Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Episode Synopses, Cast & Character Bios, Production Bios

TNT Press Release

America's Toughest Crime-Solving Duo Returns June 25 in the Fourth Season of TNT’s Hit Series Rizzoli & Isles, Starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander

This summer, television's hottest crime-solving duo is back with more drama and suspense than ever as TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles returns for its fourth unforgettable season. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the chart-busting series that averaged more than 7.5 million viewers last year, making it one of basic cable's Top 3 series of 2012. Season four of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles is set to launch Tuesday, June 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen and developed for television by Janet Tamaro, 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, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.

Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane's meddling mother; 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 recently achieved his dream of becoming a detective; and Brian Goodman as Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh, the head of the Boston Police Detective department.

As Rizzoli & Isles' third season came to an end, Jane tried to convince Casey (guest star Chris Vance) not to go through with a potentially life threatening surgery. Maura decided to anonymously donate her kidney to save a half-sister she barely knows, Cailin, (guest star Emilee Wallace). Meanwhile Tommy (guest star Colin Egglesfield) and Det. Barry Frost are trapped during a building collapse.

This summer, Jane and Maura help each other through more family troubles as they investigate complex and troublesome cases, including a deadly shooting of a state senator, the brutal killing of an young and earnest journalism student and the pending murder trial of Maura's mob-boss father, Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman).

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.

About TNT
TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Major Crimes, Perception and Franklin & Bash, as well as the upcoming King & Maxwell, Lost Angels, The Last Ship and Legends. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like the upcoming 72 Hours, The Hero and Cold Justice. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; 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.

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Season 4 Episode Synopses

"We Are Family" – Tuesday, June 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV
A community parade turns deadly in a case that brings family tensions and politics to the forefront. Maura, who is dealing with her own family issues, is not quite herself. And a surprise visit from Lt. Col. Casey Jones (guest star Chris Vance) reveals some shocking news.

Directed by Michael Katleman
Written by Janet Tamaro
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"In Over Your Head" – Tuesday, July 2, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV
While investigating the homicide of an overzealous journalism student, Jane is not happy when a former colleague returns to BPD as the new lieutenant of the drug unit (guest star Amaury Nolasco). But the murder she’s investigating soon forces her to deal with him – and the event wrecked their relationship. Meanwhile, an alarming tip from Cailin (guest star Emilee Wallace) causes Maura to investigate Hope (guest star Sharon Lawrence).

Directed by Jamie Babbit
Written by Russell J. Grant & Janet Tamaro
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"But I am a Good Girl" – Tuesday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
TJ's christening turns grim when a body is discovered in the church. Jane almost abuses her power in order to protect Tommy when Lydia's fiancé, Stuart Stawbridge (guest star Jareb Dauplaise) threatens to take custody of TJ, and budget cuts cause tensions to run high around the department.

Directed by Norman Buckley
Teleplay by Janet Tamaro
Story by Y. Shireen Razack
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"Killer in High Heels" – Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Maura becomes the key suspect in a homicide case when Maura’s date turns up dead – and Maura can’t remember their evening together. As the shocking evidence against Maura piles up, Jane struggles between protecting her best friend and doing her job.

Directed by Mark Haber
Written by Charlie Craig & Ken Hanes
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"Dance with the Devil" – Tuesday, July 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
On the first day of Paddy’s (guest star John Doman) murder trial, Maura gains insight into her father from Hope (guest star Sharon Lawrence). Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh’s tragic past. And in an unexpected twist, Maura must decide which side she’s on when she and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy and Hope that affects them all.

Directed by Jamie Babbit
Teleplay by Janet Tamaro
Story by Lids Marie Petersen
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"Somebody's Watching Me" – Tuesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When a beleaguered Jane spills hot coffee on a stranger at Boston Joe's, a viral video of Jane’s bad day potentially jeopardizes her career and reputation. Meanwhile, the squad rushes to solve a puzzling murder case involving a conspiracy theorist.

Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by Lisa Marie Petersen & Ken Hanes
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"All For One" – Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
A popular high school teacher is killed in a hit and run that is clearly no accident. The squad works to solve the case, but Jane is preoccupied with Lt. Martinez’s (guest star Amaury Nolasco) apparent favoritism towards his own drug unit.

Directed by Paul Holahan
Written by Janet Tamaro
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

"Cold As Ice" – Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Frankie Jr. is brought in to help with a gruesome murder case involving a youth hockey league. Frustrated with Hope (guest star Sharon Lawrence), Cailin (guest star Emilee Wallace) asks to stay with Maura. But Maura quickly learns that living with a teenager requires skills she does not have.

Directed by Randy Zisk
Written by Ken Hanes & Lisa Marie Petersen
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen

Cast Biographies

Angie Harmon
Det. Jane Rizzoli

Born in Dallas, Texas, Angie Harmon is best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on NBC’s Emmy®-winning drama Law & Order.

Angie Harmon returned to the small screen in Fall 2007 as the lead in ABC’s Women’s Murder Club as homicide detective Lindsay Boxer. Along with a medical examiner, newspaper reporter and a young assistant district attorney, she works to solve homicides. Based on a best-selling novel by James Patterson. Women’s Murder Club was quickly nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the category of Best New Television Drama.

Harmon has spent most of her life in front of the camera. Both of her parents were models, and Harmon began modeling when she was a baby. She won a model search at the age of 15 for the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also won a Spectrum Model Search contest, which lead to her successful modeling career and to her becoming a household name in 1990s. She worked as a runway model for Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan and appeared on the covers of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Esquire.

Upon graduation, Harmon traveled between New York and Los Angeles, where she began to study acting. She made her feature film debut in the independent film Lawn Dogs, in which she appeared opposite Sam Rockwell for director John Duigan. The film screened at both the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Harmon made her network television series debut starring opposite Eric Roberts for one season as the rookie member of the FBI’s elite crime unit on ABC’s C-16: FBI.

Harmon’s many film roles include the lead role of Abby” in the Sony Screen Gems feature film The Good Mother and a starring role opposite Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan in the independent feature film Seraphim Falls. She was also seen in Fun With Dick and Jane and Agent Cody Banks. Harmon is a UNICEF Ambassador.

Sasha Alexander
Dr. Maura Isles

A talented and versatile actress in both film and television, Sasha Alexander currently can be seen playing Dr. Maura Isles on TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles. Prior to that, Alexander was best recognized for her role as Special Agent Caitlin Todd in the first two seasons of the popular drama NCIS. Alexander was also a regular on the critically acclaimed drama Dawson's Creek, as well as Presidio Med and The Nine. In addition, she has had guest-starring roles on such popular shows as Friends, House and Greg the Bunny. She most recently was the romantic lead opposite Rhys Darby in the movie Coming & Going, which premiered on TNT in July 2011.

On the big screen, Alexander was part of the all-star cast of the hit film He's Just Not That Into You and co-starred with Jim Carrey in the movie Yes Man. Her other feature film credits include Mission: Impossible III, with Tom Cruise; Tenure, opposite Luke Wilson; and Love Happens, alongside Aaron Eckhart. She has also appeared in many independent films, including The Last Lullaby, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the San Diego Film Festival; Play Dead; and All Over the Guy, opposite Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Goldberg. This year, Alexander can be seen in Michel Compte's The Girl from Nagasaki, a modern adaptation of Madame Butterfly. 

Alexander studied acting in London with Cecily Barry and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from USC's prestigious School of Cinema and Television, where she studied directing. She resides in Los Angeles, with her husband, film director Edoardo Ponti, and two children.

As a mother, Alexander has been a passionate advocate of sustaining an environmentally healthy household. She’s a supporter of Healthy Child, Healthy World, an organization that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. Additionally, Alexander is heavily involved with the UN Foundation and their amazing programs for empowering and educating young women around the world, including GirlUp and the Shot@Life Campaign.

Lorraine Bracco
Angela Rizzoli

Lorraine Bracco’s multifaceted performances in all arenas have earned her a global fan base. She is perhaps best known for her role as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who treated New Jersey Mafia heavyweight Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit series The Sopranos. Her concise, understated portrayal earned her multiple Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Additionally, Bracco is an Academy Award nominee for her performance as a mobster’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas. She starred as Drew Barrymore’s mother in Riding in Cars with Boys, directed by Penny Marshall, and had a recurring role on NBC’s Lipstick Jungle.

In addition to film and television, Bracco starred on Broadway as Mrs. Robinson in Terry Johnson’s adaptation of The Graduate. She is also the author of a best-selling memoir On the Couch.

Bracco was born in Brooklyn to an Italian-American father and an English mother. Though she was voted the ugliest girl in sixth grade, she nonetheless became a Paris fashion model represented by the Wilhelmina Agency.

Bracco worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg and began to act in film. She appeared in several French comedies and worked with Italian film director Lina Wertmuller. Returning to the U.S., she studied at The Stella Adler Studio and the Actors Studio in New York City.

Bracco made her American feature film debut in Ridley Scott’s 1987 thriller Someone to Watch over Me. Other film credits include The Pick-Up Artist, Switch, Radio Flyer, Medicine Man, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Hackers and Basketball Diaries.

Bracco lives in New York. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Felix Organization/Adoptees For Children, which provides opportunities & experiences for kids growing up in the foster care system.

Lee Thompson Young
Det. Barry Frost

Lee Thompson Young was first inspired to become an actor when he was 10 years old, portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the production of A Night of Stars and Dreams in his hometown of Columbia, S.C.

Young’s professional career took off two years later with his leading role on the Disney television series The Famous Jett Jackson. He followed with roles in such movies as Friday Night Lights, with Billy Bob Thorton; Akeelah and the Bee, with Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne; and Redemption, with Jamie Foxx.

In 2008 Young signed a talent development deal with ABC, which resulted in a critically acclaimed seven-episode arc in the drama FlashForward. He also played important recurring roles on both the hit comedy Scrubs and fan favorite Smallville. He has appeared on numerous television series, including The Event, The Guardian, South Beach, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and CSI:NY.

Bruce McGill
Det. Vince Korsak

Since driving his motorcycle up the Delta House stairs as D-Day in National Lampoon’s Animal House, Bruce McGill has been a constant and memorable screen presence. He has appeared in over 140 films, television movies and series spanning the last five decades. Throughout his career he has consistently received rave reviews for his stand-out performances, showing no signs of slowing down. On the big screen, McGill recently portrayed Edwin Stanton in Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, with Oscar-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. Bruce recently finished shooting "Ride Along" with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which is scheduled for release this summer.

McGill has appeared in more than 80 motion pictures, including Law Abiding Citizen, Obsessed, Oliver Stone’s W, Vantage Point, Runaway Jury, Collateral, Matchstick Men and Cinderella Man. His appearance as southern attorney Ron Motley in Michael Mann’s The Insider garnered high praise from critics and audiences alike. Other notable film work includes The Sum of All Fears, Shallow Hal, The Legend of Bagger Vance, My Cousin Vinny, The Last Boy Scout, Silkwood, The Lookout, Exit Wounds, Wildcats, Ali and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde.

Bruce McGill’s list of television credits is equally impressive, as he has starred in some of HBO’s most critically acclaimed productions: portraying controversial journalist Peter Arnett in Live From Baghdad, painting a chilling portrait of LBJ cabinet member George Ball in Path to War and realistically capturing legendary Yankees manager Ralph Houk in 61. He has made memorable guest appearances on C.S.I, The Practice, Gideon’s Crossing, Home Improvement, Star Trek: Voyager, The Commish, Quantum Leap and Miami Vice, among others. McGill may be best known as Jack Dalton, MacGyver’s troublemaking best friend, which he portrayed for six seasons. He currently voices the character Lloyd Waterman on the animated series The Cleveland Show and recently became the voice of the Longhorn Network, taking over that job from Walter Cronkite.

Originally from San Antonio, McGill began his acting career on stage in elementary school. After earning his bachelor's degree in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, he made his professional debut as a member of Rhode Island’s Trinity Square Repertory Company.

After relocating to New York City, he began a long association with the New York Shakespeare Festival, appearing in Hamlet, produced by the legendary Joseph Papp; Henry V; and playing Iago opposite Raul Julia’s Othello for the NYSF’s Shakespeare in the Park series. He also starred on Broadway for two years in My One and Only, with Tommy Tune and Twiggy. In 2007, he returned to the stage after 22 years with an acclaimed portrayal of Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow at the Pasadena Playhouse.

McGill is a single-digit handicap golfer and played Walter Hagen to perfection in The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was directed by Robert Redford, and remains one of his favorite roles to date. McGill was recently inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife, Gloria, outside Los Angeles, where he indulges in his passion for golfing, sailing, cooking and playing music whenever possible.

Jordan Bridges
Frankie Rizzoli Jr.

Jordan Bridges comes from a long line of entertainers and has starred in a variety of productions in film, television and on the stage. His career highlights include the films Mona Lisa Smile, Frequency and The New Suit. He has also appeared in the television shows Bionic Woman, Without a Trace and Conviction. And on Broadway, he appeared in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Bridges recently appeared in the film J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood, and can next be seen in Phantom, starring Ed Harris. He is a graduate of Bard College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Brian Goodman
Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh

After hitting the streets at age 12, Brian Goodman did whatever he could to survive as one of South Boston’s homeless. An altercation landed him in prison from 1989-1994. He was twice paroled, both of which he violated. One thing that kept him going was the idea he could be an actor. At age 8, he saw the TV movie Brian’s Song and just knew this was something he could do. While in prison, watching a lot of television and movies, he commented to a fellow prisoner, “I’m going to be an actor someday.” After serving his time, he heard about a casting call for a film being shot in Boston. He went in for an audition and was given his first role in Southie, a drama about a South Boston gang starring Donnie Wahlberg.

Parole regulations stipulated he could not leave the state of Massachusetts, so he took it as a divine sign when his next two auditions turned out to be in Boston and garnered him speaking roles in the feature films Snitch (a.k.a. Monument Avenue), directed by the late Ted Demme; and In Dreams, helmed by Neil Jordan.

After completing the terms of his parole, Goodman moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and pursued his acting career, initially playing a lot of golf and gambling. Eventually his fortunes turned, and he landed the role of a “suit-and-tie business-type guy” who kidnaps Jeff Bridges’s character in the film Scenes of the Crime. He also served as technical advisor on the picture. This brought him to the attention of producer Rod Lurie who championed him for a role in his prison drama The Last Castle, starring Robert Redford. Goodman’s prison experience came into play once again through his portrayal of the character Beaupre.

His other features include Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Ted Demme's Blow, The Black Rose, Just One Night and the short film Orphan. His television credits include appearances on Boomtown and Thieves.

Goodman’s favorite role is that of being a dad to his sons, Mark and Brian. He works out and enjoys a variety of sports as participant and viewer: tennis, basketball, golf, softball and ice hockey. He resides in Los Angeles.

The Characters

Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) is a tough Boston homicide detective whose best friend is her colleague, Dr. Maura Isles. Jane is close with her family including her brother, Frankie Jr., who just achieved his life long dream of getting promoted to a detective and her sweet, but meddling mother, Angela. Jane’s love life usually takes a back seat to her job, making it tough for her to have a steady relationship.

Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) is a brilliant and eccentric medical examiner who puts as much thought into her work as she does into her impeccable wardrobe. Maura is a walking encyclopedia, who can recite obscure facts and studies, which makes her both endearing and exasperating to Jane. But Maura also struggles with the fallout of a new relationship with a biological mother and half-sister, along with the ongoing stress of her felon father, Paddy Doyle.

Angela Rizzoli (Lorraine Bracco) is Jane’s meddling mother who is just now getting back into the world of dating, though she has yet to finalize her divorce. Fiercely protective of her children, she’s also proud of them but wishes Jane and Frankie Jr. had chosen safer careers. She adores her new grandchild, Tommy’s illegitimate son, T.J.

Detective Barry Frost (Lee Thompson Young) is Jane’s computer savvy but squeamish partner. He learned a great deal from Jane during his first years on the job and has now proven himself to be a reliable member of the team.

Sergeant Detective Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill) is Jane’s old-school homicide squad leader. He has taken Frankie Jr. under his wing to train and guide him to be a successful detective.

Frankie Rizzoli Jr. (Jordan Bridges) is Jane’s brother and the Rizzoli’s middle child. Finally able to achieve his dream of becoming a detective, Frankie's career is finally taking off.

Lt. Det. Sean Cavanaugh (Brian Goodman) is a product of the hardscrabble working class of South Boston. His knowledge of the street and his history as a detective make him the perfect choice to be Commander of the Homicide Unit. Fiercely loyal to Detective Jane Rizzoli because he lived what she faces, Cavanaugh has her back when the Brass would have her head.

Production Biographies

Janet Tamaro
Executive Producer/Creator

Janet Tamaro earned the 2010 WIN (Women's Image Network) Award for Outstanding Drama and a 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer – Entertainment for her work on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, which she developed for television. Previously, she shared a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Series for the first season of Lost. She earned an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Miniseries as part of the producing team for Sleeper Cell.

Before becoming a screenwriter, Tamaro was a national television correspondent, reporting for ABC News, Inside Edition and America’s Most Wanted, among others. She covered major crimes and trials, while also working on dozens of investigative stories. Tamaro is the author of the bestselling book So That’s What They’re For! She left news to take a staff writing job on TNT's Breaking News. She worked as a producer/writer on the staffs of The Black Sash, The Court, Line of Fire, CSI: NY, Bones, Tell Me You Love Me and Trauma.

Tamaro has a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is married to motojournalist and Cycle World Radio host Steve Natt. They have two daughters.

Bill Haber
Executive Producer

Bill Haber is the Executive Producer of The series Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, AND Beauty and the Beast on CW and the HBO special Thurgood. He executive-produced Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story; Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes for TNT; Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood on TCM; Jack and the Beanstalk for CBS and Uprising for NBC

Haber’s Ostar Enterprises has produced The Trip to Bountiful; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Evita; War Horse (2010 Tony, Best Play); A Behanding in Spokane; Enron; Next Fall; After Miss Julie; August: Osage County (2008 Tony, Best Play and Pulitzer Prize); The Seafarer; Rock N Roll; Sunday in the Park with George; The Drowsy Chaperone; The History Boys (2006 Tony, Best Play); Well, Bridge & Tunnel; The Woman in White; Monty Python's Spamalot (2005 Tony, Best Musical); The Pillowman; Democracy; Bea Arthur; The Smell of the Kill; Amour; Imaginary Friends; Proof (2001 Tony, Best Play and Pulitzer Prize); The Green Bird; Dirty Blonde; High Society; Freak; The Scarlet Pimpernel; and the acclaimed revivals of Inherit The Wind; Journey’s End (2007 Tony, Best Revival of a Play); Glengarry Glen Ross (2005 Tony, Best Revival); Jumpers; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Man of La Mancha; Hedda Gabler; Dance of Death; Noises Off; The Iceman Cometh and 1776. London productions include Rock N Roll; Donkeys’ Years; Monty Python’s Spamalot; Sunday in the Park with George; Journey's End; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; Hay Fever; Madame Melville. Off-Broadway, the company has produced Thurgood; On The Line; The Shape of Things; If Love Were All; If Memory Serves; and Madame Melville.

In 1975 he co-founded Creative Artists Agency, the renowned Los Angeles-based literary and talent agency. He was responsible for managing and executing the agency’s leading presence in the television industry and their innovative corporate advisory services. He is Special Advisor to Save the Children.

Michael Katleman
Executive Producer/Director

Michael Katleman made his directorial debut in 1990 on the critically acclaimed China Beach. From there, he quickly established himself by directing iconic series including ER, Northern Exposure, Dark Angel, The X-Files and Smallville.

Katleman has become extremely sought after as a pilot director who recently finished work on TNT's upcoming King & Maxwell. It marked the fourth pilot helmed by Katleman to be picked up to series.

In 2002, Steven Spielberg recruited Katleman to direct the two-hour finale of his Emmy-winning sci-fi miniseries Taken. From there, he began a new phase of his career as a producer-director, working on shows such as Mercy Point, Gilmore Girls, Tru Calling, Reunion, Point Pleasant and Birds of Prey.

In 2006, Katleman directed his first feature film for Disney and Hollywood Pictures. Primeval was a visual-effects---driven action-adventure shot entirely on location in South Africa.

Since directing his first feature, Katleman has established himself as a showrunner-director, helming not only Rizzoli & Isles but also Big Shots, Life on Mars, Eastwick, My Generation and Memphis Beat.

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