Author Tess Gerritsen’s TV Show Debut on TNT
by Emma Cunningham, Production Coordinator, Digital & Internet
Here at Harlequin, we get excited when good things happen to good authors. We are extremely proud of one of the members of the Harlequin family, Tess Gerritsen, for writing the Rizzoli & Isles crime thriller series for Ballantine Books, which was turned into a TV show that premiered last night on TNT.
In the premier episode, See One, Do One, Teach One, Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon , Women’s Murder Club’s Lindsay Boxer) and Medical Examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, NCIS’s Special Agent Kate Todd) teamed up to take on Charles Hoyt (aka Warren Hoyt in the novels), the villain of the first two books in the series, The Surgeon and The Apprentice. The TV show skips The Surgeon and jumps right into The Apprentice, where Hoyt is introduced as a former nemesis of Jane’s who has escaped jail to team up with a new killer whom he has taken on as an apprentice. With some gruesome scenes and strong characters, who are more personable than their novel counterparts, Rizzoli & Isles made a promising debut last night. Memorable characters such as Detective Barry Frost (Lee Thompson Young), Detective Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill) and FBI Agent Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke) all put in appearances in the show. Jane’s mom Angela is especially priceless, brought to life by Lorraine Bracco.
Here’s what people are saying:
“There’s something about Harmon that undeniably captures the archetypal image of the tough but lovely enforcer.” – Los Angeles Times
“I can tell you with all honesty that… I really liked this pilot episode.” – The Trades
Tess wrote eight books for MIRA, available now as anthologies. Check out: Never Say Die & Whistleblower, Presumed Guilty & Keeper of the Bride, and In Their Footsteps & Thief of Hearts, now available as ebooks from Harlequin!
In Their Footsteps & Thief of Hearts is also available in print.