It hasn't been a great thirty days for the cast, crew, and fans of TNT cop drama 'Rizzoli & Isles.' Mid-August began with the happy news that the show was being renewed for a 15-episode fifth season, but it's been all downhill from there. First, 29-year-old cast member Lee Thompson Young horrifically committed suicide. Then production on the series was shut down as a result. Now, series developer and showrunner Janet Tamaro has decided to step down. When it rains, it pours.
Tamaro released the following statement, explaining her departure: "This is what we all dream of getting to do,” Tamaro said . “And I got to do it for four phenomenal seasons. I’m at the top of my game, thanks in large part, to this unbelievable experience and show. It’s time to challenge myself and develop new projects. TNT and Warner Horizon have been a dream to work with, and I look forward to doing it again. The heartache for me will be leaving the day-to-day working relationship with an incredible cast and crew."
For the time being, Tamaro will remain with the series as a creative consultant, but that's obviously a much less influential position. 'Rizzoli & Isles' has (rather quietly) become the highest rated original series in the history of TNT, knocking previous record holder 'The Closer' off of its perch. In fact, R&I is second only to 'The Walking Dead' when it comes to best rated scripted series in the history of basic cable. Losing the guiding hand behind that success is definitely not a good thing for the show's future.
Will 'Rizzoli & Isles' maintain its current level of success without Janet Tamaro at the helm? Or are its days numbered?