I just got the call from California: TNT has ordered “Rizzoli and Isles” as a regular TV series for 2010 – 2011! I don’t yet know when the first episode will air, but as soon as I find out, I’ll let you know.
This has been an absolute dream come true, a miracle that I never really allowed myself to hope for. I think I need to lie down.
And here’s the press release from Hollywood Reporter.
RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title)
RIZZOLI & ISLES, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, is based on Tess Gerritsen’s popular mystery novels. It comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is being executive-produced by Janet Tamaro and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM’s upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). Michael M. Robin (TNT’s The Closer) directed and executive-produced the pilot, which was written by Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and co-executive-produced by Jeff Hayes.
“TNT is home to some of television’s most powerful female characters, and RIZZOLI & ISLES certainly fits that identity,” said Wright. “We’re delighted to be working with Angie, Sasha and the rest of the talented cast of RIZZOLI & ISLES as well as the show’s outstanding production team, as we bring Tess Gerritsen’s vision to television.”
In RIZZOLI & ISLES, Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective who works closely with medical examiner Maura Isles (Alexander) to solve crimes. Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) plays a recurring role as Jane’s mother. Also starring in the series are Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward), who plays Jane’s current partner, Barry Frost; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek) as Jane’s brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes to become a detective; and Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) as FBI agent Gabriel Dean.
Photos for RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title) are available on the TNT online pressroom at the following link: http://news.turner.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=572&vsec=3