It’s been announced that Rizzoli and Isles has been picked up by TNT for another season. The police procedural starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander proved to be one of TNT’s more successful shows. According to TNT, the show “finished this past summer as basic cable’s No. 1 series and has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 5 series for five consecutive years, including 2014 to date”. The sixth season of Rizzoli and Isles is slated to air next summer.
Rizzoli and Isles is just the latest show to be renewed by TNT. Last week, they announced that they will be picking up the Sean Bean vehicle Legends for a 10-episode second season. Other shows that were picked up by the network are the dramas Major Crimes, Falling Skies, The Last Ship, and Murder in the First.
Based on the work of crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli and Isles stars Harmon as the tough Boston police detective Jane Rizolli and Sasha Alexander as the smart medical examiner Maura Isles. Despite being polar opposites, the two offbeat friends work together to solve crime in the streets of Boston.
Rizzoli and Isles premiered in 2010, with the show starting out strong in the ratings. It immediately became one of TNT’s more well-known shows, and consistently generated good numbers for the network.
Both Harmon and Alexander have TV backgrounds, appearing as regulars in other crime shows before working together in Rizzoli and Isles. Prior to her work in Rizzoli and Isles, Harmon’s last big TV role was as a regular cast member in the long-running police drama Law and Order. Alexander on the other hand, is known for her role as Special Agent Caitlin Todd in NCIS.
One of Alexander’s earlier roles was in Dawson’s Creek as Gretchen Witter, which she played for a total of 20 episodes.