Tonight, after the Season 6 premiere of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedwick's molars, there is another new cop show. For the record, I believe this to be the 867th new cop show this year, which either shows an immense amount of creativity being spent in a genre I love, or it is the death knell. There is only so much viewing audience such as myself, and honestly, I'm not even going to try to watch half the shows that are being advertised. Rookie Blue? Maybe if you make it to a second season.
But I'll be watching The Closer at work tonight, so I might as well spend the next hour watching their newest addition to the genre, Rizzoli & Isles.
From TNT's Website RIZZOLI & ISLES follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two remain strikingly different from one another in many ways. Jane, the only female detective in Boston’s homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn’t let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. And she is working on curbing her tendency to diagnose the people she meets – including her first dates. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure out the “who done it” as well as the “how done it” of Boston’s most complex cases.
Despite their many differences, Jane and Maura are best friends, with a quirky and supportive relationship. As Tamaro explains, “That Jane and Maura are so different and yet so effective as a team makes them unusual.… There’s something rare about their relationship that I see in the world but not enough on television: two smart, strong, competent women who instinctively drop the protective shield when they’re with each other.”
RIZZOLI & ISLES also stars Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) as Angela, Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother; Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) as Det. Barry Frost, Jane’s somewhat green partner; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; and Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek) as Jane’s brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective.
Also of note, these characters were created by Tess Gerritsen, in her series of novels.
It looks promising, and I'm happy it's got two female leads, something that's almost never seen in anything besides situation comedies. Has there been a female cop/buddy show (yes, I realize one of them is an M.E.) since the glory days of Cagney & Lacey?
Rizzoli & Isles premiers tonight on TNT at 10pm Eastern
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Dan Fleming is the writer/co-creator of Warrior Twenty-Seven, the independant comics anthology. He's been known to bury his nose in books since the earliest of ages, and has been busy writing a crime novel for a few moons. His comic work can be viewed at www.warrior27.thecomicseries.com. He is also one half of the podcasting duo, The Potato League Podcast, which can be found on Podbean. He can be contacted at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org