Rizzoli & Isles photos

I ran across this photo on a Brazilian website. Here are characters Jane and Maura, Korsak, Frankie Rizzoli (Jane’s brother, who’s a cop in the show) and Barry Frost. Yep, Frost is now African American, and played by a wonderful young actor named Lee Thompson Young.

12 replies
  1. Dustin
    Dustin says:

    🙂 Frankie’s a cop? Frost is Black? In the first books (I’m think of the description in The Apprentice) wasn’t Maura’s hair black? Remember how she used to dress more gothic too? If the characters can change in the books, I guess it’s only fair that they can change on TV 🙂

  2. april
    april says:

    I saw my first commercial the other night. I think it was during the basketball game. I’ll be sure to watch. I really liked Angie Harmon in Women’s Murder Club even though that was a bit different than the books.

    I’m looking forward to Ice Cold. I had planned on going to the RWA Conference (which is not in Disney not Nashville if readers hadn’t heard by now), but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to, and I won’t be in Maine until after most of your signings are over, but I’ll be looking forward to the great read in the meantime.

  3. railasoares
    railasoares says:

    I finally can comment here!
    Yay, Brazil!

    Thank God I never remember the characters’ description… I mean, physically description. I only get some… But I don’t really care about it so much. They’re all great in the picture! Can’t wait to watch the Pilot. 🙂

  4. Jewel
    Jewel says:

    Tess, I have tons of respect for you and love your work, and I will always be a fan. I wish you nothing but the best of luck in all of your ventures, including this show.

    But I don’t know if I can watch it. I’ve been reading and loving this series for years, and I prefer Jane and Maura the way they are. Does being a loyal reader earn me the right to voice my opinion? I hope so, because here it is.

    I know this is just a television show. It’s not going to alter the course of the universe; it’s meant to entertain and make money. I’m sure some compromise had to be accepted in creating this show. I’m just really disappointed that the Hollywood Powers That Be could not see the potential Tess’s series characters offered them, to do something different.

    One reason I’ve loved Jane Rizzoli is because she is a real woman. She’s not a knock-out Hollywood Supermodel type. In fact, she loathes them. She’s physically plain, and proud of it! She’s insecure in her relationship with Gabriel, and pushes herself that much harder as a cop to measure up to perceived male expectations.

    Maura Isles is the “Queen of the Dead,” the brilliant, dark-haired, sort of mysterious, sort of Goth medical examiner. She commands respect, and speculation, just by walking into a room…and not because her skirt rides halfway up her thighs. (see photo above)

    Jane and Maura are strong women, with real flaws which they struggle to overcome. That’s what is so appealing about them.

    So what if Barry Frost morphs into an African American. Frankie isn’t Frankie so it really doesn’t matter who plays him. I like Bruce McGill as Korsak because I like Bruce McGill. But our heroines, Jane and Maura …Hollywood sex vixens… why? Lorraine Bracco would have been a fourteen year old mother to have birthed Angie Harmon. But women who look old are not allowed in American media, any more than short, plain, frizzy-haired Italian women.

    Jane would be infuriated.

    But…I will give this show a chance. I’m hoping I will be proven wrong; that these actresses can portray Jane and Maura as they are in the novels, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

    Anyway, I’m just a short, plain, middle-aged woman, so what do I know?

  5. Tess
    Tess says:

    Jewel, thanks so much for your comments. I understand your reservations about watching the book characters morph into TV characters. A number of my readers have voiced the same concerns you have. And you’re right, the Jane in the books is who she is because she’s not beautiful, she’s not built like a model, and she’s had a rough time because of it.

    But for authors, the worst thing is to not have any readers know about our books. After writing for twenty three years, I remain an unknown writer for many booksellers and readers, and it’s hard to break through to a larger audience. Perhaps, because of the TV show, people who’d never pick up one of my books will finally give them a try.

    That’s why this show means so much to me. Sometimes the only way for books to reach a wider audience is through TV.

  6. dlachance87
    dlachance87 says:

    I agree that this show could influence an audience to go and buy and read you book but a word of caution. I personally fell in love with the TV series “Bones” so i decide to read the books, I picked up the first one got about half way through and did not want to finish because none of the characters/personalities were the same. Another example is “True Blood” I read the book and then tried to watch the series after the amazing reviews what i found was disappointment in the changes made to the characters and their roles to grand scheme of the show. I love you books and I will also try to watch the show but from the preview it seems that they made Maura a bit a ditz which she is absolutely not. I think that the actress playing jane could pull it off if the make up crew dulled down her make up and stop thinking super model and more plain jane which I know make up crew can do because I work in the industry myself. I understand it is a hard balance to walk between pleasing your long time fans and trying to bring new ones in and I wish you good luck.

  7. Jewel
    Jewel says:

    I had the same experience as dlachance87. I really liked the “Bones” television show (until they decimated Angela’s character) and decided to try Kathy Reichs’s books. I read a couple, but was very much underwhelmed, and worse, I pictured the actors while reading. Readers and television viewers are different types…one is active, one is passive.

    I think it’s a testament to Tess’s writing that fans want the characters to remain true. I am rereading from The Surgeon and so impressed with the characterizations, their interactions, the plots… it is this admiration that fuels my disappointment. British television proves that dramatic series can be accomplished successfully with actors who look and act real. (“Cracker,” “Prime Suspect,” “A Touch of Frost,” etc.)

    My disappointment lies with Hollywood’s determination to avoid what must be considered risky, especially with women actors. When the mold is daringly broken, it can be a memorable achievement. Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in the movie, “Monster,” won her numerous awards, including an Oscar. This would not have happened if she had appeared as just another Hollywood-depicted prostitute clone.

    “Rizzoli and Isles” premiers following, “The Closer”; it’s a great time slot and the show should do well with television viewers. I hope it encourages many new readers.

    If I sounded brusque in my previous post, I apologize. I’ve shared Tess’s books with family and friends for years and brought her new fans, and will continue to do so.

    Best wishes with all your endeavors, Tess.

  8. Stone
    Stone says:

    I am a true Tess Gerritsen fan and I have watched the series and although the series will never be as good as the books, as usual, I hope the series continues and that Tess continues to feed the flame with the ideas. Thanks so much.

  9. furke
    furke says:

    Tess you got your wish I had never read any of your books until I saw the series. Since then I have been a fan and have been reading the Rizzoli and Isles series which is well written. Once completed with that I will move on to your other works.
    I do see the differences in the books in the characters but I have read many books that have been adapted to TV or movies and there are always differences…as long as you can see where the original author left off and the screen writers took over….after all you did give birth to these characters
    I think Angie Harmon does play Rizzoli well, her attitude and even though she (Angie) is more attractive then the book portrays her…I feel Angie does well bringing the character to life.
    The only major complaint I have when comparing the 2 is in the series you get the impression that Rizzoli and Isles have been lifelong friends. Where in the books at least as far as I have read they seem to be more acquaintances with maybe a budding friendship based more on professional respect.
    But other then that I enjoy both the series and books and I hope you continued writing books in this series.

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