" Maura with my semi-annoying trait...
Question from Claudia Barrios:
Will Maura's life ever be in real danger? I'd love to see how Rizzoli and the rest of the team react to that? It seems she's just as much a part of the team as Jane is. You know, like she can at times be one the boys too, just in a different way than Jane.
I think we should put Maura in mortal peril, don't you? She can be fierce in her wedges.
Question from Tanya Long Martin:
In the books, Isles is almost a non-entity, I love the way you have developed her. I adore the books, but I have to give major kudos for the show.
Thank you for your nice comment. I love Tess. But I don't help her with her books, and she doesn't help me with my show. She's been so gracious. I don't know that I could've written such a popular and wonderful series of books and sat back while another writer hijacked my characters for HER show...
Rizzoli & Isles ended its second season with more drama and sexual tension than ever before, and as the series prepares to film on Season Three, I have some fresh scoop to tide the good R&I folk over until its July premiere.
The first episode back is titled "What Doesn't Kill You," and it continues the search for Paddy Doyle. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) has been tasked with the placing a BOLO, but she's refused (ruh roh!). She's realized how her gal pal Dr Isles (Sasha Alexander) life was in danger, and is getting the bark from her bosses for denying an order. Korsak comes to her defense, but it only makes things worse (double ruh roh!). A demotion may also be involved (evidence management!).
In the season premiere, the team is simultaneously dealing with the fallout from the finale and the murder of a cop, which is sure to strike a nerve with Boston PD's finest.
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