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28 August 2014

New TV Guide article about Summer Finale

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28 August 2014

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27 August 2014

TNT Wins the Summer: #1 Basic Cable Network in Primetime with Six of the Top 10 Series

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#1 Network in Primetime with Six of the Top 10 Series

Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship Top the Charts with Total Viewers;

The Last Ship is #1 Scripted Series with Adults 25-54 and #1 New Series for the Year-to-Date

Combined Platform Deliveries Push The Last Ship to 14.4 Million Viewers,

With 13.6 Million for Rizzoli & Isles, 12.6 Million for Major Crimes

And 9.3 Million and Counting for Legends

TNT has won the summer ratings race. With one week left to go, TNT has cemented its place as the summer's #1 basic cable network in primetime. Propelling the network into first place is its stellar slate of original dramas, with TNT claiming six of basic cable's Top 10 original series of the summer, including the Top 3: Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship. TNT also claimed four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series of the summer with adults 25-54, with The Last Ship in first place.

TNT's summer dramas have accumulated enormous audience deliveries through the network's various platforms, including live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand. These more complete and accurate figures show The Last Ship blasting through with 14.4 million viewers, while Rizzoli & Isles is at 13.6 million viewers and Major Crimes has grown to 12.6 million viewers. Newcomer Legends is chalking up big numbers, as well, with its premiere episode rising to 9.3 million viewers and counting.

"We are extremely proud of this victory, which reflects TNT's re-energized brand and demonstrates the power of TNT's originals series," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "This summer, we ventured into new waters with quality genre fare like The Last Ship and Legends, while crowd-pleasing crime-dramas like Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes continued to pack 'em in with their best seasons yet. And the epic saga Falling Skies laid the foundation for what is certain to be a spectacular final season next year. This has truly be a summer to remember for TNT."

TNT has aired a total of 10 scripted dramas this summer, more than any other cable network in history. In addition to rolling out seven returning hits, the network launched three new dramas to great success, with The Last Ship topping the charts as basic cable's most-watched new series for the year-to-date. TNT has also scored summer success on the unscripted front, as Cold Justice continues to deliver double-digit growth over its winter episodes.

Collectively, TNT's summer originals are bringing in significantly more viewers than last summer. For the summer-to-date, TNT's original series are averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +23% increase over the same time last year. In key demos, this summer's TNT originals are bringing in +13% more adults 25-54 and +9% more adults 18-49 than last summer.

Below are complete rundowns of the competitive success, multi-platform deliveries and summer finale stories for TNT's original series.

 

TNT Original Series Dominate the Charts

With Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship leading the pack, TNT is home to six of basic cable's Top 10 original series this summer, more than any other network.

#1 Rizzoli & Isles: 7.6 million viewers (Live + 7 blended)
#2 Major Crimes: 7.1 million viewers
#3 The Last Ship: 6.4 million viewers
Murder in the First: 4.5 million viewers
Falling Skies: 4.4 million viewers
Perception: 4.2 million viewers

In key demos, TNT's new blockbuster The Last Ship and ongoing hit Rizzoli & Isles lead the pack in giving TNT four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54:

#1 The Last Ship: 2.5 million adults 25-54 (Live + 7 blended)
#2 Rizzoli & Isles: 2.5 million adults 25-54
Major Crimes: 2.1 million adults 25-54
Falling Skies: 2.0 million adults 25-54

Among adults 18-49, TNT holds three of the Top 5 scripted series this summer:

The Last Ship: 2.1 million adults 18-49 (Live + 7 blended)
Rizzoli & Isles: 2.0 million adults 18-49
Falling Skies: 1.7 million adults 18-49

TNT Series Score Big Audiences through On Demand and Digital

TNT's summer dramas have accumulated huge audiences through the network's various platforms, including live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand. The combined audience numbers provide a more complete picture of the number of viewers coming to each show*:

The Last Ship: 14.4 million viewers (Linear TV + DVR + set-top VOD + digital on-demand)

Rizzoli & Isles: 13.6 million viewers
Major Crimes: 12.6 million viewers
Murder in the First: 9.2 million viewers
Falling Skies: 8.8 million viewers
Perception: 7.9 million viewers
Cold Justice: 4.1 million viewers

TNT's recent additions to its summer slate have also achieved strong deliveries across the network's various platforms for their summer launches*:

Legends: 9.3 million and counting viewers for pilot episode
Dallas: 5.3 million viewers and counting for season 3.1 premiere
Franklin & Bash: 5.1 million viewers and counting for season 4 premiere

TNT's summer success has also driven growth among the network's digital properties and VOD offerings. TNT On Demand has grown +8% in VOD transactions compared to last summer, due in part to the network's strategy of making episodes of The Last Ship and Murder in the First available the day after premiere and keeping them available all the way through to the end of the season.

TNT's YouTube channel has grown by +6% in video views compared to last summer, while the Watch TNT app has delivered +25% more downloads.

* Source: Nielsen P2+ reach for all TEN telecasts through 8/21 (for "Legends," "Dallas" and "Franklin & Bash": episode 1 only), 6-min qualifier, Live and DVR + 7 blended, Rentrak VOD total transactions pulled on 8/20, Omniture and Bango digital on-demand starts through 8/20. Gross is a sum of these totals and is not necessarily unduplicated.

TNT Summer Finales Score Big Numbers Last Week

TNT's summer finale for Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable's top series telecast last week, followed by the season finale of TNT's new hit The Last Ship.

Rizzoli & Isles has already grown to 7.4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its summer finale, including 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. Its Tuesday night companion series, Perception, closed out its summer run with 4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, including 1.3 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49.

The Last Ship's season finale drew an initial Live + Same Day audience of 4.4 million viewers (+6% vs. the prior week). Combined with its 11 p.m. encore, the season finale has so far garnered more than 5.6 million viewers, with 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults 18-49.

The season finale of Falling Skies scored growth over the prior week, with an initial Live + Same Day audience of 2.6 million viewers (+4%). Combined with its midnight encore, Falling Skies' season finale has so far brought in 3.4 million viewers, with 1.5 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49.

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26 August 2014

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26 August 2014

Angie and Lorraine attend the HBO Emmy Party

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25 August 2014

 

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25 August 2014

More pix of Sasha from EW Party

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24 August 2014

Angie, Sasha, Sharon Lawrence and Idara Victor at Emmy Parties

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24 August 2014

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21 August 2014

EP510 Overnight Ratings

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RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM

Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 5.206

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) - 0.8

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20 August 2014

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageRizzoli & Isles came in second for the week behind Major Crimes in Live + Same Day delivery, but pulled ahead through time-shifted viewing with 7.6 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+5% vs. the prior week). In key demos, last week's episode has risen to 2.4 million adults 25-54 (+4%) and 2.0 million adults 18-49 (+3%) in Live + 3. Fans also pushed the July 29 episode of Rizzoli & Isles to 7.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery.


TNT's Summer-to-Date Ratings

Through the third week of August, TNT continues to rank as basic cable's #1 network in primetime among total viewers for the summer-to-date. TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship continue to rank as basic cable's Top 3 most-watched scripted series for the summer-to-date. They are joined by Falling Skies, Murder in the First and Perception in giving TNT six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted series this summer:

#1 Rizzoli & Isles: 7.5 million viewers for the summer-to-date (Live + 7 blended)

#2 Major Crimes: 6.9 million viewers

#3 The Last Ship: 6.3 million viewers

Falling Skies: 4.4 million viewers

Murder in the First: 4.3 million viewers

Perception: 4.2 million viewers

In key demos, TNT's new blockbuster The Last Ship and ongoing hit Rizzoli & Isles lead the pack in giving TNT four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54:

#1 The Last Ship: 2.5 million adults 25-54 (Live + 7 blended)

#2 Rizzoli & Isles: 2.5 million adults 25-54

Major Crimes: 2.1 million adults 25-54

Falling Skies: 2.0 million adults 25-54

Among adults 18-49, TNT holds three of the Top 5 scripted series this summer:

The Last Ship: 2.0 million adults 18-49 (Live + 7 blended)

Rizzoli & Isles: 2.0 million adults 18-49

Falling Skies: 1.7 million adults 18-49

Collectively, TNT's summer originals are bringing in many more viewers than last year. For the summer-to-date, the network's original series are averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +27% increase over the same time last year. Demo deliveries have grown by double-digit percentages, with this summer's TNT originals bringing in +15% more adults 25-54 and +10% more adults 18-49 than last summer.

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18 August 2014

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14 August 2014

EP509 Overnight Ratings

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RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM

Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 5.677

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

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13 August 2014

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Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

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TNT's summer slate continues to rule the ratings, with The Last Ship winning the week as basic cable's #1 scripted original with key adult demos and Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles ranking as basic cable's most-watched programs for the week. Combined with Perception, Murder in the First and Falling Skies, TNT scored six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted originals for the week, duplicating its success for the summer-to-date. In addition, TNT's summer dramas continue to draw a significant number of viewers through DVR usage, with the most recent Live + 7 data showing week-over-week growth for each of the shows on the slate.

The Last Ship ranked as basic cable's #1 scripted original for the week in Live + Same Day delivery of adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and came in third behind Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles among total viewers. Time-shifted viewing has lifted the Aug. 3 episode of The Last Ship to 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, including 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49. And the July 27 episode brought in a total of 6.9 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery (+5% vs. the prior week), with 2.8 million adults 25-54 (+8%) and 2.3 million adults 18-49 (+2%). The Last Ship continues to rank as basic cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date.

Major Crimes, which ranked as basic cable's #1 program for the week, has so far drawn 6.7 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for last Monday's episode, including 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.4 million adults 18-49. Meanwhile, the July 21 episode of Major Crimes grew to a final tally of 7.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +6% increase over the prior week's episode. In key demos, the July 21 episode garnered 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults 18-49. Now in its third season, Major Crimes is showing across-the-board growth compared to season two, including a +4% uptick with total viewers.

Rizzoli & Isles came in second for the week behind Major Crimes in Live + Same Day delivery, but time-shifted viewing has actually pushed it ahead by growing Tuesday's audience to 7.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery. In key demos, last week's episode has risen to 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3. DVR usage propelled the July 22 episode of Rizzoli & Isles to 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an +8% increase over the prior week. The episode also scored week-over-week demo growth, with 2.9 million adults 25-54 (+10%) and 2.4 million adults 18-49 (+8%) in Live + 7 delivery.

TNT's summer success is poised to continue with Wednesday's eagerly anticipated launch of Legends, a thrilling new drama starring Sean Bean and produced by the creative minds behind hits like 24, Homeland and Fringe. Wednesday will also mark the fourth-season premiere of TNT's buddy legal drama Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gossellaar and Breckin Meyer.

TNT's Summer-to-Date Ratings

Through the second week of August, TNT continues to rank as basic cable's #1 network in primetime among total viewers for the summer-to-date and is in a tight race among adults 25-54. TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship continue to rank as basic cable's Top 3 most-watched scripted series for the summer-to-date. They are joined by Falling Skies, Murder in the First and Perception in giving TNT six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted series this summer:

#1 Rizzoli & Isles: 7.4 million viewers for the summer-to-date (Live + 7 blended)

#2 Major Crimes: 6.8 million viewers

#3 The Last Ship: 6.3 million viewers

Falling Skies: 4.4 million viewers

Murder in the First: 4.2 million viewers

Perception: 4.1 million viewers

 

In key demos, TNT's new blockbuster The Last Ship and ongoing hit Rizzoli & Isles lead the pack in giving TNT four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54:

#1 The Last Ship: 2.5 million adults 25-54 (Live + 7 blended)

#2 Rizzoli & Isles: 2.4 million adults 25-54

Major Crimes: 2.0 million adults 25-54

Falling Skies: 2.0 million adults 25-54

 

Among adults 18-49, TNT holds three of the Top 5 scripted series this summer:

The Last Ship: 2.0 million adults 18-49 (Live + 7 blended)

Rizzoli & Isles: 2.0 million adults 18-49

Falling Skies: 1.7 million adults 18-49

Collectively, TNT's summer originals are bringing in many more viewers than last year. For the summer-to-date, the network's original series are averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +30% increase over the same time last year. Demo deliveries have grown by double-digit percentages, with this summer's TNT originals bringing in +17% more adults 25-54 and +12% more adults 18-49 than last summer.

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10 August 2014

Happy Birthday Angie!

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Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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9 August 2014

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8 August 2014

Sasha will be on The Talk on August 12

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Sasha is scheduled to be a guest on The Talk on CBS on August 12.


 

 

7 August 2014

EP508 Overnight Ratings

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RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM

Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 5.092

Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) - 0.9

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6 August 2014

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6 August 2014

Rizzoli & Isles Postmortem: "There Is a Price to Be Paid" for Jane's Heroism

Image[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles. Read at your own risk.]

Jane played the hero on Rizzoli & Isles, but it came at a cost.

On Tuesday's episode — which also introduced new team member, crime scene analyst Nina Holiday (Idara Victor) — Jane (Angie Harmon) goes rogue looking for Tasha, a homeless teen who was witness to a contract killing. Before she could get Tasha to safety, the hitman shoots Tasha in the chest and Jane in her vest, forcing them to hide in a freight elevator of a building under construction. After Jane fashions a tourniquet for Tasha and gives the teen her vest, she comes face to face with the killer, who beats her up. Just when he's about drop a pipe on her, he gets shot in the back by Korsak (Bruce McGill).

Tasha and Jane are both OK, but what about Jane's unborn baby? If you've already seen the logline for next week's episode, which teases that Jane is trying to recover from a loss, you know the prognosis is, well, not good. "I think people will be able to draw their own conclusions as to what happens!" executive producer Jan Nash tells TVGuide.com. "You can figure it out, but I think it's pretty obvious. Jane Rizzoli has done something heroic and there is a price to be paid for it."

Nash says she deliberated for a while as to how to handle Jane's pregnancy, which was revealed in the Season 4 finale after she and Casey broke up for the umpteenth time. The former Without a Trace producer joined the TNT drama in between seasons and previously said that she didn't want the pregnancy to be a fake-out. "This pregnancy pre-existed my arrival on the show. It was one of the things I had to come up a plan for this year," she says. "I think there are a lot of different ways this could've been spun out for the show — do we want to see Jane as a mother? Is that something we want to do right now? — and we just made a decision to handle it in a way that we felt honored the seriousness of the situation. We just used our best judgment."

Fans have been divided about the pregnancy story line and Nash is already anticipating the flurry of reactions in the aftermath of Tuesday's episode. "I have a small, devoted Twitter following who read the logline [for next week's episode] about the 'devastating loss,'" she says. "One of them said, 'It's a miracle at the start of the season, we were almost 99 percent against the idea of Jane being pregnant, and now it appears we're 99 percent afraid that Jan is going to do something we won't enjoy.' If it resonates, any reaction means we've done our jobs."

Going forward, Maura (Sasha Alexander) et al. will be by Jane's side as she prepares to return to work, help Tasha and move on. But the turn of events won't hang over the show too much.

"We'll deal with it, but life goes on. I think that's the message of Episode 2 [Frost's tribute]," Nash says. "It's painful to talk about this. The whole notion of it is very painful. It is a devastating loss. As much as this is fake, in life it is not fake. You don't want to do anything that is hurtful to anyone who has had a life experience like this. ... We were given something that we felt like we wanted to deal with as honestly as we could on a TV show. If people are impacted by it, then we have told a good a story that has perhaps played out in a way that makes for good television."

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6 August 2014

Rizzoli & Isles Ratings Update

ImageTNT opened August with another big win as basic cable's most-watched network in primetime for the sixth consecutive week. TNT continues to be propelled by its chart-topping original series, with Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles delivering basic cable's biggest audiences for the week and the network's blockbuster hit The Last Ship taking first place among scripted series with adults 25-54. TNT's ratings success follows its win for the month of July and its sweeping victory as basic cable's #1 network in Q2 2014.

DVR usage continues to deliver big returns for TNT's summer dramas:

Last Monday's Major Crimes, which featured a guest appearance by Luke Perry, scored the show's biggest Live + 3 deliveries of the season-to-date, with 7.7 million viewers, 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. Major Crimes also scored its season-best Live + 7 deliveries, with the July 14 episode garnering 7.4 million viewers, 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49.

Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles grabbed 7.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, with more than 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49. Rizzoli & Isles landed 7.8 milllion viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its July 15 episode, including 2.6 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49.

The July 27 episode of The Last Ship scored growth over the prior week's episode in Live + 3 viewing, with 6.3 million viewers (+4%), 2.5 million adults 25-54 (+6%) and 2.1 million adults 18-49 (up slightly). Meanwhile the July 20 episode of The Last Ship topped out with a final tally of 6.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 2.6 million adults 25-54 and 2.3 million adults 18-49, the latter a +3% increase over the prior week.

Falling Skies brought in 4.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its July 27 episode, a +2% boost over the prior week. In key demos, it drew 1.9 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million adults 18-49. Falling Skies' July 20 episode scored 4.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49.

Last Monday's episode of Murder in the First drew 4.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+5% vs. the prior week) and grew its demo deliveries by +12% among adults 25-54 (1.3 million) and +23% among adults 18-49 (1.0 million). The July 14 episode of Murder in the First grew to a final total of 4.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, matching the previous week. In key demos, the episode brought in 1.2 million adults 25-54

Perception has garnered more than 4.0 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its Tuesday episode, including 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.0 million adults 18-49. In Live + 7, Perception drew 4.3 million viewers for its July 15 episode (+3% vs the prior week), with 1.5 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49.

TNT's real-life investigative series Cold Justice scored sizeable growth with its July 25 episode, drawing 2.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+20% vs. the prior week's episode); 838,000 adults 25-54 (+14%) and 657,000 adults 18-49 (+28%). Demonstrating the growing popularity of Cold Justice, those Live + 3 figures also surpass the show's Live + 7 delivery for the prior week's episode, which topped out with 2.0 million viewers.

Through the first week of August, TNT's dramas continue to dominate the competition. Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship rank as basic cable's Top 3 most-watched scripted series for the summer-to-date. They are joined by Falling Skies, Murder in the First and Perception in giving TNT six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted series this summer:

In key demos, TNT's new hit The Last Ship and Rizzoli & Isles lead the pack in giving TNT four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54. Among adults 18-49, TNT holds three of the Top 5 scripted series this summer.

Collectively, TNT's summer originals are bringing in many more viewers than last year. For the summer-to-date, the network's original series are averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +31% increase over the same time last year. Demo deliveries have grown by double-digit percentages, with this summer's TNT originals bringing in +18% more adults 25-54 and +13% more adults 18-49 than last summer.

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5 August 2014

Rizzoli & Isles: Meet New Cast Member Idara Victor

ImageRizzoli & Isles is getting a new team member this week, but you might not even realize it at first.

Idara Victor (Turn) joins the drama as Nina Holiday, who's quietly introduced on Tuesday's episode (9/8c, TNT) with such little fanfare that you might assume it's a drive-by guest-starring role. But the low-key debut was a decision executive producer Jan Nash did not take lightly. "I think usually it would be a big deal for any show, but we didn't make it too much of a thing at the beginning," Nash tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to ease into it given the circumstances."

Those circumstances, of course, being the death of Lee Thompson Young, who played Det. Barry Frost, last August. After a tribute to Young and Frost in the second episode of the season, Nash had to figure how to go about filling that vacancy. One thing she didn't want to do was to replace him outright.

"Obviously you can't replace Lee and the Barry Frost role on the show, and in making the decision to really live in the dramatic impact of the loss, we ended up creating some new dynamics within the existing characters," she says. "We put Korsak [Bruce McGill] and Jane [Angie Harmon] on cases together, letting Frankie [Jordan Bridges] be involved and have access, and you don't want to disrupt those again by throwing a new detective into it. We really put a lot of thought into creating this new character. We think of her as a new character, not his replacement per se. She's filling a part of the show that is adjacent to, but not quite what Frost was doing."

Instead of a detective, Nash made Nina a crime scene analyst, a regular role heretofore unseen on the show. In the past, it was Frost who would handle the technical legwork for the squad before hitting the field with Jane. But, as Nash points out, that wouldn't normally fall under a detective's list of duties. "Many of the people who do it for real are civilians ... and we thought there's a role of somebody who's not gonna be going into the field, who's not gonna be doing interrogations — a dedicated function that really fits in the Boston Police Department," she says. "[She's doing] a very specific job that doesn't intersect or take away from the work of Jane, Korsak and Frankie."

Nina is not merely a civilian — she's a former cop from Chicago who was not only looking for a change of scenery, but a career change. Jane suspects there's more to it and she's right, but what exactly that is will slowly be revealed over the rest of the season. "She's not a serial killer!" Nash quips. "We're a little bit doing it ass-backwards. She sort of has a dramatic story, this secret, to tell about how she got to this place. We're really letting her capabilities and really Idara's charm, because she's an incredibly charismatic actress, develop a relationship with the audience first and then telling you those things about her."

Despite the air of mystery around her, Jane & Co. are welcoming toward Nina, whom Nash describes as "very competent and unassuming." She also wastes no time proving her proficiency and invaluableness to the squad that's in line with her background.

"This is someone who has law enforcement experience. There are so many crime shows that have a position a little like this, and they're often sort of nerdy, glasses-wearing, snarky or dresses differently, and we just wanted to go against all that," Nash says. "We don't want this character to be an irritant or be someone people would react against. She's friendly and assured and she knows what she's doing. This show has a cast and a collection of characters where everyone gets along with everybody. That dynamic is very satisfying. It allows for comedy and drama. If we were going to add somebody to the mix, we wanted to enhance that and not detract from it. Idara has done that really well and she happens to be utterly delightful."

How fans will respond to Nina remains to be seen. Nash is hopeful that they'll be "loving and accepting," but she admits it's hard to gauge. With the loss of Young still fresh, she also understands if there's initial resistance to Nina. "Lee was beloved and losing him was a blow for not just people who work on the show, but also people who watch and love the show," she says. "I think the sense of 'She's no Lee' is a possible reaction. It's one of the reasons we did a slow burn for her introduction. It's like a child loses their doll and you buy them a new doll and say, 'You should love this new doll as much as you loved the old doll.' Well, no, that's not how we all feel."

She adds: "Ultimately, I can't control that. Hopefully people will see what a talented actress Idara is, what a nice character Nina is, and over time grow to have affection for her and what she's doing on the show. I can only do things that we're enjoying and we're enjoying Idara and Nina very much. If we can just move forward and do it, hopefully the audience feels the same way."


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3 August 2014

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