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Herc Has Seen TNT’s New Lady Cop Show RIZZOLI & ISLES!!

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A procedural from writer-producer Janet Tamaro (“Bones,” “Trauma”) based on Tess Gerritsen’s serial-killer novels “The Surgeon” and “The Apprentice” (and maybe their six print sequels), “Rizzoli & Isles” is about a hot homicide detective who teams with a hot medical examiner to fight crime. It stars husky-voiced former model Angie Harmon (whose last series was the conceptually similar “Women’s Murder Club”), Sasha Alexander (“NCIS”), Lorraine Bracco (“The Sopranos”), Chazz Palminteri (“The Usual Suspects”), Lee Thompson Young (“The Famous Jett Jackson”), Bruce McGill (“MacGyver,” “Wolf Lake”) and Donnie Wahlberg (who’s also a regular on CBS’ upcoming fall series “Blue Bloods”). The pilot is OK but comes off as such a basic-cable-friendly knock-off of “Silence of the Lambs.” It’s hard not to roll eyes when the soft-spoken, middle-aged, heavily-restrained imprisoned murderer/doctor starts remarking to the pretty cop about what he smells in the room. That to me kinda jumps over the line of homage into the land of theft. Roll those eyes again when the Lecter surrogate escapes maximum security 18 minutes into the pilot. In the not-as-good second episode, the girls do sitcommy things like bicker and drive away a dinner date with too much shop talk. So no Herc DVR space for “Rizzoli & Isles”! USA Today says:
Been there, bored by that. … Familiar, we'd be able to accept. But not this familiar, and surely not this dull on the outside and dead on the inside … it's the same attempt to blend Grey's Anatomychatter with CSI murder — just not nearly as well done. …
The New York Times says:
… In the absence of an arcing narrative, the series wants us to accept as its mission of suspense the mystery of this crypto drag-king-meets-shopaholic friendship. … This is a series, ultimately, that is out to scam us, trying to have us believe that the sexism Rizzoli experiences comes at the hands of lug-headed male colleagues who tell her to take some Midol when she is stressed out. The real perpetrator, of course, is a show whose creepy gender politics imply that women, no matter how tough, always need rescuing, and that beauty, in the end, only gets you the most dangerous kind of attention.
The Los Angeles Times says:
… One can only hope the pilot is more indicative of the show's future and the show's writers rely less on surface shtick and more on the appeal of the characters and the talent of the cast. Because it's all there, it just needs a little room to breathe.
The Washington Post says:
… Let the mutual rigor mortis work its magic, as Rizzoli, insulted by a colleague, retorts with lines you've heard a thousand times before, such as: "How is it that you're still single?" … isn't brilliant television, but everyone in it seems to be giving it their all -- even the corpses. …
The Boston Herald says:
“Rizzoli & Isles” is one-half of a compelling crime drama. The good part involves just about any scene focusing on Angie Harmon (“Law & Order”) as Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. The flip side? Just about every scene that isn’t centered on her, especially those involving Jane’s best friend, medical examiner Maura Isles … TNT wouldn’t have to do much to improve this show. Simply shortening the title to “Rizzoli” would be a start.
The Boston Globe says:
… Harmon has developed a following that TNT is banking on. She plays Detective Jane Rizzoli, a bit of a tomboy who shoots basketball with her brother (and gets yelled at by her mother, an irritatingly shrill Lorraine Bracco) when she’s not in detective mode. She’s not the smartest cookie in the bag, as she walks into an obvious trap tonight involving a serial killer; but she has grit and ambition and great hair. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… it's hard to find a false note in the new TNT series. It jolts along with humor, suspense, insight and a fair amount of oozing blood. … a beat that's well-worth walking.
Variety says:
… even Harmon and Alexander's well-cut figures will be challenged not to look dated in such a well-worn pattern. … career-driven detective exhibits more bravado than brains, which doesn't bode terribly well for the show as a procedural. …
10 p.m. Monday. TNT.
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  • July 12, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Im a firsty too

    by Deucex

  • July 12, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Another cop show....

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    If someone was smart they'd just bring back Cop Rock. Especially with Glee being a success for Fox.

  • July 12, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by Canidate_Micheal

  • July 12, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    the Hollywood Reporter, ladies and gentlemen...

    by BadMrWonka

    once again, proving that you can bypass outsourcing to India, and just have monkeys type random words on the computer, and still be perceived as relevant.

  • July 12, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Those two would make for a nice three way

    by Xiphos_2

    if there was another hot broad on the show thoughts of the elusive fourgy will be entertained.

  • July 12, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    TNT is trying

    by Xiphos_2

    But they still have not got the formula for their shows down yet the way USA does. Also their commercials are damn annoying.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    It reminds me of Cagney and Lacey

    by SisterSpooky

    Is TNT trying to redo a series of the 70s? But this time based on a novel, just looking at the picture just reminds me of another Cop Show. Cagney and Lacey.

  • July 12, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    hmm, thought Sasha Alexandra found TV work too busy...

    by ahdvd

    At least that was the reason she gave for quitting NCIS.

  • July 12, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    The "fashion plate coroner" ruins it for me...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...those people are all uber-nerds, you sort of have to have Asperger's Syndrome to even want to work with decaying dead bodies, yet her character's like some sorority diva. It just doesn't work.

  • July 12, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Wait TNT went from one lawyer series to 4 cops shows?

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I thought TNT was trying to do something different?

  • July 12, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Cagney and Lacey...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...could kick these two women's asses. Actually, either Cagney or Lacey on their own could take out both of these chicks.

  • July 12, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    The way it sounds it is a turn off.

    by SisterSpooky

    Yes, agreed Jay, Cagney and Lacey could kick these two around any day, or either one of them could. It doesn't sound like Must-see TV, but more like Dumb down Cop show with Hot Chicks. Nope, it hasn't got appeal. What next? Stripper Male Doctors in ChipnDale Clinic?

  • July 12, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Angie Harmon is still a hottie, she is aging quite nicely...not sure about this show, but damn Angie looks good!

  • July 12, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    This show should be "progressive"...

    by BizarroJerry

    and like any other crime show with a male and female lead, have them develop a mutual attraction over the episodes and then become a couple. Then remember that they're on cable TV and could technically show us some boobs.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, JayLenoTook etc etc...

    by BizarroJerry

    If you don't like the fashion plate coroner, you must really hate the CSI shows. Young, sexy, fashionably dressed forensic scientists with guns that kick down doors alongside the SWAT team.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

    You know you want them!

  • July 12, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Too bad

    by Darkefire

    Angie Harmon was the one of the best (and easily hottest) ADAs to ever grace Law and Order and I loved Sasha Alexander in the earlier seasons of NCIS, which have started to look like pure gold compared to some of the tripe they've foisted on us in recent years. Sadly, there's far too much evidence that throwing attractive and talented women into lead roles isn't enough to save a show on its own.

  • July 12, 2010, 11 a.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    this show is a remake.

  • July 12, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Let me guess

    by SmokingRobot

    They'll be smart and tough and morally centered but all the men will be craven, self-serving, lying jerks.

  • July 12, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by lewarcher1949

    huh? wha? I'm awake! When did crime fiction and the cop procedural become a subgenre of the Romance novel? When did hard boiled crime become so freaking girly?

  • July 12, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    what a fucking horrible title...

    by jjwalrus

    unless these books that the show is based on sell at Harry Potter or Twillight like levels, they need to ditch that name. At least Cagney and Lacey sort of rolls off the tongue. Only Aziz Ansari's little cousin will love this one I'm sure.

  • July 12, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Terrible title, but insanely hot leads

    by Himbo

    Both Harmon and Alexander are well worth attention. I'll have to check it. <p> Also, it has to be better than "The Glades" which I gave 5 sucky minutes this weekend.

  • July 12, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    What hath Bones wrought?

    by skimn

    Far from being original itself, it has already spawned Castle and now this? At least Boreanaz and Zooey's sister have good tv cliche chemistry.

  • July 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Doesn't EVERYONE hate the CSI shows? Zing!

  • July 12, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Zooey's somewhat less attractive sister bug me...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...she runs all the words in her lines together. Sorta like: "I'mEmilyDeschanelAndIRunAllMyWordsTogether. AlsoI'mLessAttractiveThanMySisterZooey."

  • July 12, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I thought Sasha Alexander left NCIS when she left acting

    by JT Kirk

    I thought she left NCIS right as it was really hitting big ratings to pursue a career of being Sophia Loren's daughter-in-law. Guess that career wasn't rewarding enough to fully engage her.

  • July 12, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton

    by ides

    Glad to see MacGyver listed prominently in his credits. Also, this is one of the worst names for a television series I've ever heard. I don't know if this is it, but Angie Harmon deserves a good show.

  • July 12, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Support a much better new cop show

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Watch The Good Guys tonight on Fox. <p>As to Sasha Alexander, NCIS never really replaced what she brought to the show. Ziva looks like Eddie Munster half the time and has no real body to speak of.

  • July 12, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Sasha Alexander

    by NippleEffect

    will quit after a season<p> *I'm tired. This is too hard. I'm creatively exhausted.*<p> So I'm not going to invest any time in this

  • July 12, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The title of this show...

    by darthsynn

    sounds like something you would see on the menu at Olive Garden.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Is this like The L Word, but with guns?

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    That's what all the promos for it seem to sell it as. I saw a promo for it in a room full of people and the consensus was that it was a lesbian cop show.

  • July 12, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Rizzoli and Isles

    by Anakinredsabre

    Once again a bunch of haters. Try watching the show before you shit on it. I just watched it and enjoyed it, if your expecting Shakespear, like all you seem to be; you wont get it. Cagney and Lacey?? you all have to be kidding, now that was a crap show. I would rather watch todays Reality show garbage than that steamin pile. The two of them cant even compare to Harmons tough portrayal of a cop; and as far as Sasha Alexander is conderned. I miss her on NCIS as much as the next person, but it doesnt make any sense to anyone else? A summer series on TNT about 12 or 14 opposed to 24 episodes done throughout the year? it makes sense to me, I say good for her and its nice to see her on tv again.

  • July 12, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Well that was agrressively mediocre

    by Xiphos_2

    Which seems to be the niche that TNT is going for. All there shows are bland looking and mediocre. <p> Harmon is still very humpable even after dropping 3 kids. It makes me wonder why all the other broads stay so fat after doing their job.

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  • July 13, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    What this show needs

    by NippleEffect

    is Sasha Alexander in a thong for most her scenes<br> And completly naked in the rest<p> She needs to go back to really dark hair too

  • July 15, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Angie Harmon IS beautiful, but I can't believe she refuses

    by Coughlins Laws

    to do anything about her A-Cup breasts. They look like pimples sticking out of her shirts...