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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 and Bruce McGill — a scene swiper since his days as D-Day in Animal House — as Rizzoli's predictably grizzled partner.

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This week's episode, in which R&I reopens the Boston Strangler case, also squanders the talents of Donnie Wahlberg — the Boomtown vet who'll also be back on the beat in CBS' fall cop drama Blue Bloods — as Rizzoli's hard-headed new boss and Tony winner Brian Dennehy as a retired detective called back in to consult on the cold case. Too bad even these gifted thespians can't flesh out characters who have all the depth of chalk outlines.

Do you find Rizzoli & Isles' supporting characters less than arresting?

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