Sunday, July 10, 2011

Quick Look: "Rizzoli & Isles"

I have a weakness for Angie Harmon and police procedurals. It all started when I became addicted to reruns of Law & Order and Harmon's A.D.A. Abby Carmichael during one summer break. Harmon disappeared from the screen for a few years to become a housewife. After an ill-fated 2005 series, she returned to network television in 2008 with Women's Murder Club, based on a series of novels by James Patterson. Harmon played a San Francisco homicide detective who becomes friends three women: the medical examiner, the assistant district attorney and a reporter. Despite some early promise, the series did not survive its freshman year. In 2010 Harmon was once again on television, albeit on cable, with another procedural, Rizzoli & Isles.

Harmon stars as Jane Rizzoli, a Boston homicide detective who befriends the medical examiner, Maura Isles (played by Sasha Alexander). Rizzoli is a passionate detective and very headstrong, she is balanced by Dr. Isles' calm demeanor and strict adherence to the facts in evidence. The series also balances Rizzoli's family (her brother is a officer in the department, and her parents (played by Lorraine Bracco and Chaz Palmintieri)). Rizzoli's one-time partner Vince Korzak (Bruce McGill) and new partner Barry Frost (Lee Thompson Young) factor into the investigation, but the real story if the relationship between Rizzoli and Isles.

Rizzoli & Isles is in the vein of TNT's most successful series, The Closer. The two shows have little in common, but The Closer is much more deft at balancing comedy and drama and family relationships. There are times on Rizzoli & Isles when a traumatic event will occur (such as being held at gunpoint) and the show chooses not to deal with the characters' emotional consequences. Overall, Rizzoli & Isles is decent television but it is a weaker take on the procedural and viewers may be turned off by the often mediocre storytelling.

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