TNT Orders Fourth Season of ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

Riding on the wings of another successful season, TNT is picking up popular police drama Rizzoli & Isles for a fourth season. The network has given the series a 15 episode order, which will be slated to air in 2013.

Actresses Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, which was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is 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. The series also stars Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill, Jordan Bridges, Brian Goodman and Lorraine Bracco.

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ debuted in 2010, becoming basic cable’s biggest ad-supported series launch ever and averaging a record 8.8 million viewers in its first season and 8.4 million viewers last season. The series moved to a new night this summer and has averaged 7.1 million viewers thus far. In addition to these stellar ratings, the series has earned two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, one for Tamaro as writer/executive producer and a second to Harmon for her performance as Jane Rizzoli. Tamaro has also earned a Women’s Image Network (WIN) Award and Prevention magazine’s Healthy TV Award for her work on the show.

The next new episode of the current season of ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ will air on Tuesday, July 3 on TNT at 9/8c.