Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My thoughts on Rizzoli & Isles season 5 premiere

[This review was written the day after the season premiere but was accidentally left in drafts rather than posted.]

Season 5 of Rizzoli & Isles premiered last night and before the episode was over #RizzoliandIsles was trending on Twitter. The writers, along with star Sasha Alexander were all tweeting live from the writers room. (Check out the picture gallery for some of the pictures they posted.) The ratings surprised me a little. Turns out the live ratings were lower than last season by almost a point. Season 4 was getting around a 6.8 and episode 501 received a 5.8. That doesn't include later 7 day viewings nor DVR recordings.

As to the episode itself - I enjoyed it. I thought the ratio of personal to case was good, and I actually followed the case with interest. Those who have read my past reviews know that I've always felt the weakest part of this series has been the crimes themselves. Last night I think they did good. If this is a sign of the future of this show under new showrunner Jan Nash then I'm happy about the change so far.

This site has rizzles in the title, and for those who may not know what that stands for it's the term used for those who see the subtext in Jane and Maura's relationship - that maybe they're more than friends. I have to be honest, I no longer look for, nor see much of rizzles going on. We all knew they were never going to get together. These are two straight friends who love each other like family. With the events in this episode and some spoilers I've read about things coming up the subtext is very much going underground this season. What surprises me is that I'm okay with that. I'd rather watch a good crime drama then have continued on the path this show was on. I'm not saying it was bad, but I know to a lot of fans like myself Rizzoli & Isles had gone from a show that we all talked about and watched together and loved, to just another show on television. Something had happened between the third and fourth season. For me personally I can't put my finger on exactly what it was but it showed in my waning dedication to my website and blogs.

I watched last night's episode twice. That says a lot. Season four I only watched the episodes once. Compare that to season one and two when I watched the episodes four to five times each. I'm hoping last night is a sign of my passion for this show coming back. Truth be told, I missed it.

SPOILERS

So Jane really is pregnant and is going to have a baby. Interestingly, Angie Harmon has wanted that for Jane. I don't see a problem, I just hope Casey falls by the way side. He has proven not to be relationship material.

I felt that they handled the death of Det. Frost very well. I'm sure next weeks episode will pay tribute to not only the character but the actor who portrayed him, Lee Thompson Young. From the previews tissues will be required.

Family opens up about actor Lee Thompson Young's suicide

Family breaks silence on actor Lee Thompson Young's suicide

[Excerpts]

After almost a year of silence, the family of Columbia-born actor Lee Thompson Young is opening up about his tragic death, and spreading the word about a foundation they've founded to help others who struggle with mental illness.

According to University of South Carolina psychiatrist Dr. Ashley Jones, Young's diagnosis isn't uncommon. In fact, 2.6 percent of American adults are affected by bipolar disorder.
"It's very different than the normal ups and downs we have during the day," Jones said. "The depressive episodes last about two weeks. And with that, we see depression, hopelessness, sadness. Then there's a mania. They could be euphoric or grandiose with high self-esteem."
With medication and therapy, Young continued on his road to success and the roles got bigger. By the age of 29, he was a regular on another popular television show, 'Rizzoli and Isles.' In August 2013, something changed.

[Read the full article]





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SPOILERS Season 5 of Rizzoli & Isles

There are loads of spoilers out there for season 5 of Rizzoli & Isles and we've compiled a list of some of them. We'll be updating as more and more spoilers become available.




SPOILERS ALERT!

If you don't want to know what's going to happen don't read any further.

Episode 1 "A New Day"

  • We won't find out about Frost's death until the end of the episode. It will be a car accident.
  • Jane is pregnant.

Episode 2 "Goodbye"

  • As the title suggests, the service for Frost takes place in this episode.
  • Jane delivers the eulogy.

More SPOILERS:


  • Maura meets a professor and begins to fall for him in Episode 5
  • Tommy Rizzoli will be back for at least one episode.
  • Susie Chang will be in quite a few episodes.
  • Jane will possibly get a new partner by episode 8.


Source: The internet

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SPOILERS: Last 4 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles Season 4















  • Paddy Doyle asks Maura to let her biological grandfather, Patrick Doyle Sr., temporarily stay at her house.
  • Casey is made a colonel and gives Jane an ultimatum - He will re-enlist unless Jane married him. It's believed that's how the season ends.
  • Jane and Maura get massages in episode 5x13.
  • Tommy Rizzoli and Frank Rizzoli Sr. will appear in 5x14. Tommy is also in episodes 15 & 16.
  • Hope tries to make amends with Maura.
  • Tommy announces some big plans - an engagement.
  • Frankie sustains an injury and ends up getting closer to Maura.
  • Lee Thompson Young's stand-in and body double is featured in the final episode. (via Nanci Cascio)
  • Tommy starts slipping back into old bad habits and fights with Frankie.
  • Jane reveals some shocking news. (Possibly engagement to Casey.)
     
Source: All around the internet.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sasha Alexander social media ambassador for Screen Actors Guild Awards

Sasha Alexander is the social media ambassador for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards®! She'll reveal the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on December 11th.



Monday, November 18, 2013

New Showrunner hired for Rizzoli & Isles

New Showrunner hired for Rizzoli & Isles, Jan Nash is replacing Janet Tamaro who left after season 4. Also, Lee Thompson Young's death will be handled in the first episode of season 5.

In the article below it states that Rizzoli & Isles is the #1 show for TNT, and it's second only to The Walking Dead for scripted series in the history of ad-supported cable television. Not bad, ladies. :)






Source: www.deadline.com

By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 10:58am PST
EXCLUSIVE: Jan Nash is joining TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles as executive producer/showrunner. She will succeed creator/executive producer Janet Tamaro, who stepped down as showrunner in September, right after the series wrapped production on Season 4. One of the first orders of business for Nash and her writing team will be dealing with the death of Rizzoli & Isles co-star Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide in August during the filming of the second-to-last episode of Season 4. His death was not addressed in the final episodes of Season 4 and will be dealt with at the opening of Season 5. Rizzoli & Isles is TNT’s No. 1 show of all time and the No. 2 scripted series in the history of ad-supported cable television, behind only AMC’s The Walking Dead. The series reunites Nash with Warner Bros TV and its cable division Warner Horizon. She previously worked with the studio on another TNT drama series, Memphis Beat, as well as CBS procedural Without A Trace. Nash, repped by WME, started her career on the ABC comedy Ellen.