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.
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.)
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.