Two months into the summer season, TNT's drama series are chalking up some strong competitive claims:
– Basic cable's Top 2 summer series among total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes
– Five of basic cable's Top 10 summer dramas among total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles (#1), Major Crimes (#2), Falling Skies, Perception, King & Maxwell
– Basic cable's #1 summer drama with adults 18-49: Falling Skies
– Two of basic cable's Top 5 summer dramas with adults 18-49: Falling Skies (#1), Rizzoli & Isles
– Basic cable's #1 summer series with adults 25-54: Falling Skies
– Three of Basic Cable's Top 10 summer dramas with adults 25-54: Falling Skies (#1), Rizzoli & Isles (#2), Major Crimes
All four July episodes of Rizzoli & Isles ranked among basic cable's Top 10 programs for the month of July. Leading the pack was the July 2 episode, which was basic cable's #1 scripted program for the month. Meanwhile last week's episode of Rizzoli & Isles has grown to 7.4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+3% vs. the prior week), including 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49.
TNT's originals continue to do extremely well in time-shifted viewing. New highlights include the July 8 episode of Major Crimes, which topped out at 6.8 million viewers and 2.4 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7 delivery. The July 9 episode of Rizzoli & Isles finished with 8.1 million viewers and 2.8 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7. The July 10 episode of Franklin & Bash garnered 3.3 million viewers and 1.4 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7. And the July 14 episode of Falling Skies scored a final tally of 5.2 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7.
I am the keeper of information and thus have to be extremely organized. This results in being on the computer and phone most of the day making sure I’m up to date with all of R&I’s goings ons, and answering questions. Questions such as where to show up, where to park, when will crew eat. I make sure working conditions are up to standards, the cast & crew are comfortable and safe, and am always asking if anyone needs anything. I run a team in the Production Office and we make sure, using technology, that everyone is on the same page: that they have everything they need to do their job whether its a piece of equipment or the newest version of the draft of the script we are filming. Everyone (cast & crew) usually will take care of themselves most of the time… but if there’s something they don’t know or can’t get done on their own… they come to me.
Laura Owen - Stand In For Angie Harmon
Hi! I’m Laura Owen; Angie Harmon’s stand-in! You might be wondering what a stand-in could possibly be… well, I literally “stand in” for Angie throughout the day which is all a part of expediting the filming process. The actors will rehearse the first scene privately with the director, and then the camera and lighting crew are invited in to watch a rehearsal. I take notes indicating when Angie moves, where she stands, what way she faces, and so on. Then the actors head off to their trailers, wardrobe, or hair and makeup, while the crew gets the scene ready to shoot. They light the scene to fit me and the other stand-ins. We all look fairly similar to our actors, and wear similar colored-clothing to match our actors as well, which helps for lighting. We do “second team rehearsals” with the right lights and full camera moves. From this, the director can see what the scene will generally look like with all its moving parts. Once everything looks right, they bring in the actors! So basically a quick way of saying it is —- whatever Angie does, I do too! Not only is it great to work with Angie and the rest of the crew, but as an actress myself, it is incredibly helpful to be on set everyday as I have the privilege of learning so much! Twitter/Instagram: @RealLauraOwen
What are you most proud of professionally? Not having to wait tables to support my acting habit.
What are you most proud of personally? That I have great friends and family.
Upcoming Projects: Rizzoli & Isles, Producing a World War II film, A documentary about a man making big changes in inner city education.
Charities: City Year, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Childhood nickname Eggz.
If you could wake up in any city in the world, which would it be? New York City.
Dogs or cats? Dogs.
If you could see the DITLO of anyone in the history of the universe, who would it be and why? Ron Burgundy because I know it would crack me up.
How spicy would you like your buffalo wings? (Scale of 1-10) 7.
Sasha Alexander was super psyched to be number nine on this year's AfterEllen Hot 100.
"I was extremely flattered," she said during the TCA Summer Press Tour this week. "Here's why: Let’s say the AfterEllen fans and the women that not only appreciate our show and all that-it's very important for me to be appreciated by women. Because we’re smart and fabulous and we have good instincts about things, that we relate to. That's important to me and I like that."
Sasha, who plays the fabulously fashionable medical examiner Maura Isles on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, says she knows what her lesbian fans see in her on-screen relationship with co-star Angie Harmon. Even her husband pointed it out to her.
"He was like 'Wow, you guys are really hot together' and so he was the first fan that said 'You guys need to be in hot cars. You guys should be in like these super hot situations.' I think that's due to our natural chemistry, you know, we’re physically compatible. We look differently but yet you believe we’re friends. I think one thing that really helped our show was from the beginning you weren’t forced to believe we're friends since childhood or sisters that were inseparable and you as an audience were supposed to love them right away together. You were asked to love them separately as characters and slowly that relationship was the thing that clicked with people. And I think that was really organic how that happened and how they grew to be something."
Although that "something" has been strictly subtext, Sasha said she could easily be the more butch one once in a while, no matter what Angie seems to think.
"She just says that because she's wearing pants and the voice is a bit deeper. She’s like 'I'm the man!'" Sasha said. "First of all, she does have a more Alpha-male energy than I do. She does. So I understand I guess she's thinking she's the man and I'm a woman in a relationship and all that. But you know what? I can wear pant-and we can change roles."
In real life, Sasha said she dresses in a style that's more edgy than Maura's.
"I'm not as polished, I'm more, I'd say, rocker chic," Sasha said. "I feel like Maura is definitely a professional so whenever things get a little on edge I sort of pull it back to be taken a little more seriously. So she can be fashionable but she’s still in an office with a bunch of cops."
While Maura Isles might not be gay, Sasha played a lesbian TV Guide reporter on Greg the Bunny in 2002 where she fell for Sarah Silverman.
"Sarah Silverman just tweeted me the other day. I hadn't seen her in a while. Something came up and she said 'I kissed Sasha Alexander!' And I said 'Listen you!'" Sasha said she had no hesitations about playing the role at an early point in her career. "No. Never. Not at all. And it was so fun. I loved that show," she said. " Unfortunately it didn't have great timing." It was canceled by Fox after one season and later resurrected in a different form for IFC in 2005.
Even on a show with puppets Sasha was all dolled up, but she said she had a lot of fun stripping down (literally) on a recent episode of Rizzoli & Isles where she went to prison.
"I loved it all. I had so much fun playing a different color and being able to see Maura- mean she's such person who seemingly has everything together, so when we see things unravel for her and we watch her in situations she cannot control, I find it very interesting," Sasha said. "I like not wearing makeup, I had a bruised eye, I loved the whole thing. Bring it on, I want to be a victim again!"
She also spoke about this week’s episode, which was directed by out director Jamie Babbit.
"She's awesome, I love Jamie. She's so smart and prepared and she's a really good storyteller," Sasha said. "I give her shit sometimes because she can be a bit of a pain, I'm teasing. She's a tough cookie! I enjoy working with her because she knows what she's doing and as you can tell by the episode, it has a lot of information in it, and she was able to sift through and really get performance and the key of what you need to get to. Sometimes I feel like in series television you just don't have time. You don’t have time! So how do you get to the important stuff and create moments? So I love working with her."
Sasha knows how to create all kinds of moments herself.
TNT held a 25th anniversary party during the Television Critics Association summer conference last night and Angie Harmon stopped by to pose on the red carpet and answer some of our questions. Since this week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles was directed by Jamie Babbit, the show's star told us a story about working with the out director.
"She's really fabulous, really really fabulous," Angie said. "As a matter of fact, there was a scene, I think a yoga scene, I'd just gotten like a-I don't know-maybe it was the kale, I'm not sure. Apparently there was some kale incident and I was so nauseous at that point, it was like 'Quick, shoot it before she has to go home' kind of thing. But Jamie kept going 'OK so just lean over' and "Yeah no that's not the part that's conducive to what I'm feeling at the moment" And she kept making us do it. On my face I was like 'Jamie, I swear I'm going to get you for this.' And she’s like 'OK, action!' No but she really is fun. She's a wonderful director, she communicates well, she knows the story, she knows her information and that's a necessary thing. You have to have a director that's going to talk to you. You absolutely have to."
Angie was recently on Conan where she bemoaned the fact she's always "the man" in Gayzolli fan fiction, which could have to do with the fact she wears a lot more pants than co-star Sasha Alexander.
"It's not just pants. Let's talk about that for a second. Those are not just pants," Angie said. "That is a pressed slack."
She also said she's tried to femme Jane Rizzoli up a bit, but outside of a recent episode’s skirt, "it really doesn't go with the character."
"Our sweet wardrobe man brought in like a Gucci suit. 'Let's put this on her - just tailor it.' I put it on and it was so elegant and fabulous and it was like 'Really? Really? We can't. It doesn't work,'" Angie said. "And it's my job as an actress to stay true to the character and I love doing that but it is getting fun sort of poking fun at it."
She did admit that sometimes the show has asked her to do some things she hasn't agreed to, but wouldn’t mention any specifics. Instead she made a face.
"Every now and then, the scripts...pause] Yeah, no I don't have an answer for that. Was it too obvious?" Angie said, laughing. "Ehh nevermind."
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.
Question from Jenny Longstreet Maurer:
Why are the seasons so short for Rizzoli & Isles?
Um ... you're gonna get me in trouble here. That one's above my pay grade. I work for a network. That's their call. And ... though it only takes an hour to watch, each episode takes an awful lot of time to MAKE.
Question from Norma Jenkins:
I understand that there will be 16 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles instead of 15. When will filming be completed on the Season Four episodes?
You are very understanding. :-) Yes. True. We wrap filming at the end of August. I wrap "Post" in October...
Tomorrow evening, at the Aqua Star Pool of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, cast members of your favorite TNT shows will be celebrating 25 years of great drama.
Angie Harmon of Rizzoli & Isles, Mary McDonnell of Major Crimes, Patrick Duffy of Dallas, Rachael Leigh Cook of Perception, Noah Wyle of Falling Skies, and many others will arrive on the red carpet and StarCam will be there to snag some exclusive interviews!
Turner Network Television first launched on October 3, 1988 with a telecast of Gone with the Wind. The classic 1939 film was chosen as the channel’s first program because it was Ted Turner’s favorite flick.
Older movies and television shows were the focus at first, but then TNT began adding original programming and newer reruns. In 2001, the network started emphasizing its dramatic programming, with such slogans as "We Know Drama" and "Drama, Period."
Check back here for interviews with your favorite TNT stars from the 25th Anniversary Party!
I'm Todd Overton, the production sound mixer on Rizzoli & Isles. I am part of a 3 man team, along with Corey Woods and Brent Ellingwood, that record the dialogue during the filming of the show. We work closely with all the departments in order to accomplish recording good, clean tracks of our actors' dialogue. We have a great crew that truly supports each others efforts to produce a great show. Our cast is fantastic and I'm always happy walking in the gate at Paramount to start another day of work.
Ida-Lee Henderson - Production Accountant
As Production Accountant, I am responsible for anything having to do with money on the show. I have an amazing team of assistant accountants who make sure the crew are paid for their hard work, track what all the departments are spending via purchase orders, and pay the vendors for all the cool stuff they provide - anything from lighting equipment to trucks to clothing to murder weapons and guns. It is our job to provide accurate and timely financial information to both the Producers and the Studio. I gather information from all the departments about what things will cost and how many people they need, take that and create a budget for each episode. Once that budget is approved by the Producers, I track the actual costs against that budget and let them know if we are over or under budget. If something unexpected comes up, I figure out what that will either cost or save us. I track not only each episode, but the overall costs for the season as a whole. It is very fast paced because we are shooting one episode while we are preparing the budget for the next episode we will shoot, and tracking the costs for all the episode already shot that are in various phases in the editorial process getting ready to air. It's a lot of work, but working on a TV show is the best job you can have as a "number -cruncher."
Maura's father, mob boss Paddy Doyle, will finally head to trial next week on Rizzoli & Isles, but it looks like he has a lot more to answer to than murder charges.
In this exclusive first look at Tuesday's episode (9/8c, TNT), Maura (Sasha Alexander), Jane (Angie Harmon) and Korsak (Bruce McGill) find Paddy (John Doman) pinned up against a bathroom sink by none other than Cavanaugh (Brian Goodman), who's holding a gun to his head (look closely).
"[Paddy] has a history with Cavanaugh, it turns out, and that is a major reason Maura has to take a step back and choose a side: her biological family or her professional family," Alexander tells TVGuide.com. "Whether what happened [between Paddy and Cavanaugh] was done consciously, it's just more proof that Paddy's done enormously shady things in his life and he's not a man that you can trust."
What do you think their past is? Might it have something to do with how Cavanaugh's wife and son died in a house fire back in the day?
TNT's summer originals dominated the basic cable ratings charts last week, claiming such victories as:
– Basic cable's #1 program among total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles
– Basic cable's Top 4 dramas with adults 25-54: Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Major Crimes and Perception
– Basic cable's #1 drama with adults 18-49: Falling Skies
– Two of basic cable's Top 5 dramas with adults 18-49: Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles
– 4 of basic cable's Top 6 dramas in total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception and Falling Skies
TNT also has big news on the time-shifted viewing front, as the June 25 season premiere of the blockbuster drama Rizzoli & Isles grew to a final Live + 7 delivery of 9.4 million viewers. That makes it basic cable's most-watched drama telecast for the summer-to-date and easily eclipses last year's season premiere by a whopping +18%. In the demos, the premiere of Rizzoli & Isles scored 3.2 million adults 25-54 (+9% vs. the season 3 premiere) and 2.6 million adults 18-49 (+6%).
Last Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles – which ranked as basic cable's #1 program for the week among viewers and #1 drama with adults 25-54 – has averaged 7.5 million viewers in Live + 3. In key demos, last week's episode has grown to 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3.
As Unit Production Manager (UPM) I work closely with the Line Producer, Kevin Cremin, to put together the financial picture for each episode of “Rizzoli & Isles." I work with the Department Heads (Make-up, Hair, Set Dressing, Construction, Transpo, etc.) in each Craft to determine what it will cost to put the show’s elements onscreen as we prep the upcoming script. We try to balance our wish list (for as much production value as possible) with the ongoing imperative: stay within a budget. I sign checks and timecards, approve expenses and call times, and generally supervise the shooting company with the help of the producers. As we prep one episode, we shoot another, so I don’t feel like I’m truly finished with anything until the end of a season.
Gina Cranham - Art Director
As the Art Director on “Rizzoli & Isles," it’s my job to make sure that the vision of the Executive Producer/Creator/Showrunner is implemented through the Production Designer (Lauren Crasco). I/we work with the Writer and Director to make what’s been imagined and written come to life. I am in constant communication with the Set Designer, Graphic Designer, Construction Department (including the paint and the painters), Set Decoration Department, Locations Department, and sometimes with SPFX, Transportation ("skins" and graphics for vehicles), and Costumes (logos, emblems and graphics on t-shirts, patches, etc.) on an as needed basis. The job involves a lot of coordinating with the various departments and communicating specific design elements required by each. I am also responsible for choosing the hardware and flooring materials, wallpaper and specialty materials, pulling samples as needed for approval.
Rizzoli & Isles are heading to syndication.
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TV Ratings: 'Rizzoli & Isles' Return Marks a Summer Best, 'Perception' Drops
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has secured off-network rights to the TNT cop drama in 95 percent of the country. The series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander will begin airing on weekends in fall 2015.
The series, based on the best-selling novels by Tess Gerritsen, has been sold in 170 markets including stations owned by Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Hearst, Gannett, Lin, Local TV, Cox, Raycom, Weigel, Meredith, Mission, Nexstar, New Age, Journal, Scripps, Gray, Grant, Max Media, London, West Virginia, Media, Lockwood, Drewry, Cordillera, Bonten, Bahakel, Citadel, Diversified, Woods, Schurz and Mckinnon.
Season four of the series premiered in June, up 18 percent year-over-year. Factoring in DVR viewing, the series scored 6.6 million viewers -- the Turner-owned cabler's strongest original series to air this year and summer's most-watched cable premiere thus far.
The series continues to be an anchor of TNT's original drama lineup, with the net using it to build the second season of scripted drama Perception. That series was down 1.6 million viewers compared with its series premiere a year ago.
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.
Question from Skye Biles:
Is there going to be any mention of the bombing at the marathon this season?
Yes, we actually just shot an episode with a bomb technician -- and felt we had to reference the tragedy in Boston. Very, very upsetting, troubling and sad.
Question from Hasani B Julian:
Did you have a hand in choosing these amazing actors? Perfect team.
Yes. That's part of a show runner's duty when he or she creates the show. Angie Harmon was someone we all loved -- and TNT had had their eye on forever, so I can't claim any part of that. But everyone else first auditioned for me and for the director. And then ... it's a long process as each and every one of them had to also be approved by the Studio and the Network. It's truly amazing when we get it "right." And this team is, in your words, "perfect."
On Tuesday nights, Rizzoli & Isles continues to reign, last week picking up 8 million viewers in Live + 3 for its second episode of the season. In key demos, Rizzoli & Isles grabbed 2.8 million viewers in Live + 3 and 2.2 million adults 25-54.
Here's this week’s "Meet My Crew"! How close was your guess this week? Hope you're ready for Rizzoli & Isles tonight!
The job of the set decorator is to translate the characters and locations into the surroundings in which they live and work. I shop for the furniture, drapery, lamps, knick-knacks, you name it bring to life the words and vision of the writers and then consult with the director, all within a tight budget. I work closely with, and am guided and directed by my direct boss, the production designer, Lauren Crasco. My hard work would not be possible without the hard work of my leadman, shopper, and most especially my set dressing crew. It is truly a team effort.
Assistant Prop Master
The assistant prop master runs the set for the Prop Master, who is already working to get the NEXT episode ready. He/she is in charge of all the props the actors' handle - but I have to make sure everything makes it into the actors' hands. From personal character props like watches, sunglasses, guns, and badges, to ones specifically written for the episode that could be anything from Angela's knitting to Maura's Bonzai Tree, I have to make sure it's there when cameras role. The props are key story points that help viewers connect the dots of the investigation. Things that worked in theory don’t always work "on the day," so you have to be flexible to modify an existing prop - or find something new on the fly. It's challenging but fun when you're outside shooting - and you're losing the sun - and everyone is waiting on you. They need the changed prop five minutes ago!!
It's hard to know what's a bigger blow to Maura Isles's dignity on the July 16 episode of Rizzoli & Isles: the fact that the fashionable Boston medical examiner (Sasha Alexander) goes to jail on murder charges - Maura gets booked after her date turns up dead and she can't recall their evening together - or that she has to wear those impossible-to-accessorize orange prison togs.
"What a great episode," Alexander says. "We're going to see Maura beaten up in jail and a really different side to her character emerge." Luckily for Maura, BFF Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) helps save the day. Says Alexander, "Jane steps into Maura's shoes" - stilettos, no doubt - "to let Maura solve the case from inside jail."
Rizzoli & Isles is on tonight, and so is this week's edition of 'Meet My Crew.' This week’s crew- Post Production Associate Producer & 1st Assistant Director. Here’s what they do, in their own words:
Alfonso Delgado- Post Production Associate Producer
Hi, I’m Alfonso Delgado the Post Associate Producer on Rizzoli & Isles- Rocketship Scientist-Extraordinaire. (don't share that). In Post Production, as the head of the department, I feel communication is key and it is important that good, positive energy is everywhere, that my Homies feed off each other. The extra 5 minutes one puts in today can save HOURS of work in the back end, so, we keep up with every Dept. to ensure everyone has what they need. (Kind of equivalent to " keeping the conveyer belt going"). From Camera Cards, Hard Drives, scheduling Dailies to adjusting the color, adding visual effects and mixing final sound. Though it can be Taxing, I'm also responsible for budgeting and final delivery of the finished episodes to the Network. Our editors, assistant editors and other post personnel are hard working peeps who make my job fun. We joke around quite a bit here; but at the end of the day, our job is to make sure the show runner’s vision comes to life...besides... I screw this up, I go back to window washing!
1st Asst. Director
The job of the first assistant director is to breakdown the script and plan out the shooting schedule working with the director and producers for the upcoming episode. Once we begin production for that episode, I am in charge of maintaining order on set and working with the director to make sure he/she gets all the shots they need. You have to be the nicest of enforcers in order to get this job done.
Last Tuesday night's season premiere of the blockbuster TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles has climbed to an exceptional 8.7 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, +19% ahead of last year's season launch. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles' season premiere has grown to 3 million adults 25-54 (+12% vs. season 3 premiere) and 2.4 million adults 18-49 (+9%). The episode ranks as basic cable's #1 series telecast for the summer-to-date with total viewers and adults 25-54.
Old flames can smolder and, sometimes, throw off dangerous sparks. That's what Angie Harmon's "Rizzoli & Isles" character, Jane Rizzoli, is about to discover when a former colleague and love interest returns to the Boston Police Department Tuesday night as the new head of the BPD's drug unit.
The old flame, played by head-turning guest star Amaury Nolasco, is Lt. Detective Rafael Martinez. Martinez is someone Rizzoli can't ignore because she needs him to do her job. "They definitely had some turmoil in the past," says Nolasco, best known for playing inmate Fernando Sucre on Fox's "Prison Break." Now, he's going to cause Rizzoli to come undone. "I'm the guy who's shaking things up, causing turmoil, bringing up a lot of painful stuff."
Nolasco won't say what that stuff is, only that he's loving going toe-to-toe with Harmon. “They told me, 'You and Angie are going to have some confrontations,'" says Nolasco. "And who doesn't like confrontations? They make everything interesting."
The on-screen battles couldn’t be more different, he says, from the vibe on set. Nolasco was recommended for the job by an old friend who happens to be the other leading lady on the show, Sasha Alexander, who plays Dr. Maura Isles. "We go way back," says Nolasco, "to when she was doing 'Wasteland' on ABC (1999). She was dating a guy, and I was dating the guy's sister."
As for Harmon, Nolasco says it is always intimidating to meet the stars of a series for the first time, especially those on a hit— cable television's No. 1 drama — that has been running for four seasons. "And she's so beautiful," says Nolasco. "But from the get-go, she was like, 'Hi! I'm Angie. Welcome to the show.' And then she gave me a hug. She's the leader on that set. She made it so easy. She broke every wall that there was."
Nolasco, 42, knows a little something about breaking walls. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to a family of doctors, he was well on his way to medical school himself when he was discovered on a hometown beach. "Somebody asked me if I wanted to be in a commercial," he says. That led to more commercials, a Puerto Rican TV show, and a growing curiosity about acting. Nolasco, who was majoring in biology at the University of Puerto Rico, decided to take an acting class. "The class that I took was at 7 o'clock in the morning," he says. "And I LOVE to sleep. But it was the only class available."
Nolasco says the class changed his life. He was inspired by his teacher, Dean Zayas, whom Nolasco describes as the Puerto Rican version of Lee Strasberg. Zayas encouraged him to consider acting seriously. But when Nolasco told his parents he wanted to be an actor, they didn't believe him. "They thought I was trying to be funny," he says. "They said, 'But you’re going to finish your degree, right?' School was very important."
Nolasco did finish his undergraduate work, then moved to New York. But early on in his career, the Spanish accent was something he was repeatedly told he had to overcome. "For many years they told me, 'You have to work on your accent, blah, blah, blah.' Just because I have an accent, does that mean that I can’t speak?"
But now, Nolasco says the acceptance of Latinos on television, and the growing recognition of their buying power as the country's largest minority, is becoming so much greater that now he's hearing, " 'We need a thicker accent.' And we’re not only playing the murderers anymore. We're not only playing the characters who get killed off after the first couple of scenes. We're also playing the good guys."
Even if the good guys bring heartache to other good guys.