Veteran TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, now airing its sixth season, has been renewed for Season 7 with a 13-episode order to air next summer. Stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander tweeted the news this afternoon.
Rizzoli & Isles, toplined by Harmon and Alexander, launched as part of TNT’s previous strategy that focused on crime procedurals to complement the network’s well performing off-network acquisitions like Law & Order. It was a breakout hit and remains a top performer for the network, especially in total viewers. Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable’s No. 1 summer series last year and currently occupies the top spot this summer. Overall, the sixth season of Rizzoli & Isles is reaching an average of 11.1 million viewers per episode across TNT’s on-demand, digital and mobile platforms.
Under new Turner boss Kevin Reilly, TNT has been moving toward edgier, darker drama fare, with only a few of the network’s old shows staying on. The 13-episode Season 7 order for Rizzoli & Isles is the smallest for the drama since its 10-episode freshman run.
Rizzoli & Isles is produced by Warner Horizon Television, with Bill Haber and showrunner Jan Nash serving as executive producers. Nash replaced creator Janet Tamaro as showrunner in 2013.