TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, one of basic cable's Top 10 original series this quarter, garnered more than 5.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for last Tuesday's episode. Among key demos, the show averaged more than 1.7 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.
Rizzoli & Isles is preparing to say goodbye to one of its own.
Following the tragic death of star Lee Thompson Young last August, the TNT hit series will address his passing in the beginning of the upcoming fifth season, according to star Angie Harmon.
"Hope you enjoyed @RizzoliIslesTNT season 4 finale," Harmon tweeted. "Season 5 eps 1&2 address our beloved Lee w/ love, honor & respect. Thank you @JanNash100."
During Rizzoli & Isles' season four finale, which aired on Tuesday, March 18, the cast and crew did not live-tweet the episode, with executive producer Jan Nash explaining, "Out of respect for our colleague Lee Thompson Young, the staff of R&I will not be live tweeting during tonight's episode."
Production on the TNT series was halted after Young, 29, committed suicide on Aug. 19.
With the series since the pilot, the episode that aired after his death was dedicated to Young with a memorial card that read, "In Loving Memory of Lee Thompson Young, 1984 - 2013." The card was then followed by silent footage of Young as Detective Barry Frost.
After Young's passing, the show's creator Janet Tamaro offered a touching statement on behalf of TNT and Warner Bros.
"Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young," Tamaro said. "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 offscreen, 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."
Rizzoli & Isles' fifth season premieres on June 17 on TNT.
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TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles chalked up its best Live + 3 deliveries so far this winter among total viewers as last week's episode garnered more than 6.5 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +26% leap over the prior week's episode. The program grew as well as among key demos, climbing to 2.1 million adults 25-54 (+25% vs. the prior week) and 1.7 million adults 18-49 (+18%).
Is love in the air for Rizzoli and Isles? No, not like that!
On Rizzoli & Isles' Season 4 finale Tuesday (9/8c, TNT), things get playful between Maura (Sasha Alexander) and Frankie (Jordan Bridges) when she tends to his busted lip. But just as he's about to make a move, big sis Jane (Angie Harmon) interrupts them.
"OK, what's going on between you two?" she asks.
Check out the clip below. Rizzoli & Isles airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on TNT.
@ChiponTNT is actually Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson) , a comic book and screenwriter. Nathan has created many hit comics('Olympus', 'Who is Jake Ellis?', 'The Dream Merchant'). He wrote 'Grifter' for DC Comics and 'Ultimate Iron Man' for Marvel Comics and he is currently the writer behind the smash hit Marvel Now! books 'Black Widow' and 'The Punisher.' His Eisner-nominated book 'Who is Jake Ellis?' is soon to be a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox and director David Yates.
Check out the tweet pix and the story of how @ChiponTNT came to be....
SI: Beside your March 11 appearance at Nickel Diner, what else brings you to L.A.?
NE: I have a film at Fox that is based on one of my books called Who Is Jake Ellis? David Yates is directing and Peter Chernin is producing. I have several other books that are in various stages of development. But one of the other things I'm out here this time is that I have a walk-on on Rizzoli & Isles.
SI: Pardon? Did you just say you have a walk-on on Rizzoli & Isles? How in the world did that happen?
NE: I was at a TCA event at the Beverly Hilton and I happened to be with some actors and was asked repeatedly what show I was on. So I started telling people that I played the character "Chip" on Rizzoli & Isles, and this joke took off. I created a fake Twitter account for him. Angie Harmon sent me a package with a little note and a blanket, a Kindle Fire and slippers from the show. It has basically led to me having a walk-on as Chip. Fun night!
TNT, home to more hit dramas than any other cable network, is preparing to roll out a stellar summer lineup of 10 original series, including five returning hits – Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash – and the launch of Murder in the First, a powerful new crime drama from 10-time Emmy®-winning executive producer Steven Bochco. These six shows join the previously announced season premiere of Falling Skies and the debuts of the exciting new series The Last Ship and Legends in giving TNT a total of nine scripted dramas this summer, the most ever for a basic cable network. In addition, TNT’s unscripted crime-investigation series Cold Justice, which is currently in its second season, will join the lineup with a run of new episodes.
TNT’s summer slate includes some of the most popular dramas on cable, including four of basic cable’s 15 most-watched dramas of 2013: Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and Perception. In addition, Rizzoli & Isles and Falling Skies ranked among basic cable’s Top 10 series of the year with adults 25-54 and among the Top 20 with adults 18-49.
“This summer TNT is continuing to expand and energize its line-up with both returning audience favorites and new series that speak to the future direction of our brand promise: If you love drama that thrills, turn to TNT,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re excited to offer our audience a variety of programming – action-adventure, crime-drama, mystery and suspense – all delivering on our promise to take viewers on a thrilling ride and leave them satisfied at the end.”
TNT will launch its summer lineup with the season 3 premiere of Major Crimes on Monday, June 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Mary McDonnell stars in the series, leading one of the best ensemble casts on television. Major Crimes will be followed by the launch of Murder in the First, starring Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) as a pair of homicide detectives investigating a murder related to a Silicon Valley wunderkind.
“Murder in the First is unique among TNT’s crime-dramas by focusing on one intense, complicated case across an entire season, with several surprises and twists along the way,” said Wright. “Created by Steven Bochco, one of the most successful and acclaimed television producers of all time, Murder in the First is the kind of drama that viewers will want to follow from the beginning. So after each episode premieres on TNT, we’re going to extend its availability via TNT’s mobile apps and website through the end of the season, giving viewers plenty of opportunities to jump in at any time and catch up on past episodes.”
TNT’s summer lineup will continue on Tuesday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) with the launch of the fifth season of TNT’s blockbuster hit Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Then at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), TNT will kick off the third season of its mind-bending drama Perception, starring Eric McCormack. TNT’s real-life investigation series Cold Justice, which has grown its audience in season 2, will continue to have a real-world impact with a new set of cases starting Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
As announced earlier this week at SXSW, TNT’s summer action series The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), will launch Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). And Falling Skies, TNT’s epic drama starring Noah Wyle and produced by Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, will return for its fourth season Sunday, June 22, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
TNT’s second wave of dramas will arrive later in the summer, when Dallas returns for the second half of its third season. Currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) through mid-April, the Ewing family saga will be back for its summer run starting Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Closing out the summer lineup and leading into fall, TNT will premiere the new drama Legends, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and Fringe co-executive producer David Wilcox. As announced this week at SXSW, Legends will premiere Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). It will be followed at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) by the season four premiere of Franklin & Bash, starring Mark Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as two of L.A.’s most unpredictable lawyers.
Hit Drama Delivers Impressive Growth as Time-Shifted Viewing Picks Up Steam
TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles grabbed more than 4.7 million viewers to rank as basic cable's most-watched program for the night. That figure marks the show's biggest Live + Same Day delivery so far this winter and a substantial +42% increase over last week.
Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles scored 1.4 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day delivery (+43% vs. last week) and 1.1 million adults 18-49 (+31%), also its strongest deliveries so far this winter.
Rizzoli & Isles is drumming up some great numbers in time-shifted viewing, as well. This year's first two winter episodes have already grown to 5.3 million viewers in Live + 3 (+49% vs. Live + Same Day), with 1.8 million adults 25-54 (+64% vs. L+SD) and more than 1.4 million adults 18-49 (+63% vs. L+SD).
Four of TNT's original series turned in strong performances last week. Leading the pack is Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles, which has scored 5.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery. Among key demos, the episode has garnered 1.7 million adults 25-54 and 1.4 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3.
As chief medical examiner Dr. Maura Dorthea Isles on the hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, Sasha Alexander-Ponti plays a woman who doesn’t get ruffled easily, even in the most difficult situations. This practice in restraint is something that Alexander-Ponti knows all too well as the mother of two kids (Lucia Sofia, 7, and Leonardo Fortunato, 3). Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Geneva, Switzerland, this gorgeous actress (who is married to Sofia Loren's son, Edoardo) makes sure she is equipped with all the necessary tools to get her through the day.
Favorite brand of jeans? J Brand and Current/Elliott.
Favorite T-shirt brand? The Lady and the Sailor and Splendid.
Favorite winter coat/outwear? Woolrich, the warmest coat on earth.
Favorite cold weather accessory? Sorel boots and a Eugenia Kim hat.
Favorite piece of jewelry? My engagement ring and my diamond arrowhead necklace by Kathy Rose of Roseark.
Favorite non-diaper bag? A Marni tote bag.
Favorite beauty product? Kinara Serum, Dr. Harold Lancer polish and Sonya Dakar sunscreen.
Who cuts your hair (salon & stylist)? Johnny Ramirez colors and Ahn Tran cuts. They are at Ramirez/Tran in Beverly Hills.
Where do you go for the kids' haircuts? I do it myself or slip them in to whomever is doing my hair at the moment.
Kid’s shoes? Naturino, New Balance and Vans.
Favorite kid’s clothing brand? Ooh so many—Simple Kids, Zef, Caramel Baby & Child, Crewcuts.
Favorite sneakers? Asics and Superga.
Favorite novel? FLASHMAN by George MacDonald Fraser.
Favorite children’s book? That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton; Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems.
Favorite music to listen to with the kids? "Champs Elysees" by Joe Dassin, Song In the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
Favorite place to brunch with the kids? Soho House, West Hollywood.
Favorite place to vacation with the family? Megeve, France and Cabo San Lucas.
Favorite family-friendly restaurant? Sor Tino.
Favorite food to make with the kids? Pasta, homemade pizza and a great flourless chocolate cake.
Favorite place to get kids' birthday party cake? Sweet Lady Jane and Susiecakes.
Favorite candle? Gardenia by Frederic Malle.
Favorite stationery? Aardvark Letterpress.
Favorite stroller? BOB Jogger and Britax.
Favorite coffee? Starbucks.
Favorite organizational tool? My weekly calendar pad from Paper Source.
Favorite healthy snack to share with the kids? Pirate’s Booty and raspberries.
Favorite diaper bag? I used a backpack that I loved.
Favorite parenting book? Parenting From The Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell.
Best Mother’s Day gift? Art from my children.
Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are back in this chart-busting, suspenseful series as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. As Rizzoli & Isles continues for a fourth explosive season, Jane and Maura will investigate a number of complex and troublesome cases, including a deadly shooting at a community parade, the brutal killing of an overzealous journalism student and the pending murder trial of Maura's biological father, Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman).
Plus, Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) guest stars as Lt. Detective Rafael Martinez, the newly appointed head of the Boston Police Department's drug unit, who has a conflicted professional past with Jane, forcing her to relive a painful experience. Guest stars this season also include Chris Vance, Sharon Lawrence and Colin Egglesfield.
Warner Home Video has announced that Rizzoli & Isles - The Complete 4th Season is coming to DVD on June 10th. Priced at $39.98 SRP, this 4-disc set comes in the box shown below, with 16 episodes and these two new featurettes:
- Building Boston - Transforming Los Angeles into Boston is no small task. This is a visit to the set alongside the production designer as the guide.
- Rizzoli & Isles: When Truth Meets Fiction - Executive Producer Janet Tamaro's past as a reporter, helps create plot lines that feel authentic. This documentary covers how the show takes facts and applies them to the fiction.
The second half of Season 4 of "Rizzoli & Isles" is as fresh and fun as the series was in Season 1. The relationship between Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) is as enjoyable as ever -- despite the ups and downs they have had in their personal and work relationship -- and their friendship endures.
On tonight's "Just Push Play" episode, Jane's dad (guest star Chaz Palminteri) returns after being gone for more than a year -- and he's got some shocking news.
Alexander, who spoke to Examiner.com in an exclusive interview, says it is an episode she is "super excited" for fans of the series to see.
"It is a very special episode dealing with the Rizzoli family," she says. "Chaz Palminteri returns and he causes a whole lot of problems. There is a lot happening there, and I really liked doing that episode."
The case for the night is the brutal murder of a singer and guitar player, who is stabbed in a bar. As details emerge in the case, the squad soon realizes that the victim had something to hide."
In the interview, Alexander also talked about how Maura has changed from Season 1, when we will discover how Lee Thompson Young (Detective Frost) is being written out of the series following his untimely death, both her TV moms, and more.
Maura has become one of my favorite characters because she is so refreshing. With all of her knowledge, she isn't a snob and she seems to really enjoy new experiences. Can you talk about how she has evolved since Season 1.
Maura is a really fun character for me to play because I do feel as if she has these different sides to her. This is a woman who in Season 1, you could have said, "Maybe she is just a comedic relief in a way. Maybe she just fits into a one-dimensional role, a funny and a quirky character -- and then she's out." Then, we were introduced to her family, and all of those very dark dynamics of her past, so as an actor playing her, everything was so new.
We have been watching her discover all of this stuff about her life. So, I think, there is something deeply -- I don't want to say sad, but it could be if she allowed it to go there, and yet, she is such a positive person. She wakes up and the glass is half full. I think it is because she knows a lot and she chooses to live in that world instead of something else.
I love playing her. I feel like she has evolved in huge ways and we are continuing to see that. Yet, she is still really offbeat. I am about to shoot a scene that is completely wacky and, in order to do that, I get in a frame of mind that is almost disconnected from the other [side of her] character. She is so in her own head.
Jane has had multiple boyfriends. Maura did date Jane's brother for a while and she had another relationship, where he turned out to be a bad guy. Will she find love in the three remaining episodes for this season?
No. There is a lot more family drama going on with the girls, but I do hear -- and my fingers are crossed -- for Season 5. I am hoping just as much as you to see her explore that side of her life.
Speaking of family drama, Maura has so many parents, will any of them be back?
Her biological mother, Sharon Lawrence, everyone loves her. The fans love her. I am pretty confident we will see her. I personally love watching her and Maura together. That storyline is just so interesting to me about these two people who didn't know each other most of their lives, and now, they both have the same interests, they look very similar, and they have similar mannerisms, I like that. There is something very touching about them together. I don't know. After the Golden Globes, we are going to have to talk to Jackie Bisset [who plays her adoptive mother] and see if she is going to come hang out with us. As far as Paddy Doyle [John Doman] goes, I am not sure.
In this group of episodes, are there any cases coming up that you can't wait for viewers to see?
We meet Maura's grandfather, Paddy Doyle's father. He has been in prison for a long time. She, having the big heart that she does, wants to meet this man, but it doesn't go as planned. There is a sweet story there.
I was surprised that Lee Thompson Young was in these episodes. I didn't realize he had episodes in the can. Is he in all four of these? How will his absence be explained going forward?
He is in three out of these four episodes. We will not be dealing with the departure of his character until Season 5.
You have a new executive producer, Jan Nash, have you talked to her yet about her plans for the series?
We are back to work on Season 5. We are in our fourth week. We have been trying to pick her brain as much as possible -- all the secrets that she has planned -- but they don't give us the whole arc for the entire season. I think we are just going a lot deeper with the characters. I think, all around, her intention from what I am getting is stronger stories in terms of the crimes, but personal stories. Stories that are really driving these characters together. That is really the unique part of our show is you do have these characters go through these personal and life things in conjunction with the crime. There is a lot more exploring of that.
The girls are going through a lot. They are reaching this new point. Jane is back and forth with Casey [Chris Vance]. We don't know what the outcome is going to be. That leaves them in a certain situation.
Jan is an incredible show runner, writer and woman and we are very lucky to have her with us. We kicked off the season in a strong way and I think it is going to be a good one.
And, of course, the most important thing about "Rizzoli & Isles"is the relationship between Jane and Maura. That is what people tune in to see.
I agree. People love these women so much. It is so wonderful and unusual that they just want them to be together and hang out. When we went back to shooting, it is such an easy chemistry for Angie and I. We just put the shoes on and it is there. It is not that we don't ever disagree, because we don't always see things eye to eye, but they are supportive of each other and help each other. I personally like to watch that, so I get that other people support it.
TNT's original scripted dramas grew their audiences for last week's winter premieres with solid Live + 3 deliveries, including more than 5.4 million viewers for Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles, 3.5 million viewers for Monday's season premiere of Dallas and 3.3 million viewers for Tuesday's return of Perception. Rizzoli & Isles' Live + 3 audience was +45% larger than its Live + Same Day delivery, while the audience for Perception grew a remarkable +63% over Live + Same Day. The Dallas audience grew by +33% over Live + Same Day.
In key demos, the winter premiere of Rizzoli & Isles has climbed to 1.9 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 delivery, both growing by +58% over Live + Same Day. Dallas has reached 1.6 million adults 25-54 in Live + 3 delivery (+42% vs. Live + Same Day) and 1.4 million adults 18-49 (+43% vs. Live + Same Day). And Perception has garnered 1.3 million adults 25-54 (+72% vs. Live + Same Day) and 1.0 million adults 18-49 (+62% vs. Live + Same Day).
Q : Your tv show brings 4.7 millions of fans on average in France. How do you explain this success ?
A : It is only because the friendship between the two heroines is born in a morgue (laughs). Seriously, Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles have two diametrically opposed personalities. The first is a tenacious detective, while the second is an asocial medical examiner. However they became friends, and that is their strength. This emotional bond and this teamwork are also become a "character" in his own right in the show. Like the city of New York in Sex & the City
Q : The third season arrives in France. Could you tell us more ?
A : If, in the first two seasons, we remained on the presentation of my character and his relatives, we look deeper into this year ! We discover that, under her apparent solidity, Rizzoli has flaws. She seemed cold and only guided by her job, and she is going to show a more human nature, deeper and...more feminine. This is no longer the dominant and authoritarian detective we knew ! The character is strongly enriched.
Q : For your role, you have worked with real police officers, not hesitating to go with them. What did mark you the most ?
A : The masculinizing of the policewomen. I noticed they all had adopted a cowboy walk to be taken seriously and respected ! (laughs). I also recognize their ability to put up with the unbearable. By following them, I saw horrible things ... As this 17 years old kid who was stabbed in a party. He lost his life because other kids wanted to steal the chain he had around his neck !
Q : You seem really delighted by this role
A : Yes ! I signed for five years. I cross my fingers that the show last until then. And as long as possible ! At the moment, I feel no weariness. Of course, I don't see a lot my family - because of work ! - and I'm tired, but it will be always time to sleep when I will be dead, right ? (laughs)