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TNT renews 'Rizzoli & Isles' for third season

by jmaloni
Sat, Aug 6th 2011 12:05 am

TNT has booked its blockbuster series "Rizzoli & Isles" for a third season. The record-breaking drama - from Warner Horizon Television and starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander - is in the midst of a terrific second season that has it running neck-and-neck with "The Closer" as this year's top basic cable series. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles" for its third season, which is slated to launch in summer 2012. The show's second season will continue airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) through Sept. 12. "Rizzoli & Isles" will return to wrap up its second season with new episodes in November and December.

"Rizzoli & Isles" launched this summer with 8.6 million viewers, joining "The Closer" and "Falling Skies" in giving TNT three premieres with at least 8 million viewers, the first time a cable network has ever achieved that level of success. "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles" are currently basic cable's top two series for the year-to-date, with "Falling Skies" ranking as the top new series.

"This summer, 'Rizzoli & Isles' has proven that last year's record-breaking ratings were just the beginning of this show's remarkable track record," said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "With a terrific cast, a top-notch production team and the kind of stories TNT fans crave, 'Rizzoli & Isles' is poised to continue its success alongside blockbuster TNT series like 'The Closer' and 'Falling Skies.' "

Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, "Rizzoli & Isles" stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals. Lorraine Bracco co-stars as Jane's demanding and intrusive mother. "Rizzoli & Isles" also stars Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill and Jordan Bridges.

"Rizzoli & Isles" was developed for television by Janet Tamaro and is produced by Warner Horizon Television, Tamaro's Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions. Tamaro and Haber serve as executive producers for the second season, along with Joel Fields and Michael Zinberg. Michael M. Robin serves as a consulting producer.

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