TNT is brining back hit procedural Rizzoli & Isles. The Turner owned cable network has picked up the Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander fronted for a seventh season, after only six episodes of the eighteen episode sixth season have aired.
Notably, the network has only ordered 13 episodes for the show’s seventh season, down significantly from the order for its current season. Sources at the network have stated that the limited order is due to the early renewal and the fact that several cast members are not under contract for season seven. I’m also told the order could be increased further down the line (as the orders for Major Crimes have been for the past three seasons) and there is no truth to rumours that this will be the final season.
Based on Tess Gerritsen’s novels and developed for television by Janet Tamaro, Rizzoli & Isles revolves around Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and 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. The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill and Brian Goodman. Jan Nash will return as showrunner for season seven.
Rizzoli & Isles currently ranks as TNT’s highest rated drama and is still in growth in its sixth season. In live+same day terms the show has been pulling in north of 4 million viewers, but the show sees huge uplifts from DVR and online platforms, raising the average audience for the current season to more than 11 million viewers. Its ratings performance is only second to the historic performance of The Closer, which was a ratings juggernaut for TNT and helped establish their scripted brand under former network President Michael Wright.
This marks the first renewal for any of TNT’s Summer series, with the likes of Major Crimes, Murder In The First, The Last Ship and Proof all awaiting word on their respective fates. The early order for season seven also comes at a time when new network topper Kevin Reilly is looking to double the number of scripted series on TNT. Upcoming entries in the pipeline as part of said strategy include Public Morals and Agent X, as well as the new season of Sean Bean starrer Legends, which premieres this Fall