Monday, July 25, 2011

Watch Rizzoli & Isles Season 2, Episode 3: Sailor Man. July 25,2011

The series' backstory is inspired by The Surgeon. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) was investigating a serial killer named Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee) some time before the series began. Hoyt, who was banned from medical school for fondling a corpse, used his vast medical knowledge to systematically torture and kill vulnerable women. Eventually, he captures Rizzoli and pins her to the floor with scalpels. As he prepares to cut Rizzoli's throat, her partner, Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill), shoots Hoyt and saves Rizzoli's life. Rizzoli reasons that, after seeing her so vulnerable, Korsak would never trust her as a partner.

The series pilot, "See One. Do One. Teach One", is largely based on The Apprentice. Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) investigate a killer with Hoyt's modus operandi, plus an interest in necrophilia. Rizzoli and Isles discover that the copycat was a soldier named John Stark (Brendan McCarthy) who met Hoyt in medical school, had his identity erased for CIA black operations, and mimicked Hoyt's MO in a killing spree during said operations. Meanwhile, Hoyt escapes from prison and rejoins his apprentice. They capture Rizzoli and attempt to kill her, but she manages to disarm them by tasing them and impaling Hoyt in the eye with a flare. She shoots the apprentice to death and, when Hoyt reaches for Rizzoli's gun, she shoots him through the hands, giving him injuries similar to the ones he gave her.

Hoyt returns eighteen months later through another apprentice, Lola (Scottie Thompson), in "I'm Your Boogie Man." Having murdered Lola's abusive husband two years earlier, Hoyt uses her Stockholm syndrome to his advantage, and uses her to stalk Rizzoli. Lola seduces and captures Frankie Rizzoli (Jordan Bridges) before tying Jane up. She plans to kidnap Jane until Hoyt can escape from prison, but Rizzoli manages to distract Lola long enough for Frankie to kill Lola with her own revolver.

The untitled project was on TNT's development slate as early as March 2008.[3] In October 2009, TNT placed a cast-contingent pilot order under the original title, Rizzoli.[4][5] The pilot script was written by Janet Tamaro.

Main casting announcements began in late October. Angie Harmon was the first actor cast, in the title role of police detective Jane Rizzoli.[6] Sasha Alexander came on board next to portray medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.[7] Bruce McGill signed as Rizzoli's former partner, Vince Korsak.[8] Her current partner, Barry Frost, is portrayed by Lee Thompson Young.[8] The role of Rizzoli's younger brother, Frankie, was filled by Jordan Bridges.[8] In mid-November, Lorraine Bracco signed on as Rizzoli's mom, Angela.[9] In early 2010 Billy Burke was announced as FBI agent Gabriel Dean.[10]

In late January, TNT green-lighted the pilot to series with the new title Rizzoli & Isles.[10][11] Ten episodes were ordered.[10] Reports in April stated that the show would premiere on July 12, 2010,[12] and this was confirmed by TNT at its 2010 cable upfront presentation in mid-May.[13] The series is produced in the Los Angeles area, with filming expected to take five months.[14][15]

Due to a sponsorship deal between MillerCoors and Turner Broadcasting for the summer 2010 season, the series included product placement for MGD 64, including billboards in the backgrounds of some scenes.[16][17] The first season was additionally sponsored by Vonage.

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