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29 August 2013

Eric Winter On Rizzoli & Isles Gig

ImageEric Winter (ex-Rex, DAYS) appeared on TNT's RIZZOLI & ISLES last night, and the actor, who is filming Lifetime's upcoming series, THE WITCHES OF EAST END, would love to return. "Hopefully I can come back next season," Winter says. "They had to stop my recurring [role] this season because I booked [WITCHES]. I was supposed to be in the last two, including the season finale, and then I got this gig so they reshaped the story. I don’t know what they reshaped, but we have talked and ideally I’ll be back about next season." Winter enjoyed working with Sasha Alexander (Maura Isles). "I came on as a bomb technician who sparks a quirky, flirty relationship with Maura. We hit it off over a case. It’s a fun dynamic, not in the obvious right-off-the-bat attraction, but it’s on a deeper, funny level that we start to say, 'Hey, this could be interesting.' " Tune into TNT for repeats of the episode this week. WITCHES OF EAST END premieres October 6.

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29 August 2013

Overnight Ratings for EP410

ImageEpisode 410, "Built for Speed"

Viewers(million, Live+SD): 5.997

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD): 1.4

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28 August 2013

Janet Tamaro's Meet My Crew - Week 11

Hair Dresser For Angie Harmon - Carla Farmer

Hello my name is Carla Farmer I do the hair for Angie Harmon on Rizzoli and Isles. Angie has naturally wavy hair, so creating the look is usually done with a plethora of products to maintain and, by manipulating a Enzo curling wand all over her head. Our secret trick to get volume in between takes is flip her hair over and as she is upside down, we spray… And flip back over… Instant volume!

Costume Designer - Billy Ray McKenna

As Costume Designer for Rizzoli and Isles it is my department’s responsibility to create character appropriate looks for each cast member in the show. Once I have read the script and had a meeting with the fine folks that write the episodes I then head out for a day of gathering outfits that help bring a character to life on TV. Sometimes that means NOT making someone look their best but to make someone look like they have had a really bad day…that can be difficult because most people want to always look their best. Those are my challenges each episode that we all embrace to develop hopefully a realness to the overall look of our show. It is an incredibly rewarding job especially when I get to see the fruits of everyones efforts on the screen each week. I have an amazing crew that I am nothing without and work for the best our industry has to offer.


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28 August 2013

Ratings Update

ImageTNT's Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes closed out summer with wins as basic cable's Top 2 scripted programs for the week among total viewers. They also ranked among basic cable's Top 3 dramas for the week among adults 25-54.

Last Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles has grown to 7.7 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +4% boost over the prior week. The episode has also drawn 2.6 million adults 25-54 (+4% vs. the prior week) and 2.1 million adults 18-49 (+6% vs. the prior week).

In time-shifted viewing, the Aug. 6 episode of Rizzoli & Isles topped out with 8.1 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7.

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27 August 2013

Janet Tamaro Answers Fan Questions Season 4 Week Six

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Can you ask "Jane" if she wants to marry me?

Janet's response:
Certainly. "Jane, do you want to marry Stephanie?" She's thinking about it ... She says, "No, but thank you. I'm flattered."

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Question from Margeaux Seymour:
What's something you haven't written yet that you would like to see in the future?

Janet's response:
SO many things ... My brain is constantly getting stimulated by current events or books I'm reading or great investigative pieces or a conversation I overhear or something going on in my own life or with my husband or one of my daughters or a friend or an acquaintance ... SO, SO MANY things ... Luckily for me, my agitated, busy brain is constantly trying to form new stories ...

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24 August 2013

Lee Thompson Young Memorial Held, Angie Harmon "in Tears" at Service for Rizzoli & Isles Costar

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Lee Thompson Young will definitely be missed.

Family and friends, including the cast of Rizzoli & Isles, gathered on the Paramount lot this morning for a memorial service honoring the actor, who died Monday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Among the mourners was Angie Harmon, who broke down in tears while speaking about her late costar, an eyewitness exclusively tells E! News.

"It was really hard to hear her because she was in tears," says a friend of Young's who attended the private gathering. "It was very emotional."

Rizzoli & Isles star Jordan Bridges also spoke about Young, saying that he had been excited to start working with him especially because they shared a passion for martial arts. They shared a connection and became good pals, Bridges said. He concluded his remarks by holding what's known as a horse stance, similar to a warrior pose in yoga, in honor of his friend.

Tuesday's episode of the TNT crime drama was dedicated to Young's memory.

 

Shawn Levy, who directed Young in the Disney Channel series The Famous Jett Jackson, also attended the nearly three-hour service.

Young's practice of the West African religion Ifa was also highlighted throughout. Dancers dressed all in white performed to the beat of live drum music and the actor's former karate teacher entered the room ahead of Young's mother, writer Velma Love, blessing the ground in front of her as she walked in.

Some of the mourners were dressed all in white, too, as a nod to Young's Ifa practice.

Love told those assembled that Young was a great son who was always eager to help her, even when she hadn't asked for any.

His mom "would tell stories about how she would send him things that she had written asking him first not to make any changes and he would send her back a list of suggestions," the friend told us.

Young's friend said that a number of people got up to speak and they had similar things to say regarding what a great person he was.

"He never got mad at anyone," said the friend. "If you had something to talk about, even if it was not interesting, he would sit there and listen. He as a good spirit. He was down to earth" and never put on airs about being a Hollywood actor.

Young's apparent suicide "came as a shock to everyone," the friend said.

But on Friday, "everyone there was celebrating his life, which is what he would have wanted," the friend added. "He wanted everyone to come together and be a big family, so that is what we did. We came together to celebrate him and his life."

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24 August 2013

Angie Harmon's Emotional Memories Of Lee Thompson Young

ImageOn Friday afternoon, an emotional Angie Harmon paid tribute to her Rizzoli & Isles co-star, Lee Thompson Young, who took his own life five days ago, RumorFix is reporting exclusively.

Harmon, dressed in black, was one of the 150 or so people who celebrated Lee's 29 years of life on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.

An eyewitness tells us, the actress was visibly distraught when she took to the podium alongside fellow Rizzoli & Isles cast mate Jordan Bridges who she let do most of the talking because she said she was still having a hard time putting together words.

But through her tears, our eyewitness says, "Angie spoke from the heart and thanked his mother, Velma, over and over for all of the wonderful qualities Lee possessed." She then said she just remembered how they were all at work Monday when they got the shocking word of Lee’s tragic suicide and a make-up artist had a spiritual card with a comforting message on it, as if it was a sign from Lee.

The service began with spiritual celebrations, scriptures and chants from Ifa, a West-African based religion that Young began practicing more than one year ago. And, many members of his church were in attendance wearing white instead of the traditional black.

Lee's longtime manager, Jonathan Baruch, told the story of how as a 13-year-old from South Carolina, Lee convinced his mother to move to New York with him so he could pursue an acting career. A year later he landed the title lead role in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson. He said that Lee was the embodiment of achieving any goals he set.

Jett Jackson director Shawn Levy recalled how after seeing hundreds of young hopefuls, he knew Young had the part the minute he walked in to the audition. He said there was a light behind his eyes that shown so brightly, and that the character of Jett Jackson was one of a 13-year-old on his way to becoming famous, and that was exactly who he saw in Lee.

After three successful years on the Disney show, Lee followed his desire to further his education and went to the University of Southern California film school, graduating with honors (and got into the school with a very impressive 1350 on his S.A.T. his manager proudly noted). His college friends - many of them in attendance - told stories about Lee was and how he was the most humble and generous friend.

Our eyewitness says, Rizzoli & Isles show runner Janet Tamaro brought her original casting notes and said that after Lee's audition she wrote down "STW"which in production terms means "send to wardrobe"... in other words, he landed the part. She also wrote down on Lee’s casting notes "bright, gentle light."

One common thread among the speakers was how highly everyone around him thought of Lee. They described a very intelligent, friendly, caring, professional, loving gentle man. And all of them still seemed in shock that the person they knew would choose to take his own life.

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23 August 2013

Memorial for Lee Thompson Young to Be Held Friday to Honor Rizzoli & Isles Actor

ImageFamily and friends will start gathering tomorrow to honor the late Lee Thompson Young.

A private memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, where Rizzoli & Isles tapes, E! News has exclusively learned.

The TNT procedural dedicated this week's episode to Young, who died Monday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29 and had been suffering from depression.

"He was always happy, energized, good vibe and good smile," a friend of Young's, who says he last saw the actor about three months ago, tells E! News. "He was excited to work on [Rizzoli & Isles], announcing, 'I'm going back to work!'"

Young's death "was a big shock," the pal said, noting that he heard that the actor was struggling with some issues while shooting the movie Friday Night Lights back in 2004, but had seemed to work through them.

"He hid it well," the friend added of Young, saying that the young man was passionate about friends, family and martial arts.

Young's family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Young Storytellers Foundation.

Another source told E! that Young, whose big break came when he scored the titular lead on Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson, didn't drink or party was rather "gentle and unassuming."

"Lee loved to travel and was always the first to tell everyone to take a breath and enjoy the beauty of life," the insider said.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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23 August 2013

More Magazine Preview - Angie Harmon: Getting What You Want at Any Age

ImageAs a girl, she learned to shoot a gun-and to stick to her guns in making her dreams happen. The star of TV's top-rated Rizzoli & Isles talks about faith, family and swimming against Hollywood's political tide

She may be known for her gorgeous looks, her rambunctious sense of humor, her commitment to faith and family and her steadfast refusal to change her politics to fit the local fashion. But one of Angie Harmon's strengths-her dedication to her profession-may have been underestimated: For the past few weeks, she has been filming her TNT crime series Rizzoli & Isles while walking around (and nabbing bad guys) on a badly injured ankle.

"I tripped over a C-stand [a piece of lighting equipment] on the set," she explains when we meet for dinner in a noisy L.A. bistro. "To save face, I kept saying, 'It's fine, it's fine,' but inside I'm thinking, It's bad, it's -really bad. You know when you're so hurt, you feel like you're going to throw up? But they just said it was a sprain-until the seventh doctor, the one I just saw. He said, 'We're looking for a break or a bruise or a tear.' Then he pulled up my X-ray and said, 'You have all three.' "

It's a development that could have been scripted for the sassy, self-assured detective she plays on one of cable TV’s highest-rated shows-and soon was. While another actress might have been down for the season, Harmon returned to production, with her character, the admirably athletic Jane Rizzoli, simply pausing to ice her ankle.

Read the rest of Angie's story in the September issue of MORE, on newsstands August 27!

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22 August 2013

 

22 August 2013

Overnight Ratings for EP409

ImageEpisode 409, "No One Mourns the Wicked"

Viewers(million, Live+SD): 5.605

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD): 1.1

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22 August 2013

Columbia native turned TV star takes own life

ImageLee Thompson Young used to spend a lot of time in the children's room at the Richland Library on Main Street, like a lot of children did and still do.

Yet there was something special about the Columbia youngster who went on to become a television star, and who apparently took his own life Monday at age 29.

Leslie Tetreault, children's room manager at the library, sees these rare children come along every once in awhile. They stand out without really trying to.

"I knew when I met him he was on the path to stardom," Tetreault said of Young. "I told him we're going to see you in the movies, or you're going to come up with a cure for cancer. You could tell he was a dreamer and he would dream big."

Young was born in Columbia in 1984, son of Velma and Tommy Scott Young. His father was a renowned storyteller and author who founded the Kitani Foundation in 1977 to bring national artists to Columbia. Tommy Scott Young later went on to be storyteller-in-residence at the Lincoln Center Institute in New York.

Lee Thompson Young felt at home in the local library at an early age. He was helping other youngsters as a junior volunteer at the library before he moved to New York at age 12. He was a natural as an actor, not only smart but physically attractive and the type of speaker who drew people in, Tetreault said.

Darion McCloud worked at the library back then and, like most everyone who met Young, fell into his orbit. McCloud technically became Young's mentor, but their relationship was more of a friendship. Young had that kind of personality; as a 9-year-old, adults wanted to be friends with him.

"He was an amazing person," McCloud said Monday. "I know everybody always says that about someone when they're gone, but it’s nothing but true."

Sam Johnson, special assistant to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, took martial arts classes as a child with Young. "He was always happy, very athletic, very energetic," Johnson recalled.

Though Young was about four years older, he and Johnson sparred often during workouts. To Johnson, Young always seemed like just another smart, talented kid, even toward the end of his time in Columbia when he was interviewing for big acting jobs.

At age 14 in 1998, Young rose to fame as the lead actor on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson." He built a solid acting career with dozens of roles in film and television, most recently at Detective Barry Frost in the television series "Rizzoli & Isles." Through the years, he stayed in touch with McCloud, talking by phone several times a year.

"We had one of those adult, long-distance friendships," McCloud said. "We were both comic book nerds. He would pitch ideas to me based on comic-book themes."

McCloud said Young came across as balanced. He talked about public service and working to get better at the acting craft. He was trying to do work that meant something to people.

Those who knew Young as a child in Columbia were stunned that he might have taken his own life. Young's landlord found Young in his L.A. apartment when he failed to show up to the "Rizzoli & Isles" set Monday. He seemed so grounded and sure of himself, they said.

"I was proud to know him, and not just because he was famous," McCloud said. "When he was 9 years old, I was proud to be his friend. Please let the world know how special my friend was."

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21 August 2013

 

 

21 August 2013

E! Online Exclusive: Lee Thompson Young Suffered From Depression Leading Up to Tragic Death, Says Source

ImageLee Thompson Young Suffered From Depression Leading Up to Tragic Death, Says Source

To most of us, the news of Lee Thompson Young's tragic death on Tuesday, Aug. 19, came as a complete shock.

But sources close to the late actor exclusively tell E! News he had suffered from depression for some time leading up to his apparent suicide.

The Rizzoli & Isles star, who was 29 at the time of his death, "didn't drink or party," says a source, adding, "He was the opposite. Lee loved to travel and was always the first to tell everyone to take a breath and enjoy the beauty of life." He was always "gentle and unassuming," despite his early success, and didn't have the typical "look-at-me" attitude.

That said, those close to Young noticed things "really changed" a few years ago when he began practicing Yorùbá, an Africa-based religion which has a saying, "iku ya j'esin", meaning "death is preferable to ignominy." Some have questioned whether this means that suicide is an acceptable way to preserve personal or family honor in the face of public shame.

However, Yorùbá culture icon and Chief Priest of Osogbo, Araba Ifayemi Osundagbonu Elebuibon, told the National Mirror earlier this year that the religion "[does] not support suicide. Their belief is that if somebody commits suicide, they will be punished in the hereafter."

The Famous Jett Jackson star "took [his religion] to the next level and started wearing white all of the time," says a source, adding, "This religion was everything to him." Although he reportedly took a break from practicing Yorùbá, he recently returned to the religion. Just before his death, he visited a small village in Africa for something reportedly related to the religion.

As for Young's family? A source notes that he was close with his mother and sister, but relatives were worried his close friends no longer lived in L.A., leaving him surrounded mostly by "industry types."

Police discovered the erstwhile Disney star's body Monday when, after he didn't show up to set to film Rizzoli & Isles, his concerned coworkers sent the authorities to his home to investigate. In the wake of Young's death, production on the TNT show has been temporarily suspended.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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21 August 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageWith one week of summer left to go, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes continue to dominate the charts. The two shows ranked as basic cable's Top 2 scripted programs for the week among total viewers. They also ranked among basic cable's Top 3 dramas for the week among adults 25-54.

Last Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles has grown to 7.4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, up slightly over the prior week. The episode has also drawn 2.5 million adults 25-54 (+6% vs. the prior week) and 2.0 million adults 18-49 (+1% vs. the prior week).

On the time-shifted viewing front.....the July 30 episode of Rizzoli & Isles drew a final Live + 7 delivery of 8.0 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 25-54.

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21 August 2013

Update on Rizzoli & Isles production

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TNT's Rizzoli & Isles has shut down production on the drama series. It is unclear how long production of Rizzoli & Isles will be suspended while cast and crew mourn the loss of Lee Thompson Young.

The show was to start filming the last episode of season 4 this week. While Janet Tamaro is grieving the loss of her friend and co-worker, she has the hard task of "figuring out" the production of "Rizzoli & Isles" and how they will move on from this loss.

Let's all please respect the cast/crew during this time emotional time.

 

And if you or anyone you know is going through a tough time, remember there is always someone that will listen. Every life is important and precious.

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20 August 2013

Tweets from R&I cast/crew about Lee

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20 August 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Stops Production Following Lee Thompson Young's Death

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Production on TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles has been shut down in light of the sudden passing of co-star Lee Thompson Young whose body was discovered in his apartment after he failed to show up for work this morning. The producers of the series, in which Thompson played star Angie Harmon's partner on the force, are currently evaluating whether to resume production tomorrow or go on hiatus while the cast and crew cope with Young's death and writers figure out how to write off his character.

 

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20 August 2013

Statement from TNT, WB, and Janet Tamaro

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Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.

 

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20 August 2013

Statement from Lee Thompson Young's manager

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"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will truly be missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."

 

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20 August 2013

Famous Jett Jackson, Rizzoli & Isles Star Lee Thompson Young Dies at 29

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Thoughts and prayers to Lee's family, friends and co-workers during this time.

 

Lee Thompson Young, who played the title character on Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson and currently stars on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, has died at age 29, TMZreports. Authorities believe the cause of death is suicide.

Young's body was found by his landlord with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to TMZ.

The actor was currently starring as Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles. Members of the show's staff became concerned when Young didn't show up for work Mondaymorning, and called his landlord to check up on him, TMZ reports.

Born in Columbia, S.C., Young landed the lead role in The Famous Jett Jackson in 1998. His subsequent TV credits included roles on Scrubs, FlashForward andSmallville, as well as the Friday Night Lights movie.

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18 August 2013

Photos of Angie in the Sept. issue of More Magazine

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The actress tells More magazine that she is still surprised when viewers of the TNT cop show push for the title characters to become more than just friends.

“Rizzoli & Isles” star Angie Harmon has a great working dynamic with co-star Sasha Alexander, but she was still surprised when fans of the show pushed for their characters to become more than friends.

“It was like, ‘We’re not going to watch your show because you won’t write them making out,’ ” Harmon told More in the magazine’s 15th-anniversary issue.

Nowadays, Harmon and Alexander, 40, wink at their lesbian following. “Whether we’re gay or straight, it doesn’t matter,” Harmon said. “We’re all women. We all have the same wonderful situations happen to us, the same horrific situations. We all get our hearts broken.”

Harmon, now 41, dished that passing 40 changed her perspective. She described it as “not a midlife crisis, but a midlife wakeup. I’m halfway done. I still have some good years. But I see the clock ticking where I didn’t see it before,” she said.

For Harmon, married to former New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn for 12 years, age is a way to appreciate the gifts in her life. “I’ve learned to stop and remind myself to look around and notice who I’m with,” Harmon said. “Then I take that moment to really record what is going on and to make it a great memory — because it is all so fleeting.”

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16 August 2013

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16 August 2013

TNT Renews Summer Series Rizzoli & Isles,Major Crimes and Perception as Series Dominate Basic Cable's Summer Ratings Charts

ImageThree Popular Dramas Join Previously Renewed Falling Skies among TNT’s Returning Hits

TNT has renewed three of its hit summer series, including the top-ranked Rizzoli & Isles and the Top 10 dramas Major Crimes and Perception. The renewals join the previously announced fourth-season order of TNT's epic drama Falling Skies, one of the summer’s most popular dramas with key demos.

TNT's news comes as all four shows rank among basic cable's Top 10 series with total viewers for the summer-to-date, with Rizzoli & Isles leading the pack at #1 and Major Crimes ranking among the Top 5. In addition, all four series rank among basic cable's Top 10 summer dramas with adults 25-54. And Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles are two of basic cable’s Top 5 dramas with adults 18-49.

"TNT has had a terrific summer with four big hits that have drawn viewers with great storytelling, engaging characters and outstanding performances," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With the renewals of Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and Perception, TNT has built an incredibly strong arsenal of scripted series. And it's only going to get stronger with the addition of Mob City and the return of Dallas this winter, not to mention the debuts of The Last Ship and Legends next summer."

TNT has ordered a fifth season of its blockbuster drama Rizzoli & Isles. Ranking as basic cable’s #1 series for the summer-to-date, Rizzoli & Isles has averaged 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an increase of +6% over last season. Rizzoli & Isles is drawing 2.9 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7 and 2.3 million adults 18-49, ranking as one of basic cable's Top 5 dramas with both key demos. Rizzoli & Isles will end its summer run on Sept. 10, returning in early 2014 for the second half of its fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the fifth season, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.

TNT's Major Crimes will return for a third season. The hit crime-drama, which currently ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 5 series, is drawing more than 6.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. The show is also one of basic cable's Top 10 summer dramas among adults 25-54 (2.1 million). Currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), Major Crimes is set to wrap up its summer run Aug. 19. It will return in November for the second half of the season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season three, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.

TNT has ordered a third season of its hit series Perception. In its second season, Perception is averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live+7 delivery, with 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49 in Live + 7 delivery. It ranks as one of basic cable's Top 10 summer dramas with total viewers and adults 25-54. Perception is slated to end its summer run on Aug. 27, returning in early 2014 for the rest of its second season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season three, which is expected to launch in summer 2014.

After delivering a sizzling summer lineup, TNT is ready to keep the fire burning with new and returning scripted dramas. Heading up the list of new shows is the eagerly anticipated series event Mob City, from executive producer Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead). The powerful drama about the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. is slated to premiere Wednesday, Dec. 4. TNT's scripted series lineup for 2013 also includes the continuation of Major Crimes on Monday, Nov. 25. Three scripted series will return in early 2014, including the third season of Dallas and the continued current seasons of Rizzoli & Isles and Perception. Next summer, new seasons of TNT’s summer hits will be joined by the action-packed drama The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) and executive-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), and Legends, starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) and executive-produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24).

About Rizzoli & Isles
Consistently ranking as one of basic cable’s top dramas, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon is Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Brian Goodman, Jordan Bridges and Lee Thompson Young, with Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco.

Rizzoli & Isles was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. The series is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions, with Tamaro, Haber and Michael Katleman serving as executive producers.

About Major Crimes
Television's favorite squad of detectives is on the case in Major Crimes, TNT's powerful crime-drama that ranks as one of basic cable's most popular series. Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. The series' extraordinary ensemble cast includes two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech coordinator Buzz Watson and Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales. In addition, Graham Patrick Martin plays Rusty Beck, a homeless teen and material witness taken in by Captain Raydor, and Robert Gossett is Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. This season, Nadine Velazquez joined the ensemble as Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.

About Perception
TNT's mind-bending drama Perception features one of the most unique crime solvers on television, an eccentric neuroscience professor recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it is also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who has recruited Pierce to consult on cases. Also starring are Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan and LeVar Burton.

Perception was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman. McCormack also serves as producer. Perception is produced by ABC Studios.

About Falling Skies
TNT's epic drama Falling Skies, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader. The series' exceptional ensemble cast also includes Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter.

In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman. TNT recently announced it has renewed Falling Skies for a 10-episode fourth season, scheduled to air in summer 2014. Based on the most recent Live + 7 data available (eight episodes), Falling Skies is showing a slight uptick compared to season 2.


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15 August 2013

Overnight Ratings for EP408

ImageEpisode 408, "Cold as Ice"

Viewers(million, Live+SD): 5600

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD): 1.1

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14 August 2013

Janet Tamaro's Meet My Crew - Week 10

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Fred Teague - Transportation Captain

Hello- My name is Fred Teague I'm the Transportation Coordinator on the show my job is to service each department Grips,Set Lighting,Camera,Props,Wardrobe etc... picking up whatever their needs are to make the show I'm also in charge of moving all of the working equipment and the cast trailers from location to location depending on where their needed for shooting with the help of a great transportation team as a Transportation Coordinator I'm also required to go out and find all of the vehicles that you see on the screen based on whatever it is the script calls for.

 

 



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James S. Levine - Composer

My name is James S Levine and I'm the composer for Rizzoli and Isles. My job is to work with Janet and the post production team to realize the musical voice and world of the show. Driven by story I compose the underscore and help establish tone for the show. This might mean an upbeat action piece for a foot chase, a dark and moody piece for an interrogation, or an emotional piece for a heart to heart or romantic moment.

 

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14 August 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageWith the final month of summer now under way, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes ranked among basic cable's top three programs for the week with total viewers.

Last week's episode of Rizzoli & Isles, basic cable's #1 series for the summer-to-date, has grown to 7.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery. The episode has also brought in 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49.

On the time-shifted viewing front...The July 23 episode of Rizzoli & Isles finished with 8.0 million viewers (+4% vs. the prior week) and 2.7 million adults 25-54 (+2%) in Live + 7.

 

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13 August 2013

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12 August 2013

Lorraine Bracco on becoming a Grandmother and recalling Gandolfini

ImageOn and offscreen, Lorraine Bracco is one happy mama.

On TNT, she's Angela Rizzoli, mother to Angie Harmon's title character in "Rizzoli & Isles," and in real life, she's a mother to Margaux, whose graduation from the University of Pennsylvania a few years ago was "a very proud moment, because I never went to college," and to Stella, who's "studying to be a clinical psychiatrist, which makes me laugh."

Oh, and she's going to become a grandmother in December, and "I feel like a jerk, I'm so excited," she told reporters at a TNT party.

Bracco, of course, is still best known for playing Tony Soprano's shrink, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, in "The Sopranos," but "Rizzoli & Isles" seems to suit her mood right now. "It's so funny, with Jimmy's death, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that work is fun," she said.

"I still don't believe it. It's as simple as that," she said of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini's death in June, at age 51.

In her scenes with Gandolfini, she said, he was playful only "when he was done with his [part of the] scene," she said. "When they turned around to me, he was like a jerk," she added, laughing. "I swear to you. He was so silly. He would do everything to break me [out of] character."

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10 August 2013

Happy Birthday Angie!

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Let's all wish her a Happy Birthday!!!

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9 August 2013

Janet Tamaro's Meet My Crew- Week 9

ImageCheif Lighting Technician - Eric West

Hello, my name is Eric West and I am the Chief Lighting Technician on Rizzoli & Isles. Also known as the Gaffer, it’s my job to collaborate with the cinematorgrpher to create a mood through lighting based on the script. I choose the appropriate lighting instruments and focus them. You’ll often see me standing on the actor’s marks focusing each unit so the actors are always standing in their best light. I have a great crew of set lighting technicians who help set each light for an efficient lighting setup. I work with the key grip and his crew who help shape each light with the use of diffusion and flags and nets. I grew up 45 minutes South of Boston so you could say I have an eye for the way the light should look in Boston.

 

 

ImageCasting Associate - Kamala Thomas

The Casting Associate works closely with the casting director to find all the guest actors for every episode. That means, I have to keep current on all movies and TV shows, go to local theater and constantly keep an eye out for and audition “undiscovered,” well-trained, professional actors who might be right for one of the “guest” characters created for each episode of Rizzoli & Isles. The Casting Associate pre-reads and does callbacks to cull through all potential candidatures for roles before holding the final casting session that will be attended by JT, Michael Katleman, the producing director, and the director of the episode. We can see up to 50 candidates after culling through thousands of submissions that come to us through agents and manager. We will only bring five or so “special” contenders, who are in line with JT’s description of the character. Once JT and the directors have made their final choice, the Studio and the Network must give final approval before I can make arrangements to hire the “approved” actor or actress.


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8 August 2013

Episodic Photos from EP409

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8 August 2013

Overnight Ratings for EP407

ImageEpisode 407, "All For One"

Viewers(million, Live+SD): 5499

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD): 1.2

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7 August 2013

Rizzoli & Isles mentioned on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers shared the stage on "Late Night" and joked about what it will be like when Meyers takes over the show from Fallon. The video, which can be watched above, shows the great chemistry the two "Saturday Night Live" alums have and bodes well for when they're both running NBC's late night shows.
Meyers addresses the frequently asked question about whether or not he'll inherit The Roots from Fallon along with "Late Night." "I think they think it's like you're going to college and I just get your stuff," he quips. Sounds to us like The Roots will be following Fallon to "The Tonight Show."
The pair also crack jokes about what the marketing strategy will be for them when the late night shift takes place. "I was thinking, there's going to be like us on billboards and we have to figure out our poses. Are we going to back-to-backer it?" Meyers suggests. Fallon thinks they should do a "skydiver and instructor pose," but Meyers wins the idea contest with his suggestion they stand there "no nonsense" and have the words "Rizzoli & Isles" under them.

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7 August 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageWith the final month of summer now under way, TNT's dramas continue to top the basic cable charts:

– Basic cable's #1 program for the week among total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles

– Basic cable's Top 3 dramas for the week among total viewers: Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies

– Basic cable's Top 3 dramas for the week with adults 25-54: Falling Skies, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes

Last Tuesday's episode of TNT's top-rated Rizzoli & Isles has grown to 7.4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, edging out the prior week's audience. The episode has also garnered 2.4 million adults 25-54 and more than 2.0 million adults 18-49, with the latter demo growing +6%.

The July 16 episode of Rizzoli & Isles finished with 7.7 million viewers and 2.6 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7.

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2 August 2013

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2 August 2013

'Rizzoli & Isles' Star Angie Harmon Previews the Season 4 Finale

Image[Spoilers follow] With only one episode left in season four, Jane (Angie Harmon) has little time remaining to rekindle her relationship with Casey (Chris Vance).

"It's definitely going to happen," Harmon told the Journal at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Having returned from Iraq where he served, "Casey is back in one piece and he’s in the picture," said Harmon, with a good chance of him breaking Jane’s season long single status.

For the first time in the show’s history, Jane donned a skirt in last week’s episode, assuaging Harmon’s fears that she’s always "playing the man." It could be a one-time occurrence though, as Harmon said she won’t be seen in another in season four.

Although work always proves to be a challenge, the season finale will take a deeper look into Jane’s personal life, "specifically focusing on loss," said Harmon.

"My character carries a lot with her, [the audience] will begin to understand how her investment in any one of the crimes is a jumping off point," for her personal life, Harmon added.

The season four finale of "Rizzoli & Isles" airs Tuesday, Aug. 6 on TNT.

 

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1 August 2013

Janet Tamaro Answers Fan Questions Season 4 Week Five

ImageQuestion from Lulu Malouf:
What has been the hardest episode you had to write for and why?

Janet's response:
All of them ... okay, that's not very helpful, is it? They're ALL hard. Each and every time I face the blank page that must ultimately be shaped and developed into multiple story lines and a complicated mystery, then discussed in the writers' room and researched and THEN turned into an 18-page outline AND have 5 act breaks AND be something we can shoot on our stages in 7.5 days AND write and re-write pages and pages to get the script to a 55-page script that has a fresh story, funny and interesting and accurate dialogue, action AND all the instructions for 300 crew members who will help me make one of these beasts into an episode of television is friggin' daunting. And yes ... that's a run-on sentence ... phew ...

 

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1 August 2013

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1 August 2013

Overnight Ratings for EP406

ImageEpisode 406, "Somebody's Watching Me"

Viewers(million, Live+SD): 5.328

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD): 1.0

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