The series debut for Rizzoli and Isles on TNT looks like a winner. I don’t know how they’re doing it, but TNT keeps putting out more and more and better and better hour-long dramas. It doesn’t hurt that Angie Harmon is one of the leads on Rizzoli and Isles. She was arguably the most beautiful woman on television when she played the female ADA on Law and Order some ten years ago, and nothing’s changed since then. And Sasha Alexander, who plays the medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, ain’t no slouch when it comes to looks. Unless scripts falter down the road, this series should stick around for more than one season.
The other series on TNT we wouldn’t miss is The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick as the funny Brenda Lee Johnson. But the writers may be doing the show a disservice if they plan to continue with the slapstick humor. The series opener had the major case squad moving into their new digs in the multi-million dollar offices supported by Chief Pope. But their first case was treated with light-hearted attitudes as the squad stumbled around in their new surroundings. Not a good trend. I don’t mean it has to be deadly serious all the time, especially with the comic nature of Sedgewick’s character. But they shouldn’t rely on humor as the series’ centerpiece. Please don’t fail me, Brenda Lee.