You know there’s a problem when the corpse starts laughing. All morning on the set of Rizzoli & Isles, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have been struggling to get through a morgue scene. The cadaver on the slab has a zipper-like slash across the throat, but it’s Alexander who looks like death. She’s been fighting a cold and losing.
“Man! Can someone get Sasha a Kleenex?” Harmon says to hoots and giggles after Alexander derails another take with a sneeze. The dead woman’s shoulders start jiggling. Alexander tilts her head back in fluish exhaustion and says, “I should probably get stock in Kleenex.”
At least the show is healthy. TV’s hottest crime-solving duo enters Season 4 as the third-best-rated series on basic cable. Rizzoli & Isles averaged more than 7.5 million viewers on TNT last season, capped by a finale that, come to think of it, had some major health issues of its own.
After serious reflection (and pressure from her biological mom, Hope), Maura Isles, the erudite, fashion-forward Boston medical examiner played by Alexander, agreed to give up her kidney anonymously to save the half sister she barely knows. Jane Rizzoli, Maura’s best friend and tough-talking colleague in the Boston Police Department, tried persuading her injured-soldier boyfriend, Casey (Chris Vance), not to go through with potentially life-threatening spine surgery. Meanwhile, Jane’s kid brother, Tommy (Colin Egglesfield), Tommy’s baby, T.J., and a detective had to be dug out of a collapsed building.
I’ve added the 3 photos of Sasha to the gallery from the most recent promotional shoot.