'Rizzoli & Isles' Showrunner Stepping Down


Rizzoli & Isles


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?

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Written by: msd85
Sep 14th, 2013, 1:53 pm

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Can't Wait

Message Posted On Sep 16th, 2013, 9:36 am
Why are all the wrong people leaving this show, the annoying/overbearing mother character needs to be killed off ( Rizzoli is a homicide detective so it would make a great storyline) as she brings nothing to the show and is the only reason I want to turn it off at times. AS for Tamaro leaving, so what, she has laid the ground work and the characters are fully developed that the show will continue without her and fresh ideas and direction will only improve the next series.
"______" &

Message Posted On Sep 15th, 2013, 5:05 pm
The only reason it's been getting the ratings it has is because of a lack of competition during the summer months. It's the same reason why "Under the Dome" is doing so "well." If it were on Tuesday 9pm in October or January it would've been cancelled in one season. It's just another one of those _______ & ________ shows or their clones - formulaic, predictable and repetitive. Angie Harmon is the only thing worth watching on the show and would be better off doing something else, and Janet Tamaro must've thought this was equally true for herself. I expect to catch some flack for criticizing the show so soon after the suicide, but I mean no disrespect to his memory, and the show deserves it.
Tough TImes Ahead

Message Posted On Sep 15th, 2013, 12:04 am
She was the voice of the show in every way, and it's a hit because of the way her ideas are brought forth by these actors (who she chose). The cast should be as worried as the network -- this kind of massive change is never easy or smooth. Their best chance is if she stays involved to help them.
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