The show is actually based on best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series, and stars Angie Harmon as Detective Jane Rizzoli, and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles.
This past Monday night marked the finale of Season 2, and much as I wanted to watch it, I was determined to watch the other available episodes first, so I started off with one called Bloodlines (season 2, episode 7), in which Jane and Maura meet a small coven of witches after one member is found murdered. Both Jane and Maura go about crime scenes in a professional way with a somewhat comical banter that comes from working so closely together. The way that Maura spouts out odd and helpful facts pertaining to the case, sometimes on downright strange subjects, was a fun way to learn and be entertained!
I loved the 'office talk' between the two ladies at the diner owned by Janes mother (played by Lorraine Bracco), and found the addition of Jane's mother and brother in the show to be great. I loved the family feel it gives, and the undertones of ongoing story lines. Ha! I actually laughed when Jane's Mom brought her out a bunny pancake!
In addition to the episode plot-line, as a new fan, I was introduced to Jane's mom and her brother, who happened to have his own visitors during this episode causing some minor family friction. Additionally, I loved the character of Detective Vince Korsak (played by Bruce McGill, who I've seen in so many great shows and movies).
The entire cast of characters is great. I'm especially happy to see Sasha Alexander return to a regular tv series after being killed a few seasons ago on NCIS.
Bottom line: I have to admit that I was really impressed that Jane and Maura (played by Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander) are straight-forward characters, who are strong, smart and pretty. The show is one that I look forward to watching regularly going forward.
Warner Home Video (June 28, 2011) ~ 440 Minutes (Season 1)
Edition Reviewed: OnDemand episode from season 2 available via my cable provider!
The Evolution of Jane Rizzoli: Courtesy of TNT
About the Show: Rizzoli and Isles: (provided by the Turner Influencer Network)
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals.
Lorraine Bracco stars as Jane's demanding and intrusive mother, Angela. Lee Thompson Young is Detective Barry Frost, Jane's somewhat green partner. Bruce McGill plays Detective Vince Korsak, Jane's seasoned former partner who resents her being paired with Frost. And Jordan Bridges is Jane's brother, Frankie Jr., a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective.
Jane and Maura will take on a number of intriguing cases this season, including a murder carried out during a Revolutionary War re-enactment, a killing in a professional baseball team's locker room, a complicated case involving a surrogate mother and a case involving the Salem witch trials. Jane will also face the return of serial killer Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee - Flash Forward), who takes a special joy in tormenting her.
Among the guest stars lined up for the second season of RIZZOLI & ISLES are Ernie Hudson (Oz, Ghostbusters) as Frost's father, a Navy admiral; Matthew Del Negro (United States of Tara, Parenthood) as a mechanic who catches Maura's eye; and Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) as a potential murder suspect.
Mondays 10|9c on TNT
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