Rizzoli & Isles – Season 6 Premiere: Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, which topped the charts as basic cable’s #1 series last summer, stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Dr. 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, a killer combination that helps them solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Jordan Bridges, Idara Victor, Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco.
Rizzoli & Isles launched in 2010, finishing its first year as basic cable’s #1 new series. Each year since, it has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 5 series with total viewers, as well as one of basic cable’s Top 10 series with adults 25-54. The show topped the charts last summer as basic cable’s #1 series, with 7.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. It was also the #2 series (behind TNT’s The Last Ship) among adults 25-54 and ranked among the Top 5 with adults 18-49 for the summer. When incorporating TNT’s multiple platforms, including live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand, the summer run reached a total of 13.6 million viewers per episode. Rizzoli & Isles is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Haber and showrunner Jan Nash serving as executive producers. The show was developed by Janet Tamaro and is based on a series of novels by best-selling crime writer Tess Gerritsen.
Rizzoli & Isles‘ star Sasha Alexander is taking a risque turn with a major recurring arc on Season 5 of Showtime dramedy Shameless. She will play Helene, one of Lip’s (Jeremy Allen White) college professors, who’s erudite, confident and sexy with a wild side. The role is definitely new territory for Alexander compared to her more sedate character on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as Dr. Maura Isles, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Chief Medical Examiner, working at the Boston Police Department. Alexander is repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion, and Felker, Toczek, Gellman, Suddleson. Shameless is executive produced by John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental.