Here I am with four of the five members of the dream time for “Rizzoli & Isles.” These are the writers who’ll be crafting the episodes of the TV show, which will be premiering this summer on TNT. We are (left to right): David Gould, me, Janet Tamaro (who’s also creator and executive producer), David Caplan, and Joel Fields. This is one terrific team, and they come with a combined breadth of experience from other TV shows, from comedies to dramas. Most of all, they’re truly nice people, with the chops to breathe life into Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles.
I had the pleasure of joining them for dinner when they visited Boston last week on a research trip, collecting impressions of Boston before they head back to L.A. to start writing the next nine episodes of the TV series. So there we were, at a very nice restaurant, chatting about serial killers, weird murders, autopsies, and all the other stuff that thriller writers talk about. I’m afraid we may have given other diners indigestion, but hey — we were just talking shop. After meeting them, I have every confidence that some terrific stories will be coming out of this team.
And in other news: TNT has approved the name for the new show. Yes, after all the hand-wringing over finding the right name, they’ve now decided it’s official:
Rizzoli & Isles.
Coming to TNT this summer!