Release News: “Rizzoli & Isles” The Complete First Season

TNT has had a slew of hits in the past few years with The Closer and Leverage, and now they have another with Rizzoli & Isles that stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The DVD set comes out on June 28th with a slew of bonus features. Take a look at the press release and cover art:




Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season
Will Include All 10 Episodes from the Show’s Debut Season
and Exclusive Bonus Material

BURBANK, CA (March 7, 2011) – Boston’s most baffling and complex homicides are no match for Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles, the dynamic female investigative duo featured in Warner Home Video’s (WHV) DVD release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season. Available in stores June 28, 2011, the DVD features all 10 exciting one-hour episodes from the cable television series’ smash-hit premiere season, and exclusive bonus material including two all-new featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The release is timed to the series’ second season premiere on TNT. Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season will retail for $39.98 SRP.

Based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles was developed by writer and former crime reporter Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost), who serves as executive producer. The series is a smart, tough, and edgy new police drama with a playful yet compelling angle. An instant hit with television viewers, the series premiere set a record for the most watched ad-supported cable debut of all time with 7.6 million viewers and was ranked #1 series for the night on basic cable with adults 25-54 (Nielsen 7/12/10; Rank against basic and pay cable, excluding sports and news). The series continued to generate exceptional ratings after its premiere and became last summer’s break-out hit (in persons P2+, first four episodes only).

Rizzoli & Isles stars fan favorite Angie Harmon (Law & Order) as the combative, working-class Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) as the cool, cerebral medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. Jane, the only female detective in Boston’s homicide division, is a headstrong, tough-as-nails and fearless cop who never lets her guard down. Maura, on the other hand, is a medical examiner and forensic expert, who is more comfortable among the dead than the living. She’s quirky, endearing and exceptional at her job but somewhat socially awkward due to her tendency towards being brutally honest. The two women often find themselves working together, using their brilliant minds and complementary expertise to solve crimes. Despite their differences, they are the closest of friends and always have each other’s backs as they investigate their city’s grittiest and most puzzling homicides, while busting some of Boston’s most notorious criminals along the way.

The high-caliber supporting cast includes Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) as Angela, Jane’s demanding and overprotective mom; Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) as Detective Barry Frost, Jane’s partner; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s former partner; and Jordan Bridges (Mona Lisa Smile) as Jane’s brother Frankie, a patrol cop with aspirations of becoming a detective.

Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Hurdler Productions and Ostar Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The series is executive produced by Tamaro, Bill Haber (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King) and Joel Fields (Ugly Betty).

“The exceptional female leads in Rizzoli & Isles share a wonderful chemistry and camaraderie, making this series a true standout among police procedurals,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “The show’s record-breaking ratings prove Rizzoli & Isles is a hit with viewers and is quickly establishing itself as a favorite in the cop show genre. We are excited to release it on DVD and expect it will be well received by consumers.”

Arresting DVD Special Features Include:

  • Rizzoli & Isles: A Procedural Adaptation – A candid look at the origins and wit of this female-driven procedural drama.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: In a Class by Themselves – Explores how intuition and cognition were braided together to create one of the most compelling female relationships on television.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

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