Did anyone besides me watch the premier of the new TNT show “Rizzoli and Isle” last night? I didn’t know anything about it until I caught the previews during “The Closer.” (I have loved Kyra Sedgwick since she told off Dennis Quaid's character as sassy Emma Rae in “Something To Talk About.")
The time record on my DVR carried over a minute or two into the next show, which means I saw the opening sequence. I planned to change the channel, I mean really, how many series about homicide detectives does one network need? But, stuck around to see how Angie Harmon (think Baywatch and Law & Order) as Boston Det. Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, played by Sasha Alexander. (I first remember seeing Alexander first as Pacey Witter’s older sister Gretchen in “Dawson’s Creek.”)
And I’ll admit, the guest appearance Billy Burke as a fed and supporting cast of Bruce McGill as Rizzoli’s former partner, Det. Vince Korsak, and Jordan Bridges as Rizzoli’s brother, Frankie Rizzoli Jr., kept me in front of the tube. All of these guys have multiple TV and movie roles to their credit, which generally means they show will either really shine or be a colossal flop.
Of course, seeing Harmon get a bloody nose right off the bat didn’t hurt for getting my attention either. With “Saving Grace” over (so disappointed in that finale), if figured I’d give “Rizzoli and Isles” a try.
The first episode, “See one. Do one. Teach One,” finds Rizzoli investigating murders that seem to mimic those committed by a man she helped put in prison. Apparently, before he was caught, Rizzoli was one of his victim, narrowly escaping with her life.
Still in prison, how could the murders still be happening? A copy cat maybe? Apparently, the killer lived by his motto, the episode title, and taught someone else to perpetrate the murders in the same manner. As is often the case with TV serial killers, it’s all a game to the murder, who manages to escape custody and comes after the cop who put him there and finish up the game.
While Burke continues to show up at crimes scenes, Rizzoli has no clue why the FBI agent is there. Isles knows but isn’t telling; she’s sworn not to. Both women, different as night and day, seems to have a small crush on Burke’s character. At the end of the day, Rizzoli does her thing, which isn’t necessarily standard operating procedure, confront Burke which eventually helps turn up the definitive connection between the escaped killer and his apprentice.
Overall, the show was OK; somewhat predictable, but engaging. Have to wonder though, if they put all the punch in the first episode, where can the show possible go from there? They’re down for seven episodes. Guess I’ll stick around and find out — at least for another week. If this accomplished cast can’t pull it off, I’ll use the time to catch up on “General Hospital.” (Hey, I’m only a a month and a half behind on that show now!)
“Rizzoli and Isles” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on TNT, and is repeated several times throughout the week just in case ya miss it the first time around.
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