The writers of “Rizzoli & Isles”

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!

7 replies
  1. IServeTheCat
    IServeTheCat says:

    This summer? I thought it would be in the fall. Either way, I can’t wait!

    Angie Harmon is always the person I visualize for Jane when I read your books. It is beyond awesome that she will be in that role. 😀

  2. demeter94
    demeter94 says:

    It said July 12th in a recent article… that is so wonderful. Also you must be very happy with the final title, as you said before you’d like it to be something along the lines of Cagney & Lacey. 🙂

    As for Angie Harmon, she did such an amazing performance as James Patterson’s Lindsay Boxer. To have her come back as Jane Rizzoli is mystery fan’s heaven. These ladies have a special place in my heart and bookshelves 😉

  3. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    Sounds like a great team Tess – no wonder you look so happy in their company.
    You deserve the best and it sounds like you got the best.
    Were TNT influenced by your preference for the title of the show? So envious at not being able to see the launch at the same time as fans in the United States, but still hopeful it will be taken up by someone in the UK.

    Many congratulations Tess and best wishes – Gordon.

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    Ginger, the whole writing team wanted “Rizzoli & Isles”, and it was just a matter of clearing some legal hurdles. But at last it all got settled, and I’m so glad we finally have a name to call it!

  5. HeatherFernandes
    HeatherFernandes says:

    YAY!! I am so excited to watch this series. Although I’ve been very satisfied with the books themselves I am thrilled to see this on tv.


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