Rizzoli & Isles Showrunner to Exit Role

rizzoli-isles-showrunnerOne of Rizzoli & Isles‘ central ladies is stepping down.

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Janet Tamaro, who served as showrunner since the TNT drama’s premiere, will exit her role in advance of Season 5, according to Deadline. No replacement has been named.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tamaro is expected to stay on as a consultant.

“It’s time to challenge myself and develop new projects. TNT and Warner Horizon have been a dream to work with, and I look forward to doing it again,” Tamaro said in a statement. “The heartache for me will be leaving the day-to-day working relationship with an incredible cast and crew.”

Last month, TNT renewed Rizzoli & Isles for a 15-episode fifth season that will bow in Summer 2014. At that time, Season 4 ratings (factoring in Live+7 DVR playback) averaged 8.4 million viewers, 2.3 million of which were in the advertiser-attractive 18-49 demo. Rizzoli & Isles‘ final Season 4 episodes will air early next year.

The crime drama suffered a huge blow four days after its renewal when 29-year-old cast member Lee Thompson Young was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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  1. The Rookie says:

    Thanks Janet for your openness and kindness to fans. Wish you luck on your next projects. Hope R&I cast and crew can rest and recover in the hiatus from Lee’s tragedy and will be able to continue offer us a fantastic show for many years.

    • AshleyRae says:

      Same here at least she will remain on the show………… but just as an consultant.
      Good luck to her and hope the cast crew will heal their wounds with the lost of lee thompson young.

    • Rina says:

      Sorry about Janet , but what I’d like to know is why there were no expressions of sadness or sorrow by cast members about Lee’s death.

  2. theMicronian says:

    season 5?
    the killing is gone and this show keeps rolling.

    • Jaime says:

      Different networks, very different ratings… This show has nothing to do with The Killing being canceled.

    • Sarah says:

      Yeah, sorry I don’t get it either. Usually when someone mentions another show being canceled its because they’re mad and taking it out on another show. So that’s what people tend to think….

      • theMicronian says:

        @Brandy.. you are exactly right. One show is smart and well written. The other is Rizzoli & Isles.

        • Sarah says:

          Oh for the love of… So that WAS your point! You think The Killing is amazing and are bugged that it was canceled, while Rizzoli continues on. It doesn’t matter whether you’re referring to ratings or “quality” writing- the bottom line is that you’re ticked off at one show for continuing on when it has nothing to do with the other show being canceled- exactly what the original reply comment said. What a load of fuss for nothing.

          • theMicronian says:

            it’s going to be OK Sarah. Take a breath. Go outside. Feel the sun on your face. Then tell yourself it’s only a comment section. That everyone is allowed to say what they feel even if it doesn’t follow your narrow views.


  3. Mel says:

    I have a hard time watching Lee. I just keep looking at him to see if I can see anything wrong, but I know I can’t…it’s just so sad. Glad for the R&I renewal. Good luck to Janet. Hopefully she will develop something just as interesting and entertaining as R&I.

  4. cookie kirk says:

    I am glad for their renewal. And I hope that they will continue past season 4? This article sounds like that’s the final season? I hope I read it wrong. This is a great show and very fresh. The chemistry betw Angie and Sasha is wonderful. I know that they r going to have to deal w/Lee’s death somehow, and I know its going to be a tearjerker,just like Larry Hagmen’s death on Dallas. I pray for all affected. Best way to honor a past actor is to keep producing great work in Lees honor. Love ya guys!!!

    • Doug H says:

      I doubt they’ll kill off the character…. maybe he’ll have to leave town for some reason…

      . JR’s death on Dallas this past winter was more in keeping with the show and they kept the character alive for a long while before actually killing him ( actually, he had one of his henchmen kill him because of his cancer but had it pinned on Cliff)…

      • Zoe says:

        I don’t think it would be fair to anybody to have Frost just leave town; that kind of thing usually exists to leave the door open for future appearances. Sadly, that’s never going to happen. I think it’s better for all involved if Frost dies, too.

    • Brandy says:

      It was renewed for season five a while in August

  5. Carolyn Gay says:

    excuse my ignorance but what is a showrunner?

  6. Pat says:

    Like watching the show, but I have problems hearing Angie Harmon! it’s like she mumbles or something. Even my hubby asks me from time to time ‘what did she say’? We have to have the volume turned really high! Only thing I don’t like about the show.

  7. Marsha Hurst says:

    I love the show! I love the banter between Rizzoli& Maura. They are great friends off set, too and it shows. I have a hard time hearing so we always have the closed caption on, then I never miss anything and I’m not always asking what did they say. I was so shocked about Lee!! Bless his heart what was so wrong in his life that he couldn’t fix that he had to end his?? It is so sad to lose someone so very young!!

  8. Lorraine Pepper says:

    And yet another Actor taken at a young age. Lee was a great actor & I know it’s going to be hard not to watch him on screen when Season 5 starts back. Prayers to all affected!!

  9. killie13 says:

    Devistated to hear about Lee Thompson Young. My heart goes out to cast & crew but most importantly, his family. Still in season 4 here in Australia. Hard to believe he’s gone!!!

  10. Hay Angie this is Crystal I really hope that u and the crew will make more seasons Rizzoli and isles is the best show ever made and if u ever need a new member u can always ask me I really want 2 work along side Sasha and Angie.

    • Mel says:

      Hey Angie. This is Mel. You and the crew should make more episodes of R&I. It is the best show EVER! If you are looking to hire a new show runner or something, just ask me, don’t ask that hack Crystal. She doesn’t know anything about working in television.

      • I’m not a hack I’m a Rizzoli and Isles follower I’m wanting 2 make my dreams come true yea I may not have experience 2 work on television but it won’t hurt 2 try every sence Rizzoli and Isles started playing on tv I wanted 2 work 4 Angie and Sasha they mean the world 2 me if Rizzoli and Isles stopped playing on tv it will crush me if they can’t get past Lee’s death and they stop making seasons it will crush me and u making that comet Mel that hurt u don’t no me I can do it I can make it big in life if I put my goal and heart and soul in 2 it I can make my dreams come true and be able 2 meat Angie and Sasha I’m not a quiter I’m strong like Angie and Sasha.

  11. I really like 2 be an actress working along side Angie and Sasha it would be my dream come true please get in touch with me and I dont thank Lee killed himself I thank that it’s foul play and Angie and Sasha u can get through this u both r strong wemon and my favorite.

  12. I thank that I can work in television if I really studie up on it I hope that I can get a chance 2 live out my dream can u give me a chance Mel 2 work along side Angie and Sasha.

  13. Angie and Sasha is alsom and I would be honored 2 get the chance 2 meet Angie and Sasha working along side Angie and Sasha is my goal in life

  14. Angie this is Crystal againe I no that I don’t have experience being an actress but it my child hood dream can u help me with my goal in acting I’ll be honored 2 be able 2 work with u and Sasha I’d like 2 be able 2 become a friend can u give me the chance 2 get 2 no u and Sasha

  15. catiemeg says:

    I’m in the UK & love, love, love R&I, a great, refreshing drama with a little comedy, ongoing storylines & individual stories too, love the girls, love the boys, such an utter tragedy about Lee, if its true re his bipolar I can appreciate his story, I have it too & have been v close many times to what he did, so utterly sad. Keep going with many more series in his honour xxx

  16. nancy harnar says:

    Oh no Janet please reconsider u r one of the best writers, l lovethe show, the best show i have seen for a while, so desentnand no cussing, help please stay on!

  17. Marianne Marr says:

    One can never know why people take their life.We only see the person as a character and have no idea what their real life struggles are.Lee will be missed but now in his honor we need to enjoy whatever the next season brings . Marianne

  18. Kirrily says:

    I was just wondering when S5 will air in Australia as all/close to all of S4 has aired here in Australia??

  19. Have woman on person of interest take her place

  20. Deidra Buchanan says:

    I love this show please dont remove it. I never miss an episode.