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31 December 2012

Janet Tamaro part of Scriptwriters Network panel on January 12

ImageOn Saturday, January 12, 2013 a panel discussion with top television writers on "What It Takes To Work on Successful TV Shows." We are in a new Golden Age of Television. The boldest, strongest writing is arguably on current TV shows, both on cable and free to air. Part of the reason is that TV, unlike feature films, is a writers medium. TV executives are genuinely looking for unique, fresh writing voices to keep audiences entertained. This panel explores what it takes to work on a top rating TV show.

Speakers include Glenn Mazzara (showrunner of The Walking Dead, Executive Producer or Producer on HawthoRNe, Crash, Life, and The Shield), Alex Cary (Co-Executive Producer of Homeland, and Lie To Me), Dan O'Shannon (Writer/Producer on Modern Family, Better Off Ted, Back to You, Jericho, Frasier), Janet Tamaro (Creator/Writer/Producer/ Showrunner Rizzoli & Isles, Producer on Trauma, Bones, Sleeper Cell, CSI: NY), and Vanessa Taylor (Writer/Producer Hope Springs, Game of Thrones, Jack & Bobby, Everwood, Alias). Event starts at 1:00, check-in starts at 12:30 and is free for Scriptwriters Network members, $25 for non-members. RSVP and sign-up online at http://www.scriptwritersnetwork.org.


 

 

29 December 2012

Janet Tamaro Answers Fan Questions Season 3 - Week 18

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How do you come up with the story line? I mean, women encased in plaster on a carousel, that's genius and unheard of! Where do you pull from?

Janet's response:
I had this image of a dead woman inside of a statue. That's really how it began. I pull from everywhere: an image that my brain comes up with, an idea, stories from my life, from my writers' lives, from the news, books, an experience I've had that day. All of it is writing fuel.
The genesis of that particular episode began when we hired Eddie Cibrian. We'd already come up with a story of a man who enters Maura's life as a dead body, is revived by her and eventually is revealed as a serial killer. Because I wanted him to be a sculptor, it seemed natural to link him to that image I'd had of a dead woman's body concealed inside of a statue. Michael Katleman did a wonderful job directing that episode -- and Kevin Cremin, my great line producer, found a way to get those statues built for us.

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Question from Stephanie Katz:
How do you balance developing well-rounded, interesting characters with also having to tell a gripping story and hit all the plot points within a 45 minute time span?

Janet's response:
If I could answer this question, I wouldn't have to work so hard to do this. :-) You'll think I'm a big whiner if I tell you it's an exceptionally tricky dance. It always requires a lot of time, research, reading, writing, thinking, rewriting -- and doing that final merciless "polish" where everything that is taking up precious real estate has to go.

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Question from Thomas Müller:
I love the show will there be a show where one of them marry?

Janet's response:
What a great question. No marriages in the immediate future, but we have another fifteen episodes to think up for next season.

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Question from Melanie Eckberg:
Will there ever be any holiday themed episodes?

Janet's response:
I never know when these episodes will air, so the answer is probably not. We had already shot and edited the Season 4 finale when it was scheduled for Christmas Day.

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Question from Miles A. Morris:
Janet, I have to ask, how do you and the writers manage to keep the humor and drama evenly balanced, yet blended so well?

Janet's response:
It's how I live my life: balance the dark with a sense of humor about it or all is lost.

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Question from Tayler Magz:
Why did you choose Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander to play Jane and Maura?

Janet's response:
Isn't it obvious? :-)
Because we (me, the other executive producer and our network, TNT) loved their previous work. Angie was "Jane" incarnate. When she agreed to play JANE RIZZOLI, I did a little dance. And then when we learned Sasha was potentially interested in the role of "Dr. Maura Isles" and put them together to watch them perform a scene together, they were just plain magical. It was obvious to all of us. :-)

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Question from Shanice Rebeiro:
Would you ever consider doing a Musical Episode?

Janet's response:
Um...no? Don't be upset. I MIGHT (might) let one of the characters sing, but I can't imagine doing a musical episode. I don't think I'd be good at it..the writing part...Love musicals. Prefer writing dramas.

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28 December 2012

Ratings for Season 3 finale

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4422 Viewers (000) (Live + SD)

0.8 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)

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25 December 2012

'Rizzoli & Isles' Season 3 Spoilers: Sasha Alexander Previews Hope's Return, 'Challenging' Finale

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Rizzoli & Isles will be airing its season 3 finale this week on Christmas Day with episode 15, "No More Drama in My Life," and Sasha Alexander previewed a bit of what to expect when Gather.com talked to her during a conference call about the end of the season.

Sharon Lawrence returns as Dr. Hope Martin, but some time has passed, so as Alexander previewed, "it's really awkward and really uncomfortable" when she returns. Hope didn't react well when she found out Maura's her daughter, and in the season finale, "Maura reacts in a very un-Maura-like way," Alexander explained. "She tells Hope what she really wants to say to her," which she called "rather surprising" and "very liberating for her." For Maura, she needs to figure out if Hope is "somebody that she wants to know in her life," especially since Hope is back "with a very specific agenda, and that is to save her other daughter." She's not back to fix her relationship with Maura, but "some events happen that kind of lead to an interesting road for the both of them," and Alexander did tease that it is a storyline that will stretch into season 4.

Also coming up in the Rizzoli & Isles season 3 finale, which Alexander called "a really challenging episode for everybody," is Jane worried about Casey's spinal surgery, the seriousness of which Maura has forced her to hear. But the action is going to come in the form of the building collapse that leaves loved ones trapped, as previewed in the promo below. Alexander explained that shooting the event "was really challenging" and "physically difficult because [they] were covered in soot and dirt from head to toe, 15 hours a day for about a week" and there were scenes that had her and Angie Harmon "stuck under dark tunnel." Like the season 2 finale, the season 3 finale should have everyone talking.

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22 December 2012

Rizzoli & Isles' Sasha Alexander on "Beautiful" Finale and Maura's "Breakthrough"

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After last year's friendship-threatening season finale on Rizzoli & Isles, Sasha Alexander was happy to see the TNT drama go in a slightly different direction this year.

Oh, it's still action-packed - a building will collapse - but Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Alexander) will be working as one to free their loved ones trapped inside.

"I think it shows how far they've come and progressed since [the Season 2 finale when Jane shot Maura's mob boss dad Paddy Doyle]. It's a beautiful finale - maybe not what you'd expect after last year," Alexander tells TVGuide.com. "They're on the same page and Maura, in particular, is really there for Jane for this situation. You can really see what an incredible, wonderful relationship these two women have."

The same can't be said for some of their other relationships. After begging her ex Lt. Col. Casey Jones (Chris Vance) to stay with her last week to no avail, Jane will wait to hear on his risky, possibly life-threatening, spinal surgery - and decide if she wants to make another effort to help him. Meanwhile, Maura's estranged biological mother, Hope (Sharon Lawrence), will make her first appearance since unceremoniously dismissing Maura, not to mention her offer to donate a kidney to Hope's ill 18-year-old daughter Kayleen, in July. Now, Kayleen desperately needs a kidney transplant.

"Sharon and I were both very excited to do the scene where she comes back because it's just so awkward," Alexander says. "Time has passed and when Maura confronted her, she just completely broke Maura and rejected her. It was so rough and I think it really changed Maura. And here is this woman now and she's there because she has no choice. She wants to save her daughter, so she sucks it up and tries to apologize to her other daughter."

Not that Maura is ready to forgive and forget. Instead of being her usual proper and polite self, Maura will have a "breakthrough and unload on Hope," Alexander says.

"I think she deserves it," Alexander laughs. "She tells her how she feels and how hurt she was. ... It's such a complicated relationship between them and the scene was so well-written by Janet Tamaro. I think you'll definitely see a new layer to Maura."

As to whether or not Maura will agree to help Hope, Alexander teases, "She does make the decision, but she's not telling her yet. [And] then ... the [building] crisis happens." The actress suspects and hopes (no pun intended) that Lawrence will be back next season to continue the story line. "No matter her decision, I don't think you can leave it like that. And I love working with Sharon. She's so fantastic and I would love to explore more of their relationship."

Maura's mommy issues aside, Alexander also hopes that Season 4 will be "less bleak" than Season 3 - and filled with lovin' and dancing.

"We've both been very unlucky in love in Season 3. I just want lots of handsome men for both of us next year!" she says. "What I am really rooting for is a dance scene. I'd like the girls to dance hip-hop or something. We can move, not just solve crimes!"

Rizzoli & Isles airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on TNT.

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20 December 2012

Overnight Ratings for EP314

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342 Viewers (000) (Live + SD)

0.7 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)

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19 December 2012

Tess Gerritsen on the lesbian subculture of "Rizzoli & Isles"

ImageSomeone's coming out on Rizzoli & Isles tonight! That's what Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles mystery novel series tells us, and she's the one who started it all. While spoilers indicate it isn't Jane or Maura (sorry!), we spoke with Tess about the subculture that has developed around the show, aka its strong lesbian fanbase.

"When I first began writing the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series, there was no discussion of Jane and Maura being lesbians," Gerritsen said. "They were strong women showing how women could get the job done in a traditionally male profession."

"During the first season of the show, when the speculation on AfterEllen and other sites first started, I genuinely had never seen their friendship in that way," Gerritsen said. "However, everyone sees things from their own perspective. After people started suggesting the lesbian undertones, my perspective changed. Now, my husband and I watch episodes and giggle at the innuendo!"

Its hard to deny that the innuendo isn't hot and keeps lesbians tuning in. However, we always want to make sure we are supporting the right people. So, when I found out that Gerritsen lives in Maine, I had to ask how she voted on the state's recent gay marriage ballot question.

Without pause, Gerritsen told me about the Political Action Committee (PAC) she created with her husband named Maine Writers for Yes on Question 1. She indicated the PAC raised $6,000 and got over 100 Maine writers to sign their names to two full page newspaper ads in the Bangor and Portland, ME papers the week of the vote. "Equal marriage is something we both support and we wanted to make sure we did our part to help change hearts and minds."

Gerritsen said she feels, given the undertones of the show, she thinks it could help change hearts and minds as its broadcast into middle America. She said she hopes the show can, including tonight's episode. Her latest Rizzoli and Isles novel, Last to Die, is available now.

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13 December 2012

 

13 December 2012

Overnight Ratings for EP313

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3792 Viewers (000) (Live + SD)

0.8 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)

 

 

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13 December 2012

Rizzoli & Isles #3 of Top Twenty Cable Shows of 2012

ImageRizzoli & Isles came in at #3 of the top 20 Basic Cable shows among Total Viewers for 2012.

1. Walking Dead
2. The Closer
3. Rizzoli & Isles
4. Major Crimes
5. Pawn Stars


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12 December 2012

New Episode Stills for EP315

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EP315 No More Drama In My Life

 

 


 

 

11 December 2012

Janet Tamaro Answers Fan Questions Season 3 - Week 17

ImageSeason 3 - Week Seventeen
Do you have a question about Rizzoli & Isles? Each week, show creator Janet Tamaro will answer questions from fans of the show, so become a fan of Rizzoli & Isles on Facebook and you'll be able to ask your questions and keep up with all things Jane and Maura.

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Question from Cathy Rostpotynski:
What can we expect to see this season? Anything new?

Janet's response:
By "this season," I think you might mean the winter season? If so, there are three more episodes that will complete Season 3 (the last episode airs December 25th. Yes, that would be Christmas Day. New stuff in all three. Plus we've started working on Season 4. We're getting excited about it because there will be both new and OLD stuff -- some stories we couldn't tell last year for various reasons will hopefully get told in Season 4. :-)

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Question from Marjorie Crouse:
How involved are you at the editing stage?

Janet's response:
Thanks for asking this question. The answer is "very." I do all of what is called "Post." Once the director has finished his or her "cut," (that means has had a chance to work with one of our very fine editors), the episode is turned over to me for the "Producer's Cut." Some episodes take longer than others in Post. Your eyes will glaze over if I start to try to explain why, however ...

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Question from Jessica Herron:
What was your favourite episode to write & which was your favourite to watch?

Janet's response:
NOOO!! Don't ask me these questions ... Do I have to pick? If you have a (paper) gun to my head, I'll probably tell you the Pilot was my favorite because it was in such a formative stage -- and you don't know as it's happening if it'll KEEP happening (i.e. you don't know if the network will "pick up" your script and shoot a pilot...and if they take that big step, you don't know if the pilot will be "ordered" to series).

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Question from Aimee C Siena:
I know that the show is based on characters from Tess Gerritsen's books, but was wondering if all the stories in the episodes were based on the author's books or are there original stories as well?

Janet's response:
Ah-ha. I think you should treat yourself to a read of at least one of Tess's books to answer this. They're wonderful. The only story that came from Tess's books was the one I used for the pilot.

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Question from Lisa Greenwood Crozier:
Yes, question ... when can I be on the show?

Janet's response:
You can be on the show: when you're a working actor or actress, have an agent, get a call from our casting director, come in and audition for him and his assistant, get asked to audition for me and for the director of the episode -- and you're PERFECT for the role. Wait, you're still not on the show -- not until both our Studio (Warner Horizon) and our network (TNT) "approve" you for the role. (I know -- that answer sucks, but don't give up. If you want to be an actor or actress, study and get training. Get good -- and you'll get noticed. But know ahead of time that it is a very tough life because there will be more "no-s" then "yes-es."

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11 December 2012

New Episode Stills for EP314

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6 December 2012

Overnight Ratings for EP312

Image4750 Viewers (000) (Live + SD)

0.9 Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)

 

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5 December 2012

UKTV Inks Deal for Future Seasons of 'Rizzoli & Isles'

ImageUKTV, the multi-channel network operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has inked a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to secure future seasons of Boston cop drama series Rizzoli & Isles for U.K. audiences.

Alibi, UKTV's channel set up to carry British and American crime drama as part of UKTV’s network, has currently scheduled the third season of the drama for January 2013.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Based on Tess Gerritsen's crime novels and developed for television by Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost), Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon (Law & Order) as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. Despite being opposites, the two women make a formidable team and put some of Boston’s most notorious criminals behind bars.

UKTV said that since the first season launched on the channel last year both popularity and ratings for the show "has gone from strength-to-strength."

The second season averaged 495,000 individuals, up a whopping 482 percent on the slot average and up 26 percent on the first season's average.

UKTV head of acquisitions and co-productions Alexandra Finlay, who brokered the deal, said: "Rizzoli and Isles has been a big success both Stateside and in the U.K., so this strategic deal with Warner Bros further strengthens Alibi, helping to ensure it remains a must-have channel for all fans of crime drama."

Warner Bros. International Television president Jeffrey R. Schlesinger added: "We are pleased that Rizzoli and Isles will continue to have a home in the UK on Alibi, where it has consistently been a strong performer."

Alibi is the U.K.'s eighth biggest pay only entertainment channel reaching 4.8 million individuals every month.

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5 December 2012

Charity Auction - Lunch for two with Lorraine Bracco

ImageOscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated actor Lorraine Bracco is best known for her role in The Sopranos and as Karen Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, (for which she received her Oscar nomination) as well as for her outstanding performances in films such as Someone to Watch Over Me, Riding in Cars with Boys, Medicine Man, The Basketball Diaries, Hackers and Radio Flyer. She also starred on Broadway as ‘Mrs. Robinson’ in Terry Johnson’s adaptation of The Graduate and is the author of her best-selling memoir, On The Couch.

Lorraine will lunch with the lucky winning bidder and a guest in Los Angeles or New York City, depending on her schedule (most likely LA between mid-January and mid-August; NY after mid-August), while helping to support aspiring women filmmakers through the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Don't let this incredible opportunity pass you by!

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1 December 2012

Sasha to be a guest on Conan O'Brien on Dec. 3

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Sasha tweeted:

Hey everyone! Wanted to let you know that I'm going to be on @ConanOBrien on Monday, so be sure to check it out! I LOVE him!

For info about the show check here.


 

 

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