TNT Press Release Season 3 Overview
America's Favorite Crime-Solving Duo is Back
In an All-New Season of TNT’s Hit Series Rizzoli & Isles,
Starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander
Third Season Launches Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Criminals beware. Television's smartest (and most attractive) crime-solving duo will be back on the case this summer when TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles returns for its third explosive season. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the chart-busting series that has averaged well over 8 million viewers through its first two seasons. And this time, they're moving to a new night and time. The third season of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles is set to air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning June 5, followed by an all-new season of TNT's Franklin & Bash.
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.
As Rizzoli & Isles' second season came to an end, a deep wedge was driven between the two friends when Jane shot Maura's biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman). He had shown up unexpectedly at a secret undercover operation to protect Maura from a deadly assailant, but the scene quickly got out of control, forcing Jane to shoot Paddy.
The aftermath strains Jane and Maura's relationship as they try to understand and justify their reactions. When the third season opens, they are taken by surprise by an internal affairs investigation, pushing their friendship even closer to the breaking point.
Ever the professionals, Jane and Maura will work hard to set aside their differences as they investigate a number of complex and troublesome crimes. Among their cases are the murder of a female graduate student, whose strangled body is found hidden in tunnels under her university; a killer with a bizarre doll fetish who hunts women on public transportation, then leaves their bodies posed on benches; and the stabbing of two young homeless veterans who survived Afghanistan only to be brutally murdered in an alley. On the home front, Jane’s meddling mother, Angela (Lorraine Bracco), is determined to play matchmaker. And Maura’s life gets more complicated as she searches for – and uncovers – the truth about her biological mother (guest star Sharon Lawrence).
Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, Jane's squeamish, computer-savvy partner; Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s steady old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Jordan Bridges as Jane’s brother, Frankie Jr., who dreams of becoming a detective like his sister; and Brian Goodman as Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh, the head of the Boston Police Detective department.
After scoring a record-breaking premiere in summer 2010, the first season of Rizzoli & Isles went on to average 8.8 million viewers, at that time the largest audience ever for a basic cable series. The show continued its enormous success in the second season, averaging more than 8.4 million viewers last year.
Rizzoli & Isles comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro of Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions. Michael Katleman also serves as an executive producer. The series was developed for television by Janet Tamaro, who has earned a Gracie Allen Award from the alliance for Women in Media Foundation, a Women's Image Network (WIN) Award and Prevention magazine's Healthy TV Award for her work on the show.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells, as well as the upcoming series Major Crimes, Dallas, Perception and The Great Escape. TNT also is the cable home to powerful dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting this year, Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
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