fun on the road with “Rizzoli & Isles”

I just got home from the first leg of my “Rizzoli & Isles” tour for TNT. In some ways, it resembled a book tour with interviews during the day, followed by an evening event. But this was a book tour on steroids, with so many interviews packed in per day that I quickly lost track of how many radio stations and print journalists I spoke to. On book tour, I’m lucky to get one or two interviews per day. Just in Philadelphia, I had 12 different interviews with print, TV, and radio reporters. Clearly, touring for a TV show is a whole different ball game, where everything — including the level of interest from the media — is super-sized.

My first event was in Boston, the setting for “Rizzoli & Isles,” so we were hoping for a good reception, and we got one! At the Faneuil Hall venue, I was greeted by Jennifer Mathews and her colleagues from Allied Integrated Marketing.

About 200 guests turned out for the screening of the pilot episode. I gave a 5- minute intro, and then the show began.

At a scary moment in the show, I loved it when just about everyone let out a loud scream.

The next day, I was off to Philadelphia. My hubby (who usually takes the photos) didn’t come along, so I’m afraid I don’t have the photos of the event that night. The screening was held in the ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel, where another big crowd came to watch. This time we had a lot of women police officers, some of them really elegantly dressed — channeling Maura Isles more than Jane Rizzoli. We heard screams and gasps and laughter and cheers. These ladies loved the show!

While in Philly, I got the chance to meet some local personalities, including … Chubby Checkers. I also had lunch with Philly celeb Tony Luke, who introduced me to my very first cheese steak. (I ordered mine with beef, Provolone, onions, and peppers. Delicious.)

And here I am with WISX-FM radio personality Brian Socia:

I’m home now for a weekend of much-needed rest, before I head out to Atlanta, and the next leg of the “Rizzoli & Isles” screening tour.

4 replies
  1. Lorra Laven
    Lorra Laven says:

    We went across town to dinner last night here in the Cleveland area and saw six giant billboards touting “Rizzoli and Isles,” three coming and three going.

  2. t2intense
    t2intense says:

    Tess
    It was wonderful to meet you in Boston! My sisters and I loved the pilot episode and we so enjoyed the Q & A afterward with you! You are a wonderful public speaker and very funny! I hope the rest of your tour is as great for you!
    Teri

  3. Tess
    Tess says:

    Dru, glad you’ll be in NYC! Angie Harmon will be there, too!

    Teri, so nice to see you in Boston!

    Lorra — I have yet to see a billboard. So glad you spotted them!

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