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Rizzoli & Isles: Fourth Season Renewal for TNT TV Show

season four renewal for rizzoli and isles on TNTTNT has renewed their popular Rizzoli & Isles TV series for another season of 15 episodes. Season four is expected to debut sometime in 2013. The first two seasons each kicked off in July while the current third season began earlier this month.

The third season of Rizzoli & Isles has been averaging a 1.1 in the 18-49 demographic with 5.38 million total viewers in the ratings.

TNT has scheduled just 10 of the 15 episodes through August 14th. Last year, the cable channel broke the second season into two parts, airing the second part of the season’s episodes in late fall.

Here’s the press release from TNT with some additional information about season four:

TNT Books Fourth Season of “Rizzoli & Isles,” Summer’s #1 Returning Drama, from Warner Horizon Television

TNT has ordered a fourth season of its hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, from Warner Horizon Television. The series has drawn 7.1 million viewers in its new Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot and ranks as summer’s #1 returning scripted series on basic cable. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with the fourth season slated for 2013.

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in Rizzoli & Isles, which was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. In the series, Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is 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 lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.

Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, Jane’s squeamish, computer-savvy partner; Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s steady old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Jordan Bridges as Jane’s brother, Frankie Jr., who dreams of becoming a detective like his sister; Brian Goodman as Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh, the head of the Boston Police Detective department; and Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane’s handful of a mother.

“Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show’s stellar ratings,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re thrilled that Rizzoli & Isles will continue to be a vital part of the TNT lineup.”

Rizzoli & Isles comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro of Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions. Michael Katleman also serves as an executive producer.

After premiering in 2010 with basic cable’s biggest ad-supported series launch ever, Rizzoli & Isles went on to average a record 8.8 million viewers in its first season and more than 8.4 million in its second. Moving to a new night this summer, the show has averaged 7.1 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, with the season premiere climbing to 8 million viewers in Live + 7. The show ranks as summer’s top returning scripted series on basic cable in total viewers. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles has averaged 2 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3, with 2.5 million adults 25-54.

Rizzoli & Isles has earned two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, one for Tamaro as writer/executive producer and a second to Harmon for her performance as Jane Rizzoli. Tamaro has also earned a Women’s Image Network (WIN) Award and Prevention magazine’s Healthy TV Award for her work on the show.

About TNT

TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Rizzoli & Isles has been renewed once again? How long do you think that this TV series should run?

 

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Grandizer January 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

You know, I did not like the first season so much, I was tired of know it all people in the police dept, think the awful L&O CI, I hate that guy… Or the know it all partner, in this case the I in R & I.

But it grew on me, and I now like it pretty much.

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Brenda December 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

NO!!!!!! The great show Leverage is cancelled and this NOT!!!!!!!!!!

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Diane December 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

OMG are you kidding, alls I can say is HOT! HOT! HOT!, Hell yeah I glad to hear a fourth season, keepum coming Ladies, you are both Hot. I will Audition for a fith season, that’s if you need a realistic person to play a role with both R&I.

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Lisa November 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Great show. Started watching just recently & enjoyed it so much I went out & bought the first season so I could see from the beginning since I didn’t have cable at that time. Keep them coming, much much better than reality shows!!!!! Got a devoted viewer here.

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Lisa November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Great show. Started watching just recently & enjoyed it so much I went out & bought the first season so I coughs see from the beginning

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ila September 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

I think this is a perfectly balanced police drama: intelligent, smart, funny, entertaining, moving, cozy, definitely a keeper!!! hopefully it’ll run for the next 5 years :)

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RENEE September 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

GREAT SHOW. LOVE WATCHING IT. IT’S MY FAVORITE SHOW. BECAUSE IT IS SERIOUS BUT FUNNY. THANKS FOR GIVING US A LAUGH AND TO INSPIRES ME TO HAVE FUN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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jjcapecod September 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

EXCELLENT NEWS!

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grumphy September 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is one of the four shows i watch every week, and I have purchased the first two seasons and watch them when there is nothing any good on TV, which is about every night.

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Gloria Jennings August 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I love this show and the chemistry of the two. I hope it runs for a long time. Much better than stupid reality shows.

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Jessssica July 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I hope it runs forever lol. I love this show

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Maria July 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I believe this show should run as long as NCIS. I look forward to seeing the show every week when it’s on. The performers and story lines are excellent. Like the occassional humorous lines.

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Jeremy Rynek July 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I would love to see a dead Kate Todd come back on NCIS, I think it would be entertaining, or even a flashback episode, I know it’ll happen sooner or later, with the ratings that show is getting, they are gonna run out of ideas sooner or later, so they’ll do it.

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James July 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’m very pleased that R&I has been renewed for a fourth season! The show dynamics are a perfect balance of drama and comedy. Excellent dialog between the actors makes the show a must see.

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Mikayla June 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I think that Rizzoli and Isles should run for as ever long as it possibly can. I love this show so much and if it’s around forever I’ll be perfectly okay with that :D the fact that it’s renewed for a fourth season makes me EXTREMELY HAPPY!! :D

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Jeremy Rynek June 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

At least 8 seasons, then we’ll know this should have been the lead in for the closer in 2010 and 2011.

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