More “Rizzoli” cast members announced

I’m in Antwerp at the moment, but I got the latest news from the Hollywood Reporter about the latest cast additions to the TNT pilot of “Rizzoli”.

Sasha Alexander will play Dr. Maura Isles.
Bruce McGill will play Detective Vince Korsak.
Jordan Bridges will play Frankie Rizzoli, Jane’s troublesome brother.
Lee Thompson Young will play Jane’s partner, Barry Frost.

The surprise for most of my readers will be Barry Frost. In the books, he’s a pale blonde. In the TV series, he’s an African-American — a nice development, as it sets up some hilarious tension and conflict between him and Vince Korsak, who’s famous for not being politically correct.

No word yet on who will play Gabriel Dean.

14 replies
  1. Oya Canli
    Oya Canli says:

    Nice cast I think. I am waiting for Gabriel Dean 🙂 And btw it is great news, I always think that it would be superb if we watch Isles/Rizzoli on Tv. I am glad to know it 🙂

  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    I suppose everyone has their own ideas on who they would cast…but I think these actors are growing on me!
    Tess,how much input are you having in the production? It must be very exciting.

  3. Mary Duncan
    Mary Duncan says:

    Wow! I haven’t been to your blog site for a month and I miss everything! Congratulations on the TV series. I can’t wait to hear more, and see it when it comes out.

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    the writer/producer, Janet Tamaro, did a great job with the script, and I’ve sent her several cast ideas. But it’s their baby now, and so far I’m delighted with their selections. I love the fact that Jane’s family is going to have a large role in the story.

  5. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Hi Tess,
    I think it’s great that Janes family are going to be involved. The way that Angela is developing in your books,I think she could be a really good character in the TV version.
    Any word on who might play her?

  6. Kimble
    Kimble says:

    Just found this website and im rapidly reading and catching up on all the blogs and news. Massive fan, very excited

  7. alyson43
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  8. huisi
    huisi says:

    HI! any word if this show can air in Singapore? btw just had enough study break to catch up on ur latest book the keepsake, it was great! (: thanks

  9. Tess
    Tess says:

    Hey folks — don’t know when or where the Rizzoli TV show will air — but I’m flying out to watch the filming at the end of this month. Just keep thinking good thoughts about TNT picking this up as a continuing series!

  10. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    Something is wrong with your feed (or my reader, one or the other)! I didn’t know you’d updated since August!!!

    Congrats on the show! The only reason I thought to come here was because I just saw an article that Lorraine Bracco has joined the cast, and I was all, WHAAAAT? A Rizzoli series? Why didn’t Tess tell us?!

    But you did! I’ll have to check back often since my feed isn’t working…

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pilot!!! They giving you a cameo? 🙂

  11. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    Bruce McGill!!Great character actor.
    Antwerp-a very interesting town.I hope you took the harbor tour and checked out a few museums.Did you know they have a subway?Trams run in it,like the Green Line in Boston.

  12. Birgit
    Birgit says:

    Just a question:
    What has happen to Janes brother who had the twins?
    In one book his girlfriend and the kids appeared on christmas.
    One year later there was no more word.
    And this, where I love the Rizzolis xmas!
    bye from germany, Birgit

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