A Refresher Course on “Rizzoli & Isles”

The time between TV seasons is long and it’s easy to forget things.  I’m here to refresh your memory on TV shows before they premiere so you don’t have to. Next up is the second season of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” which premieres tomorrow at 10pm.

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander return as police officer Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, respectively.

Throughout the season, we got some insight into these women, especially Jane’s horrific past encounter with Michael Massee‘s uber-creepy serial killer Charles Hoyt. He was fantastic in the role, and I hope we get a few more appearances this season.

The premiere will pick up after the stellar finale, in which the police precinct was invaded by gunmen and Jane was take hostage by a dirty cop.  There  will certainly be some fallout after Jane’s brother Frankie (Jordan Bridges) experienced near death from a gunshot wound in the line of duty and Jane shot herself in order to stop the man holding her at gunpoint.

Watch for the arrival of Jane’s delinquent brother Tommy, played by Colin Egglesfield (The CW‘s Melrose Place, Something Borrowed), freshly released from prison after hitting a priest in a crosswalk while under the influence.

Jacqueline Bisset will also star as Maura’s mother, Constance, hopefully giving more insight into Maura’s past. We already saw Maura discover the true identity of her father, an Irish mob boss, in one of last season’s episodes.

Here’s hoping for more witty banter and more love interests for my favorite Boston crime solvers, as well as more screen time for supporting cast members such as fresh recruit Barry Frost (Lee Thompson Young) and veteran cop Korsak (Bruce McGill).

That wraps up this class period. Check out the next installment of A Refresher Course, coming soon.

Source: TNT


A Refresher Course on “The Closer”

The time between TV seasons is long and it’s easy to forget things.  I’m here to refresh your memory on TV shows before they premiere so you don’t have to. First up, TNT’s “The Closer,” whose final season begins tomorrow at 9pm.

Last season featured several major changes for Kyra Sedgwick‘s Brenda Leigh Johnson, beginning with a new state-of-the-art building.  One season-long arc revolved around the search for a new Chief of Police.

J.K. Simmons‘s Pope threw his hat in the ring, only to be stunned to find out that Brenda was in the running as well. Despite all of the tension these internal politics created, neither of them got the job, which ultimately went to guest star Courtney B. Vance‘s Tommy Delk.

Also, we saw more of Internal Affairs Captain Sharon Rador, played by “Battlestar Galactica”‘s Mary McDonnell, who we will most certainly be seeing more of this season to set up the spinoff “Major Crimes”.

The season finale was pretty much a standard procedural episode, but there were a few interesting developments, namely husband and FBI agent Fritz (played by Jon Tenney) finally giving Brenda more insight into his past as an alcoholic.

The 7th season will deal with the aftermath of one of last season’s episodes in which Brenda left a gang member unprotected, knowing he would be killed, and will feature an arc from “Lost”‘s Mark Pellegrino.

That wraps up this class period. Check out the next installment of A Refresher Course, coming soon.

Sources: TNT, Zap2It (1), The Chicago Sun-Times (1), The Hollywood Reporter (1)