TNT's Rizzoli & Isles - Basic Cable's #1 Summer Series - Returns June 16
Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander Are Back on the Case for Season 6
Last summer, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles topped the charts as basic cable's #1 series. This June, it's coming back for more. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the hit drama as Boston's toughest crime-solving duo. Season 6 of Rizzoli & Isles is set to air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, starting June 16, with episodes available across TNT's VOD, online and mobile platforms each Wednesday.
In Rizzoli & Isles, Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective. Alexander is Dr. 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. It's a killer combination that helps them put even the most dangerous criminals behind bars.
In addition to Harmon and Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles stars Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, her steady, old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Jordan Bridges as Detective Frankie Rizzoli Jr., Jane's younger brother; Idara Victor as Nina Holiday, a former-cop-turned-crime-scene-analyst; and Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane's meddling mother.
Season 6 of Rizzoli & Isles will add a wide array of cases to Jane and Maura's docket, from a high-end art heist that gives them chance to do some undercover work to an emotionally raw murder investigation targeting one of their own fellow detectives. They'll even wade into the cutthroat world of competitive bass fishing in order to hook a cold-blooded killer. In addition, Scottish actor Adam Sinclair (24: Live Another Day) will guest star in several episodes as Kent Drake, an assistant medical examiner completing his six-month internship in Maura's office.
Rizzoli & Isles launched in 2010, finishing its first year as basic cable's #1 new series. Each year since, it has ranked as one of basic cable's Top 5 series with total viewers, as well as one of basic cable's Top 10 series with adults 25-54. The show topped the charts last summer as basic cable's #1 series, with 7.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. It was also the #2 series (behind TNT's The Last Ship) among adults 25-54 and ranked among the Top 5 with adults 18-49 for the summer. When incorporating TNT's multiple platforms, including live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand, the summer run of Rizzoli & Isles reached a total of 13.6 million viewers per episode.
Rizzoli & Isles is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions, with Bill Haber and showrunner Jan Nash serving as executive producers. Janet Tamaro developed the series, which is based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen.
Maybe you first saw Angie Harmon on the cover of Seventeen magazine, or as DA Abbie Carmichael on “Law & Order,” or in one of her many films. Today, she also has a legion of fans from her current role as police detective Jane Rizzoli on “Rizzoli & Isles.” Luckily, we were able to snag a few moments with Angie, as she juggles the production schedule of “Rizzoli & Isles” and the launch of her new jewelry line in collaboration with Red Earth, all while raising her three beautiful daughters. Angie has a can-do attitude mixed with a graciousness that we find quite refreshing. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Angie Harmon today as much as we did, as today’s FACE of the South.
What inspired your newest jewelry collection with Red Earth?
New beginnings and new chapters. I have always wanted to go back to my roots in fashion, and Red Earth is such a wonderful company. It seemed like the perfect opportunity!
What initiated this partnership?
A friend of mine, Nate Griffin, works with Red Earth, and he brought this opportunity to me. He and I have done a lot together, including my first film. After working with Nate in the past, I knew that when he brought this to me it could definitely be something great.
Skulls are a predominant theme throughout the collection. What do they symbolize for you?
Skulls to me are important and represent all of us: as different as we all are on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. When you strip us down to bare bones, we all have the same things on the inside. Skulls have never been scary to me; they have always been a representation of how alike we all truly are.
Will viewers see any pieces from your jewelry collection on your character Jane Rizzoli of “Rizzoli & Isles?”
No, I wish! You can’t exactly be wearing skull bracelets when you’re arresting people.
When you think of ways that the South distinguishes itself from other regions in the country, what stands out the most?
Sweet tea and the women! There is something very strong and true about the women in the South.
Is there a quote or piece of advice that you have relied on that you can share with our readers today?
I really try to apply, “If you are not pretty on the inside, you are not pretty on the outside.” And to always wait on God. It’ll be worth the wait.
As a working mom, do you have any routines that ensure quality time with your kids that you can share?
I really try to plan around my family; my daughters are always my first priority.
When I am with my girls, I am with them wholeheartedly, and they have my absolute full attention.
Do you have any fears?
Sure, but I really prefer not to give them any energy because that makes them seem bigger than they actually are.
Can you name a favorite indulgence?
Anything super spicy! I am completely addicted to “on fire.” The hotter the better!
What books are currently found on your nightstand or e-reader?
I am currently reading Sometimes He Whispers Sometimes He Roars, by Marilynn Chadwick.
What is one piece that is a must-have for your summer wardrobe?
The medallion necklace with the skull with Italian horn; it goes with everything and all different styles. My interior designer was actually wearing it today with Tory Burch. It made me feel great to see three women coming together! [SB note: this is the necklace Angie is wearing in these photos.]
Name three things you can’t live without, excluding faith, family and friends!