TNT Orders Sixth Season of Rizzoli & Isles

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TNT has ordered an 18-episode sixth season of their hit “Rizzoli & Isles,” which finished this past summer as basic cable’s #1 series. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the drama, which is set to return with new episodes in early 2015.

Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen and developed for television by Janet Tamaro, “Rizzoli & Isles” stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and 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, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.

“Rizzoli & Isles” also stars Jordan Bridges as Jane’s brother, Detective Frankie Rizzoli Jr.; Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s steady old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Idara Victor as crime-scene analyst Nina Holiday; and Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane’s meddling mother.

Airing since 2010, “Rizzoli & Isles” is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Haber and showrunner Jan Nash serving as executive producers. Including live viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand, the summer run of “Rizzoli & Isles” reached a total of 13.6 million viewers per episode.