Rizzoli-Isles-cancelled-renewed-tnt-season-fiveThe whole summer drama lineup from TNT is coming back. It was expected, as it is as solid as TV gets, but now the official confirmation is welcomed. TNT has renewed Rizzoli & Isles for season five, pairing the renewal with the ones for Perception and Major Crimes, and joining the early renewal of Falling Skies.

TNT has ordered a fifth season of its blockbuster drama Rizzoli & Isles. Ranking as basic cable’s #1 series for the summer-to-date, Rizzoli & Isles has averaged 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an increase of +6% over last season. Rizzoli & Isles is drawing 2.9 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7 and 2.3 million adults 18-49, ranking as one of basic cable’s Top 5 dramas with both key demos. Rizzoli & Isles will end its summer run on Sept. 10, returning in early 2014 for the second half of its fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the fifth season, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.

Consistently ranking as one of basic cable’s top dramas, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon is 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, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Brian Goodman, Jordan Bridges and Lee Thompson Young, with Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco.

Rizzoli & Isles was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. The series is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Tamaro, Haber and Michael Katleman serving as executive producers.

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