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TNT renews ‘The Closer,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ and ‘Leverage’

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in "Rizzoli and Isles," which gets 13 more episodes in 2011

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in "Rizzoli and Isles," which gets 13 more episodes in 2011

In a no-brainer move, Atlanta-based TNT has renewed three of its most popular series: “The Closer,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Leverage.”

“Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, has been a surprise breakout hit, averaging 7.1 million viewers per week. Sure, it’s only three episodes in, but TNT obviously sees enough staying power for this crime drama to give it another year. This series, based on books written by Tess Gerritsen, balances lighthearted banter with criminal procedural drama that is compatible with “The Closer.” In fact, it was the first show to ever draw more viewers following “The Closer.” (Already nixed shows such as “Saving Grace” and “Raising the Bar” failed to do that.)

TNT has committed 13 episodes of “Rizzoli & Isles” in 2011 after 10 for season one.

Kyra Sedgwick’s “The Closer,” TNT’s first huge scripted hit series since it started promoting itself as the “drama” network, is now guaranteed a seventh season. It consistently draws 7 million viewers a week for its first run Monday nights and despite its age, has yet to show signs of wear. In fact, its ratings are up over 2008.

The caper series “Leverage” starring Timothy Hutton will get a fourth season. It pulled in nearly four million viewers July 18 and July 25.

Both “The Closer” and “Leverage” will get 15 more episodes in 2011.

No word yet on the future of “Memphis Beat,” which has dropped to a relatively mediocre 3 million viewers a week after a strong start, or “Hawthorne,” which is doing a little bit worse.

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24 comments Add your comment

Michael

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

Seriously? They renewed that cr@pfest with Angie Harmon? I hope she’s taking some acting lessons in the interim.

Hannah

July 30th, 2010
8:56 pm

I LOVE Rizzoli and Isles!!

KimZ'sPackage

July 30th, 2010
9:30 pm

R7I is floating on the Closer for sure. I like the 2 actors from their time on L&O and NCIS, but so far the show really doesn’t have me. I have watched to see it if gets better, but if it moves from it spot I think it will die.

dRAMA

July 30th, 2010
9:40 pm

hey any word on ’southland’ yet? that’s my favorite show

jazzcatjt

July 30th, 2010
10:38 pm

I love Rizzoli and Isles and so glad it got renewed, but Memphis Beat is doing bad in the ratings? I love that show. Jason Lee is great and Hawthorne is another great drama. Jada Pinkett-Smith rocks as Christina Hawthorne.

Rodney Ho

July 31st, 2010
11:49 am

Southland is coming back in January.

FLAWoodLayer

July 31st, 2010
6:47 pm

What about “Men Of A Certain Age”?

Rodney Ho

July 31st, 2010
7:02 pm

It’s coming back, either later this year or early next year.

Pennski

August 1st, 2010
10:35 am

Hawthorne is one of the worst shows on TV… My wife watches it and it makes me want to go to sleep.

Deanna

August 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

“Memphis Beat” has really grown on me. Hope it gets another season.

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August 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

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sharecropper

August 1st, 2010
4:42 pm

Well, good for “Closer,” I suppose. But do you think there is any chance the directors will knock off the smarmy over-acting by its cast, particularly Sedgwick, who apparently thinks her character reflects southern women? God, it is suffocating and gratuitous to have to endure her accent, facial expressions, constant Soprano-like eating reflected in the candy, and the god-awful “Thank you very much” smirk she cannot seem to shake. It easily is the most over-acted show on TV.

TVGuy

August 1st, 2010
6:46 pm

Men of a Certain Age is a fantastic show! The second season debuts on Nov 29……

Tony

August 1st, 2010
7:25 pm

The Closer is an excellent show and I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. I expect it to last a few more seasons and then shut down from production and cast salary costs. I guess the hyperbole on Brenda’s southern accent is supposed to contrast against her sharp intellect and lull everybody in L.A. into thinking they’re dealing with a yokel. Rizzoli & Isles is still trying to find its legs and has nice eye candy but the social ineptness of these women is annoying. Hawthorne takes an effort to watch with Jada Pinkett Smith the only cast member with any sense and/or compassion and knows medicine better than the doctors. It seems like a floodlight should follow her everywhere on the set. It would be a better show if the director would allow the other characters to develop and not have Hawthorne as the only three-dimenisional character.

old teach

August 1st, 2010
7:37 pm

@sharecropper:
Where I guess that it paints a different picture of the southern belle, I like the quirky overacting in the cast. Actually I think the anchor is G W Bailey’s character. I’m glad they renewed it, and I hope the writers don’t get too carried away with “message scripts” this year. As far as Rizzolli and Isles is concerned, it seems to be Angie Harmon’s show. (I’d like to see them work together more, though.) And I’m glad they got rid of her boss. So a new, tough, older police superior is needed for her to rail against. She also needs a building super for a quirky character, too. She needs to be more of a rebel, not just one-of-the-guys.

Kar

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

Pennski, I agree it’s a horrible show but it may help if you make it into a drinking game. Drink everytime a nurse is insulted, mentioned, belittled, saves the day or acts smarter than a doctor. Oh, and everytime she yells “I’m a nurse,” chug.

Norma

August 3rd, 2010
12:53 am

The closer… Get Fritz out of the office and away from her work. He is boring and so is their
relationship! I’ll stop watching soon if his role keeps growing!

marco

August 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

I agree with the earlier comment on Hawthorne — what a boring snoozefest… I don’t understand how Hawthorne got renewed when Raising the Bar got scratched — RtB was much more entertaining.

Megan

August 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

I have read all the books and am looking forward to watching the show. I hope they do the characters justice.

Lori

August 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

I can’t hardly sit through Rizzoli & Isles my mind wanders off and I find myself thinking about making a grocery list, I don’t think I have made it through a whole show. I really like Memphis Beat it is kinda campy and cliche’d but it is fun to watch, as for HawthoRNe, snzzzzzzzzz!

Lori

August 12th, 2010
1:41 pm

Love Leverage except for Gina Bellman and wish they would do more shows focused on Flynn & Provenza on The Closer, they are hilarious!

Bernadette

August 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

My family Loves Memphis Beat…..it was a little slow getting started, but now it is great. Hope it will be renewed. Everyone that liked it, please let TNT know it.

Sam

August 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

I really hope that TNT decides to renew “Memphis Beat”, one of the few really pleasant surprises of this TV season. It’s quirky, fun to watch, and I think the chemistry between Jason Lee and Sam Hennings is excellent. And of course there’s D.J. Qualls as well. I’ve been with “Leverage” from the beginning and really like the show. Season 2 nearly lost me but the chemistry has gotten way better since then. I already knew that “Men of a Certain Age” was returning, and I’m very happy about that. “Rizzoli and Isles”, however, is just awful. Angie Harmon was awful when she was in “Law and Order” and unfortunately her over the top style of acting hasn’t gotten any better in the years since she left that show and “R & I” debuted. I’m not a big fan of “The Closer” either but I’d rather that that show than “Rizzoli and Isles” any day of the week.

TRUTHHURT

August 31st, 2010
7:16 am

Seriously, “Rizzoli” coming back. The entire cast can not act and the voice of Harmon irritating, makes me want to continue to clear my throat. Harmon couldn’t act when she was on Law & Order.