“Rizzoli and Isles” to be a TV series!

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.

And more from PR newswire:

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

31 replies
  1. dobby fan
    dobby fan says:

    You are an amazing writer. Truly enjoy your books. I’m looking forward to watching a quality show with intelligent and realistic characters. I always pictured Jane looking like Annabella Sciorra. She probably would’ve been great a couple of years ago. Thanks for your writing….

  2. Iona
    Iona says:

    I hope it will be a long running show, that’ll be shown in many different countries! 😀

  3. techiebabe
    techiebabe says:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news for you.

    Now we just need to know… when will it be shown in the UK? Or will it be out on DVD for us to buy?

    But that may be running before we can walk!

    Well done, enjoy it!

  4. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    Brilliant news Tess and well deserved – makes up for all the previous disappointments that you’ve experienced. I hope they will also work closely with you to ensure the series becomes as addictive and enjoyable as your books – more fool them if they do not.
    Just hope we will get the opportunity to see the series, in addition to the pilot of course, here in the UK.
    Enjoy your time on cloud nine – you most certainly deserve it.

    Best wishes and have a good weekend – Gordon

  5. demeter94
    demeter94 says:

    Saw the news this morning. AWESOME! I can’t wait. Congratulations 🙂 There’s going to be fanworks – and thanks for answering my question on that subject!

  6. Kimble
    Kimble says:

    This sounds fantastic ! I honestly can’t wait I hope there isnt too much wait for it to be shown in the UK but the second it does you can count on me watching it.

  7. Tess
    Tess says:

    Deedee, I don’t know when — or if — the show will be going abroad. But there must be a way to watch it online overseas, even if foreign networks don’t pick it up…

  8. Kate
    Kate says:

    that’s awesome! tess – i read one of your books about 4 months ago now, and since then, i’ve purchased and read every novel you have written! i love the rizzoli/isles books, and can’t wait to see it on tv!

  9. pamie6711
    pamie6711 says:

    Tess, Congratulations! I know it will be a success. I can not wait. Also I hope that you would turn “The Bone Garden” in to a movie someday. That has to be my all-time favorite book.

  10. Dana Cameron
    Dana Cameron says:

    W00t! What fantastic news, Tess! I can’t wait to see it!

    Congratulations! You must be incredibly excited!

  11. Pauline
    Pauline says:

    Congratulations Tess!
    This is so exciting! I am thrilled for you.
    I love your books.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s on a Canadian station too.
    Way to go! You deserve this.

  12. PackingPadre
    PackingPadre says:


    That is fantastic news. Please keep us posted here and on Facebook when the first episode will air. I’m assuming Fall, but with TNT, one can’t be sure. They’ve had good luck with summer series.


  13. dobby fan
    dobby fan says:

    Pamie6711: I too loved The Bone Garden. Absolutely fantastic. Wow, the movie would be a great gift to readers…..

  14. JoyKaiya
    JoyKaiya says:

    Ah!! I hope so that I can watch that! But I don’t think so because I live in the Netherlands =[, But Gongrats!!!

  15. coral
    coral says:

    Congratulations!!!! Can’t wait to see it in the UK. The cast so far looks nothing like I imagined it though 🙁

  16. josie
    josie says:

    I am so excited, just about finished The sinner cant wait to read the complete Rizzoli and Isles collection! When will the TV series show in Ireland????????????????

  17. julie marshall
    julie marshall says:

    I have just returned to the UK from a 3 week vacation in USA and I caught Rizzoli and Isles on tv – I loved it and hope that the tv networks here pick it up soon. A great series and hope to catch it again soon or on my next visit over the pond!!!

  18. myrasymon
    myrasymon says:

    Hi – Any word on Rizzoli and Isles being aired in the UK yet? Can’t wait for something decent to watch.

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