Not sure what I expected from...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not sure what I expected from...

Updated 07/13/2010 – 11:16 am

...tonight's premiere of "Rizzoli & Isles," Cable TNT's updating of "Cagney & Lacey" with the all-important twist.

TNT has heavily promoted the show for the past two months, and since I've always found Angie Harmon a pleasing eye-full, and Sasha Alexander, late of "NCIS", not bad either, I took a look.

Mostly I was interested to see if Harmon's "Jane Rizzoli" was any less strident than her "ADA Abbie Carmichael" for three seasons on "Law & Order," or was that all the woman could bring to the table.

The good news is that "Jane" and "Abbie" have little in common... but not to worry, there's more than enough bad news to go around!

The aforementioned twist is that one of the girl dicks is actually a medical examiner (and fashionista) to incorporate into the series the "CSI" element that's played so well for the past 11 seasons.

This is where the well-dressed Ms. Alexander comes in, and the sad fact is that if the show's producers had spent the money on better scripts instead of her wardrobe, they'd've been way ahead of the game.

As with so many of the "original shows" on cable net­works like TNT and USA, it's "writing lite," i.e., it's awful.

(USA's "Burn Notice" gets away with any scripting deficiencies with its kinesiology and support casting of Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless, the third and most successful of the three actresses to play "Christine Cagney.")

I think TNT has only ordered seven episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles," which will get them through to Labor Day weekend.

I don't see anymore episodes being ordered to extend the run beyond that.


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