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Rizzoli & Isles
Tuesday, May 20 @ 8:00PM (ET)


Do you have a question about Rizzoli & Isles? Each week, show creator Janet Tamaro will answer questions from fans of the show, so become a fan of Rizzoli & Isles on Facebook and you'll be able to ask your questions and keep up with all things Jane and Maura.

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Question from Cathy Rostpotynski:
What can we expect to see this season? Anything new?

Janet's response:
By "this season," I think you might mean the winter season? If so, there are three more episodes that will complete Season 3 (the last episode airs December 25th. Yes, that would be Christmas Day. New stuff in all three. Plus we've started working on Season 4. We're getting excited about it because there will be both new and OLD stuff -- some stories we couldn't tell last year for various reasons will hopefully get told in Season 4. :-)

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Question from Marjorie Crouse:
How involved are you at the editing stage?

Janet's response:
Thanks for asking this question. The answer is "very." I do all of what is called "Post." Once the director has finished his or her "cut," (that means has had a chance to work with one of our very fine editors), the episode is turned over to me for the "Producer's Cut." Some episodes take longer than others in Post. Your eyes will glaze over if I start to try to explain why, however ...

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Question from Jessica Herron:
What was your favourite episode to write & which was your favourite to watch?

Janet's response:
NOOO!! Don't ask me these questions ... Do I have to pick? If you have a (paper) gun to my head, I'll probably tell you the Pilot was my favorite because it was in such a formative stage -- and you don't know as it's happening if it'll KEEP happening (i.e. you don't know if the network will "pick up" your script and shoot a pilot...and if they take that big step, you don't know if the pilot will be "ordered" to series).

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Question from Aimee C Siena:
I know that the show is based on characters from Tess Gerritsen's books, but was wondering if all the stories in the episodes were based on the author's books or are there original stories as well?

Janet's response:
Ah-ha. I think you should treat yourself to a read of at least one of Tess's books to answer this. They're wonderful. The only story that came from Tess's books was the one I used for the pilot.

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Question from Lisa Greenwood Crozier:
Yes, question ... when can I be on the show?

Janet's response:
You can be on the show: when you're a working actor or actress, have an agent, get a call from our casting director, come in and audition for him and his assistant, get asked to audition for me and for the director of the episode -- and you're PERFECT for the role. Wait, you're still not on the show -- not until both our Studio (Warner Horizon) and our network (TNT) "approve" you for the role. (I know -- that answer sucks, but don't give up. If you want to be an actor or actress, study and get training. Get good -- and you'll get noticed. But know ahead of time that it is a very tough life because there will be more "no-s" then "yes-es."

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