Rizzoli & Isles

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Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoliisles 1 .svg
GenreCrime drama
Police procedural
Created byTess Gerritsen
Developed byJanet Tamaro
StarringSasha Alexander
Angie Harmon
Jordan Bridges
Lee Thompson Young
Bruce McGill
Lorraine Bracco
Opening theme"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by The Boston Pops Orchestra
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bill Haber
Janet Tamaro
Jeff Hayes
Michael M. Robin
Running time45–55 minutes
Production company(s)Hurdler Productions
Ostar Entertainment
Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Original runJuly 12, 2010 (2010-07-12) – present
External links
Website
 
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Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoliisles 1 .svg
GenreCrime drama
Police procedural
Created byTess Gerritsen
Developed byJanet Tamaro
StarringSasha Alexander
Angie Harmon
Jordan Bridges
Lee Thompson Young
Bruce McGill
Lorraine Bracco
Opening theme"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by The Boston Pops Orchestra
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bill Haber
Janet Tamaro
Jeff Hayes
Michael M. Robin
Running time45–55 minutes
Production company(s)Hurdler Productions
Ostar Entertainment
Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Original runJuly 12, 2010 (2010-07-12) – present
External links
Website

Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels by Tess Gerritsen. It premiered on July 12, 2010.[1]

Contents

Overview

The series' backstory is inspired by The Surgeon. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) was investigating a serial killer named Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee) some time before the series began. Hoyt, who was banned from medical school for fondling a corpse, used his vast medical knowledge to systematically torture and kill vulnerable women. Eventually, he captures Rizzoli and pins her to the floor with scalpels. As he prepares to cut Rizzoli's throat, her partner, Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill), shoots Hoyt and saves Rizzoli's life. Rizzoli reasons that, after seeing her so vulnerable, Korsak would never trust her as a partner.

The series pilot, "See One. Do One. Teach One", is largely based on the novel The Apprentice. Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) investigate a killer with Hoyt's modus operandi, plus an interest in necrophilia. Rizzoli and Isles discover that the copycat was a soldier named John Stark (Brendan McCarthy) who met Hoyt in medical school, had his identity erased for CIA black operations, and mimicked Hoyt's MO in a killing spree during said operations. Meanwhile, Hoyt escapes from prison and rejoins his apprentice. They capture Rizzoli and attempt to kill her, but she manages to disarm them by tasing them and impaling Hoyt in the eye with a flare. She shoots the apprentice to death and, when Hoyt reaches for Rizzoli's gun, she shoots him through the hands, giving him injuries similar to the ones he gave her.

New twists are introduced when Rizzoli and Isles discover that a recent murder victim is actually Isles's previously-unknown half-brother, resulting in her discovery that her father is notorious criminal Patrick Doyle.

Hoyt returns eighteen months later through another apprentice, Lola (Scottie Thompson), in "I'm Your Boogie Man." Having murdered Lola's abusive husband two years earlier, Hoyt uses her Stockholm syndrome to his advantage, and uses her to stalk Rizzoli. Lola seduces and captures Frankie Rizzoli (Jordan Bridges) before tying Jane up. She plans to kidnap Jane until Hoyt can escape from prison, but Rizzoli manages to distract Lola long enough for Frankie to kill Lola with her own revolver.

Production

The untitled project was on TNT's development slate as early as March 2008.[2] In October 2009, TNT placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the original title, Rizzoli.[3][4] The pilot script was written by Janet Tamaro.

Main casting announcements began in late October. Angie Harmon was the first actor cast, in the title role of police detective Jane Rizzoli.[5] Sasha Alexander came on board next to portray medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.[6] Bruce McGill signed as Rizzoli's former partner, Vince Korsak.[7] Her current partner, Barry Frost, is portrayed by Lee Thompson Young.[7] The role of Rizzoli's younger brother, Frankie, was filled by Jordan Bridges.[7] In mid-November, Lorraine Bracco signed on as Rizzoli's mom, Angela.[8] In early 2010 Billy Burke was announced as FBI agent Gabriel Dean.[9]

In late January, TNT green-lighted the pilot to series with the new title Rizzoli & Isles.[9][10] Ten episodes were ordered.[9] Reports in April stated that the show would premiere on July 12, 2010,[11] and this was confirmed by TNT at its 2010 cable upfront presentation in mid-May.[12] The series is produced on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, California.[13]

Due to a sponsorship deal between MillerCoors and Turner Broadcasting for the summer 2010 season, the series included product placement for MGD 64, including billboards in the backgrounds of some scenes.[14][15] The first season was additionally sponsored by Vonage.

The series was renewed for a 15-episode second season on July 30, 2010, after having aired three episodes,[16] which premiered on July 11, 2011. On August 5, 2011, TNT ordered a 15-episode third season of the series, set to premiere in the summer of 2012.[17]

Cast

NamePortrayed byOccupationSeasons
123
Jane RizzoliAngie HarmonBoston Homicide DetectiveMain
Dr. Maura IslesSasha AlexanderMassachusetts Chief Medical ExaminerMain
Barry FrostLee Thompson YoungBoston Homicide DetectiveMain
Vince KorsakBruce McGillBoston Homicide SergeantMain
Frankie Rizzoli, Jr.Jordan BridgesBoston Police OfficerMain
Angela RizzoliLorraine BraccoWaitress, Boston Police CafeMain
Frankie Rizzoli, Sr.Chazz PalminteriBusinessman, PlumberRecurring
Gabriel DeanBilly BurkeFBI AgentRecurring [18]
"Dr." Charles HoytMichael MasseeMedical Student (Expelled), Soldier (Discharged), Murderer (Deceased)Recurring
Tommy RizzoliColin EgglesfieldDog WalkerRecurring
Constance IslesJacqueline BissetVisual ArtistRecurring

Main cast

Recurring cast

Ratings

The series started strong in the ratings, as 7.55 million viewers tuned in for the premiere episode. Rizzoli & Isles was the second most-watched cable program on the evening of July 12, 2010, behind its lead-in, The Closer, which had 110,000 more viewers.[23] The show finished the week in third behind The Closer and the final episode of Deadliest Catch to feature the late Phil Harris.[24]

The premiere set a record as the highest-rated debut for a commercial-supported cable series, and it was the second-highest debut ever for a basic cable TV series.[25][26] Rizzoli & Isles is second only to the 2008 premiere of Raising the Bar, which attracted 7.7 million viewers during its commercial-free debut.[26][27][28] Live + 7 day ratings for the premiere updated the show's status as the all time most watched cable series launch, with DVR viewers increasing the show's rating to just over 9 million viewers.[29]

SeasonSeason premiereSeason finale
DateViewers
Total
(in millions)
Viewers
18-49
DateViewers
Total
(in millions)
Viewers
18-49
1July 12, 20107.55[30]2.1[30]September 13, 20106.56[31]1.5[31]
2July 11, 20116.38[32]1.2[32]December 26, 20115.79[33]1.1[33]

Book series

TitleYearNotesProtagonistSecondary protagonistTertiary protagonist
The Surgeon2001Introduces Jane RizzoliDetective Thomas MooreDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Darren Crowe
The Apprentice2002Introduces Dr. Maura IslesDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Vince KorsakAgent Gabriel Dean
The Sinner2003Dr. Maura IslesDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Darren Crowe
Body Double2004Dr. Maura IslesDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Barry Frost
Vanish2005Detective Jane RizzoliDr. Maura IslesAgent Gabriel Dean
The Mephisto Club2006Dr. Maura IslesDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Barry Frost
The Keepsake2008Keeping the Dead (UK title)Detective Jane RizzoliDr. Maura IslesDetective Barry Frost
Ice Cold2010The Killing Place (UK title)Detective Jane RizzoliDr. Maura IslesDetective Barry Frost
The Silent Girl2011Dr. Maura IslesDetective Jane RizzoliDetective Barry Frost
Last To DieSep 2012TBADetective Jane RizzoliDr. Maura IslesDetective Barry Frost

DVD release

SeasonRegion 1 release dateRegion 2 release dateRegion 4 release dateNo. ep.No. discsFeatures
The Complete First SeasonJune 28, 2011[34]TBAJuly 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)[35] or August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)[36]103Rizzoli & Isles: Bringing the Characters to Life
Unaired Scenes
Gag Reel
Rizzoli & Isles: Chicks in a Bottle
The Complete Second SeasonMay 22, 2012[37]TBAJuly 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)[38] or August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)[39]153From The Ground Up: In The Writers Room
From The Ground Up: Pre-Production
From The Ground Up: Bustin' Out The Boston
From The Ground Up: Ready to Air
Unaired Scenes
Gag Reel

International broadcasting

Rizzoli & Isles abroad [40]
CountryNetworkPremiere date
 CanadaSuper Channel02010-10-05October 5, 2010[41]
Showcase (second run)02012-01-03January 3, 2012
 SwedenKanal 902010-11-11November 11, 2010
 NorwayTVNorge02010-11-11November 11, 2010
 HungaryViasat 302010-11-24November 24, 2010
 AustraliaGEM02010-11-29November 29, 2010[42]
 GermanyVOX02012-03-14March 14, 2012
 FranceTPS Star02011-01-10January 10, 2011
 South AfricaSeries02011-09-01September 2011
 SingaporeWarner TV02011-02-01February 1, 2011
 NetherlandsNET 502011-01-01January 1, 2011[43]
 ArgentinaInfinito (canal de televisión)02012-01-13January 13, 2012
 ItalyMya02011-02-11February 11, 2011
 IsraelHOT Zone02011-11-19November 19, 2011
 TurkeyCNBC-e02011-02-15February 15, 2011
 BelgiumVIJFtv02011-02-21February 21, 2011
 BelgiumLa Une02012-01-10January 10, 2012
 PolandTVN02011-03-06March 6, 2011
 Saudi ArabiaMBC 402011-01-01January 2011
 SpainNova02011-06-17June 17, 2011
 CroatiaDoma TV02011-02-22February 22, 2011
 MexicoSpace02011-04-06April 6, 2011[44]
 PortugalFox Life02011-06-29June 29, 2011
 United KingdomAlibi02011-09-13September 13, 2011[45]
 IndiaZee Café02011-10-01October 1, 2011
 JapanWOWOW02011-10-03October 3, 2011

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