In time-shifted viewing, the Sept. 2 summer finale of Rizzoli & Isles grew to a final tally of more than 8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 2.8 million adults 25-54 and 2.3 million adults 18-49.
For the summer overall, Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable's #1 series, averaging 8.1 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. In key demos, the summer run of Rizzoli & Isles drew 2.7 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49.
Sasha Alexander has landed a major multi-episode guest-starring role on Shameless’ upcoming fifth season, EW has learned.
The Rizzoli & Isles star will play Helene, one of Lip’s college professors. Confident and erudite, Helene has a wild side—which is new territory for Alexander in comparison to her role on Rizzoli. The actress will begin filming her guest stint next week.
The summer finale of TNT's hit series Rizzoli & Isles topped the charts as basic cable's #1 program for the week. The episode was also the #1 scripted program with adults 25-54. So far, the summer finale of Rizzoli & Isles has drawn 7.4 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49.
You’re an Ambassador for the Stand Up To Cancer organization. What made you decide to get involved?
AH: I was initially drawn to the organization to help spread awareness about, specifically, prostate cancer. It’s just such a huge issue in our country and in our world, and it’s something that men don’t like to talk about, so I needed to do something to get the conversation started. My husband would avoid the topic, and so would the other men in my life. So I needed to do something to show them that this disease is serious and that it’s imperative to go to the doctor and get yourself checked out and keep your health a priority. People’s father,s uncles, brothers…these are all such important people in everyone’s lives.
You sound like a busy lady! How do you manage to stay looking so flawless?
AH: I always tell people that the best kept beauty secret is sleep. Sleep! Just go to sleep! Too many people don’t get enough sleep…and drink enough water. Those two simple things will take you very far in life, my friends. And of course, eat healthy and try to put in your body a ton of fruits and vegetables. Load up on those as much as you can.
What else are you working on right now?
AH: Well, my main focus, of course, is being a mom. My daughters are just growing by the minute and it’s terrifying — make it stop! And then, of course, right now I’m working on Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, so you better watch! It’s such a fun show to work on and the cast is just awesome. Playing my character, Jane, a detective, I swear…I’ve learned more than ever from just reading the script. Every single episode is new and fresh and it’s just a really great show to watch.
Hollywood stars are again lining up to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), which will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telecast Friday, Sept. 5, from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Danny McBride, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci and Bree Turner will appear in the broadcast, with special performances by The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews, according to the producers. More stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks, promoters said.
Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will co-executive produce the Sept. 5 broadcast, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1 are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special. The show will stream live on both Hulu and Yahoo.
Instead of the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, the Sept. 5 telecast will feature a “digital lounge” on the set, hosted by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric. Stars in the digital lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms through a new campaign called "We're Calling You" that SU2C’s supporters can sign up for, as of today, at werecallingyou.org.
“Since we started Stand Up To Cancer in 2008, social media has exploded, creating a whole new way to connect,” Couric, a Stand Up To Cancer co-founder, said in a release. “So in an unprecedented way, we'll have plenty of stars reaching out to donors via social media, thanking them through Facebook messages, digital shout outs, Instagrams and tweets. In other words, this year, we are so 2014!”
Facebook has collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer since its first telecast in 2008 and is now SU2C’s primary social media partner. Over the years, SU2C has continued to expand on its relationship with Facebook through various initiatives to inspire and engage people and connect them with SU2C celebrity ambassadors. With the “We’re Calling You” activation, Facebook and Instagram will enable supporters and fans to engage directly with their favorite stars.
“Cancer affects us all,” Paltrow, who lost her father, Bruce Paltrow, to oral cancer in 2002, said in the release, “and each and every person can help the scientists who are working 24/7 to save more lives. We want to get that message out in as many ways as possible, so we’re excited to use social media to reach supporters from all over who are helping to grow the Stand Up To Cancer movement, and hopefully, get even more people to stand up with us.”
SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to collaborate on finding new treatments for a wide range of cancer types.
For the first time, there will be a Canada-inclusive co-broadcast of the 2014 telecast, which will air simultaneously on all four major English-language Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global, along with Canadian services AMI, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network and Hollywood Suite. All funds received from the Canadian general public during the broadcast will be directed towards the creation of collaborative research teams, as well as education and awareness programs conducted in Canada.
The first three SU2C telecasts took place on Sept.5, 2008, Sept.10, 2010, and Sept.7, 2012, and were made available to more than 190 countries. To date, more than $261 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Since 2008, SU2C has funded 12 “Dream Teams” of researchers and two translational research teams, as well as 26 young innovative scientists whose high-risk, potentially high-reward projects are aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide.
It's now official. TNT has won the ratings race as basic cable's #1 network in primetime for the summer.
Propelling TNT into first place is its stellar slate of original dramas:
With Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship leading the pack, TNT is home to five of basic cable's Top 10 original series this summer, more than any other network.
In key demos, The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Falling Skies rank among basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54, with The Last Ship and Rizzoli & Isles taking the top two spots. Those same four shows also rank among basic cable's Top 10 scripted series of the summer with adults 18-49.
TNT closed out August with another victory for Rizzoli & Isles, which ranked as basic cable's top series telecast for the week. The episode has so far drawn 7.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, with 2.5 million adults 25-54 (+9% vs. the prior week) and 2.0 million adults 18-49 (+13%).