Executive producer Jan Nash says she, the cast, and crew found out Rizzoli & Isles would be cancelled after its seventh season, when TNT‘s Kevin Reilly announced it during the TCA winter press tour. That said, the creative team was braced for the cancellation.
Nash tells TV Guide when the network only ordered 13 episodes of the seventh season, they started to catch on. This gave the writers time to plan for a Rizzoli & Isles seventh season finale that could serve as a TV series finale.
“We certainly had an inkling when they ordered 13 [episodes] rather than the usual 16 or 18,” Nash tells TVGuide.com. “We figured that might be the way this would play out. We designed Season 7 so that it could act as a series finale or just B story lines that we pull back on at the end to have them continue on. But I think with where we left off and what we already had planned work in our favor [going into the final season].”
The current season six arc will wrap up in the second episode of season seven. After that, Nash and crew will set their sights on the Rizzoli & Isles TV series finale. Here’s more from TV Guide:
We do have an idea of what we’re aimed at,” she says of the series finale. “The best idea wins, so if somebody has a better idea, then that’s what we’ll do. We have our 100th episode in the middle of the season, so we want to do a big, flashy 100th episode. There are a lot of opportunities to do fun things this year.”
“Fun” is the operative word for Season 7, as the cast and crew hope to end the show on a high note for their loyal fans. “I haven’t been here as long as some other people,” Nash, who joined in Season 5, says. “This is a very close-knit group. I think there’s a lot of gratitude for having been on such a long-running, successful show. I think we really just want to go out having a wonderful experience doing the work we love so much but also trying to make something the large and loyal audience of this show will enjoy. That has been our mantra. It’s hard to say goodbye. I’ve been on shows that have had long runs and it’s hard to come to [the] end of something, but it is certainly much more satisfying to be able to do it in a way where you can plan and feel like you got to service the characters properly.”
Are you a fan of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles TV show? Do you think that seven seasons is sufficient, or should TNT have renewed it for an eighth season. Sound off, in the comments.
TNT should be cancelled.
So few good, clean, exciting programs are on TV any more. This loss, Castle, and Bones are all leaving at lone and replaced with Trash and nudity. Guess kIll cancel my cable.
We love the show.have watched every season. Awesome cast, great stories. We are very disappointed in the cancellation. Hope the show can be saved. Everyone seems like friends that have become family…..viewers, too.
I love the show please put it on another channel, I love the writing & the cast. I look forward to Mondays.
Not sure if the producers really know what they’re doing. They say they want to “re-vamp” their line up but then cut the good shows & replace them w/ bad “reality ” shows; which have been done to the point where you can’t turn the TV on w/o it being shoved into you! They’re very unintelligent cheap shows, with practically no thought put into them & they don’t have to hire writers. Rizzoli and Isles is and could still be a wonderful show. From what I’ve read the two major stars don’t want it to end; so why ruin a… Read more »
Please don’t take off Rizzoli & Isles please put it on a different chnnel please angie and sasah make me laugh I love the whole cast I Am so sad why THEY NEED TOO major crimes it dumm really dumm
In my 65 plus years of watching TV, I have never ever loved an ensemble cast as much as I do the entire cast of Rizzoli and Isles. Does anyone know why TNT would cancel this series? The relationship between the characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles typifies the relationship that most of us would love to have with the friends in our lives. I would like to think that Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon have a similar friendship in real life.
Everyone can thank this idiot for getting the show cancelled. She went into a well oiled machine, a show that was unique, had 2 lead actors whose characters had wonderful chemistry. 4 seasons prior that where hugely successful for TNT. The show had a hook, the main 2 characters relationship with each other, it had been nurtured and shown in the forefront all 4 seasons, it was what the fans expected, it was what the fans desired. This complete idiot thought a procedural cop show like the other 100 out there was something she would prefer to do whether than… Read more »
I am very disappointed in this decision to cancel an excellent show that is entertaining, well acted and and have characters that one can relate to. Instead what we get are really dumb reality shows that focus on ridiculous and senseless bickering. Do we need to be entertained by watching others backbiting each other to gain attention? Why can’t we have intelligent shows that seeks to entertain with wit, comedy, characters with depth etc.
Keep the show. It was bad enough when another great series Longmire was cancelled!
It is discouraging to keep losing the shows on top so they can go “out on top.”
They build a loyal fan base and then execs decide that it is better for lower quality shows to take their place so they can leave on a high note.