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:
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."
All season long...
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The 51-year-old actress has been playing medical examiner Elizabeth Rodgers on the legal franchise for almost two decades. After first appearing on the original tentpole in 1992, she has since recurred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the short-lived Law & Order: Trial By Jury and even the 1998 Law & Order TV movie, Exiled.
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Sasha Alexander and Eduardo Ponte
It's a boy for Sasha Alexander.
The Rizzoli & Isles star and her husband, writer/director Edoardo Ponti, welcomed son ...
Mark-Paul Gosselaar will trade his Raising the Bar three-piece suit for skimpy swim trunks when he plays a tri-athlete from Dr. Maura Isles' past on Rizzoli & Isles.
"We had a couple scenes where he's swimming. Let me tell you, I have not enjoyed a swimming actor for a long time," star Sasha Alexander, who plays Isles, told TVGuide.com.
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Question: Just wanted to get your thoughts/reaction to DirecTV saving Damages from FX's cancellation fate. I am beyond thrilled one of my favorites and one of the best dramas on TV was rescued! (On a side note, I think Damages was robbed of a Best Drama Emmy nomination.) It will be a long haul to wait until summer 2011 for new episodes, but will be worth it to see Patty spar with Ellen again during a thrilling legal battle. — Kevin
Matt Roush: I'm always pleased when a show I like gets a new lease on life. Was overjoyed for Friday Night Lights when DirecTV came to its rescue (allowing the show to recover from a very flawed second season and move on to new heights) and feel the same for Damages, especially since the show regained its mojo in year 3. In fact, the season was so satisfying I would have been OK if that had been all we got. Still, two more arcs for Patty and Ellen? Who'd complain about that? But for the dark lining in this silver cloud, read on...
Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for criminally neglecting its high-caliber supporting cast.
Per its title, the hit TNT crime drama follows the cutesy exploits of Beantown galpals Det. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). The wildly overqualified and underutilized ensemble includes Emmy nominee Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) and Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway) as Rizzoli's stereotypically squabbling mom and dad ...
Rizzoli & Isles
The premiere of Rizzoli & Isles attracted 7.6 million viewers, making it the second-biggest cable TV series debut ever.
Monday night's launch of the TNT crime drama finished slightly behind the 2008 unveiling of Raising the Bar — and it managed to...
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 ...