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Rizzoli & Isles: Meet Frost's Replacement (But Don't Call Her That)

Idara Victor

Rizzoli & Isles is getting a new team member this week, but you might not even realize it at first.

Idara Victor (Turn) joins the drama as Nina Holiday, who's quietly introduced on Tuesday's episode (9/8c, TNT) with such little fanfare that you might assume it's a drive-by guest-starring role. But the low-key debut was a decision executive producer Jan Nash did not take lightly. "I think usually it would be a big deal for any show, but we didn't make it too much of a thing at the beginning," Nash tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to ease into it given the circumstances."

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Those circumstances, of course, being the death of Lee Thompson Young, who played Det. Barry Frost, last August. After a tribute to Young and Frost in the second episode of the season, Nash had to figure how ...
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Rizzoli & Isles Boss on Writing Out Lee Thompson Young: "It Was Very Daunting"

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander

To say Jan Nash came in to Rizzoli & Isles with an unenviable task would be an understatement.

The former Without a Trace producer replaced creator/executive producer Janet Tamaro as showrunner in November, just three months after star Lee Thompson Young committed suicide at age 29. The final episodes of Season 4 were devoid of Young, but his character, Det. Barry Frost, hadn't been written out yet. Instead, he was said to be on vacation visiting his mom...

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Exclusive First Look: Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Has "A Lot of Ups and Downs"

Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander

Will Season 5 be Rizzoli & Isles' best season yet? It's already Angie Harmon's favorite.

"This season is by far my favorite," Harmon says in our exclusive first look at the season below. "What I love about Season 5 is that it's not just about Jane and Maura [Sasha Alexander]."

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Exclusive Rizzoli & Isles Sneak Peek: Maura and Frankie Sitting in a Tree?

Sasha Alexander

Is love in the air for Rizzoli and Isles? No, not like that!

On Rizzoli & Isles' Season 4 finale Tuesday (9/8c, TNT), things get playful between Maura (Sasha Alexander) and Frankie (Jordan Bridges) when she tends to his busted lip. But just as he's about to make ...
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Rizzoli & Isles: Jane and Maura Deal With New Loves, Their Families and... a Breakup?

Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon

When Rizzoli & Isles returns for Season 2 (Monday at 10/9c), the TNT cop drama picks up just a few months after the harrowing hostage situation in the precinct, which ended with Jane (Angie Harmon) taking a bullet to the gut. The sophomore season will see the homicide detective struggling to get emotionally grounded, while desperately trying to prove she's ready to get back in the field.

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On top of that, Jane and Maura (Sasha Alexander) will be dealing with the return of family members, new love interests and secrets that may cause a rift between our favorite TV duo. Check out what's in store for Season 2: read more

Rizzoli & Isles: True Womance

Rizzoli & Isles

Sexier than Cagney and Lacey, brainier than Laverne and Shirley and way better at tracking down serial killers than the women of The View, Rizzoli and Isles are TV's favorite gal pals of the moment. The show's ratings are through the roof. Bloggers obsess over the characters' "secret" love lives. Big-name guest stars are on the horizon. Still, for Angie Harmon, the show's chisel-cheeked costar, the true sign of success was getting a shout-out from Liz Lemon. Last spring, when Tina Fey's character on 30 Rock heard that her boss Jack was buying a cable network, Liz practically started hyperventilating: "Is it TNT? Are Rizzoli and Isles friends in real life?"

"I know it was a joke, but I kinda went, 'Hey, we made it!'" says Harmon. She's taking a break between scenes on the Rizzoli & Isles set in Los Angeles and talking about the 101 unexpected side effects of having the hottest new cable show of the past year. In its debut run last summer, Rizzoli & Isles drew nearly 9 million viewers a week, making the one-hour drama about a duo of mismatched crime investigators the highest-rated commercial-supported cable series of all time. And it's not just Tina Fey: "Old guys from Boston, young girls who tell me we inspire them, moms on the street," Harmon says. "I'm in awe of all the fans of this show."

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Rizzoli & Isles' Sasha Alexander: I'm "Carrie Bradshaw with a Dead Body"

Sasha Alexander

What's a medical examiner to wear to a crime scene? 

If you're Rizzoli & Isles' Maura Isles, you throw on some Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta.

"Obviously!" Sasha Alexander, who plays Isles on the new TNT series (Monday at 10/9c), tells TVGuide.com. "Don't they all wear that? It's pretty fantastic. I'm not ...
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"The List"

Hello again faithful TVGuide.com fans! Joshua Green here, reporting for the most revamped show of the fall!The momentum that began with "The Education of Jaime Sommers" continues with the focus on Michelle Ryan's Jaime Sommers and her CIA pseudo boyfriend covertly known as Tom. Their chemistry continues to shine and prompts me to think that Jordan Bridges as Tom will soon become a series regular. Jordan's comedic chops help him stand out among the cast and allows the show to be almost — gasp — fun!I groaned when there was yet another dull training session between Jaime and Jae Kim. Granted, I usually whimper whenever Will Yun Lee is on the screen, but I absolutely detest these mundane training sequences. What have they actually accomplished? Jaime has been able to control her bionics solely because of her calm and self-control. Nevertheless, the training continues with tonight's episode but also serves for the reintroduction of Tom. All of a sudden this scene has a purpose... read more

Law & Order Alum Lands Big Gig, More Casting Bits

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Law & Order alumna Elisabeth Rohm and onetime Veronica Mars recurring player Ryan Devlin are each joining ABC's Big Shots, playing love interests for Michael Vartan and Peyton List (aka Dylan McDermott's daughter), respectively.... Also per the Reporter, Jordan Bridges (Conviction) is joining Bionic Woman to woo Jaime Sommers, and Brandon Eaton has been cast as a younger version of NBC's Journeyman, Kevin McKidd.... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Tim DeKay (Tell Me You Love Me) are Amber Tamblyn's parents in the Hallmark TV-movie The Russell Girl.More TVGuide.com casting news: Samantha Who? Snags Eddie Cibrian, Lost's Kiele Sanchez, Sharon Gless Gets a Little Nip/Tuck read more

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For complete minute-by-minute Watercooler coverage of the Academy Awards ceremony and of Joan and Melissa's live preshow, click here. ConvictionI've had many obsessions in my life — love, shiny jewelry, chocolate — but none as devastating as Law & Order. My addiction to Dick Wolf's franchise (save for the deservedly short-lived Trial by Jury) has distracted me from finishing freelance assignments, deprived me of adequate sleep and even chased away a boyfriend or two. That said, Wolf's new series Conviction — which technically isn't part of the L&O family, even though it stars Special Victims Unit's cast read more

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