Angie Harmon, who played leading roles on Law & Order and Women's Murder Club, is returning to the crime-solving world as the title character in Rizzoli, a new TNT pilot based on Tess Gerritson's popular Jane Rizzoli mystery novels. The pilot, which comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, is being written by Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and executive-produced by Tamaro and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions (TNT's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM's upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). Michael M. Robin (TNT's The Closer) will direct and executive-produce the pilot.
"Angie Harmon is not only a terrific actress, but also a favorite of crime drama fans," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "She will bring a combination of toughness and sensitivity to the challenging lead role. We're thrilled to have Angie on board for what could be an outstanding addition to TNT's collection of strong female characters."
Harmon earned four consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as part of the ensemble cast of Law & Order, in which she played assistant district attorney Abbie Carmichael. Harmon also portrayed Detective Lindsay Boxer in Women's Murder Club. Harmon's other television series credits include guest appearances on Samantha Who?, Chuck, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as regular roles on C-16: FBI and Baywatch Nights. On the big screen, she co-starred in such movies as Fun with Dick and Jane, with Jim Carrey; Agent Cody Banks, with Frankie Muniz; End Game, with Cuba Gooding Jr.; Seraphim Falls, with Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson; and Lawn Dogs, with Sam Rockwell. In 2008, Harmon co-starred with Harry Connick Jr. in the acclaimed Lifetime movie Living Proof.
Tess Gerritson has written seven books featuring Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective. Rizzoli works closely on her cases with medical examiner Maura Isles, who will also be a part of the series. Additional casting will be announced soon.