TNT renews Rizzoli & Isles for Season 3


The drama from Warner Horizon Television and starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander  is in the midst of a terrific second season that has it running neck-and-neck with The Closer as this year’s top basic cable series. TNT ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles for its third season, slated for launch in summer 2012.

The show’s second season will continue airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) through 9/12 and return to wrap up its second season with new episodes in November and December.

Rizzoli & Isles launched this summer with 8.6 million viewers, joining The Closer and Falling Skies in giving TNT three premieres with at least 8.0 million viewers, the first time a cable network has scored those kinds of numbers. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles are currently basic cable’s top two series YTD, with Falling Skies ranking as the top new series.

Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha 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 and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.