RIP Lee Thompson Young

ImageIf you haven’t already heard, Rizzoli & Isles‘ Lee Thompson Young was found dead this morning, after having taken his own life. It’s terribly sad, shocking news.

I found out after having received the statement from Janet Tamaro, executive producer of the show, in my inbox: We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace.

I can’t say this one didn’t shake me up a bit, given how much I enjoyed seeing him on this show and others. Yes, I remember him as the famous Jett Jackson. And from that point on, I would always pick him out of a lineup when he’d make random guest appearances, including in the penultimate season of Scrubs, which I happened to rewatch last week. I thoroughly enjoyed him on Rizzoli as well, chuckling when he was first introduced as the famous Jett Jackson vomited at the sight of yet another grisly crime.

But what else stings for me is that this particular actor was from my small hometown of Irmo, SC. While I never knew him, I’m seeing old teachers and classmates light up my Facebook feed with fondness and old memories. Clearly, this man struck a chord with those who knew him as an individual and as an actor, and he’ll be truly missed.

So long, Lee. You were too young, but you will be remembered by all those who spent time with you, on or off the screen.

*image courtesy of TNT

2010 Awards, Part 2

Alright. So you saw the first set, now let’s move on to more! More awards and more reader picks. Once again, if the award has an asterisk, it’s a Reader Pick, with or without my explanation. If they added one, it’s there! If they didn’t, well, that just leaves me to give a reason <malicious laugh>.

So here we go!

The 2010 Awards!
Part 2

Best Guy in a Suit: Neal Caffrey, White Collar. Step aside, Barney. There’s someone else suiting up now, and damn, he looks good.

Best Woman in Heels: Maura Isles, Rizzoli & Isles. This woman sure gets a lot done in four-inch heels and a pressed dress, even when dealing with dead bodies.

* Most Wasted Potential: Glee. It’s true. For a show with a huge fanbase and mad props for creating a new TV genre, they lost their way by focusing on huge guest stars and a big production instead of a cohesive storyline.

Least Necessary Procedural: Law & Order: CSI edition. Oh, is that not a real show? I thought it was. It’s on every night for two hours at least, right? And it airs on every network? Wait, these aren’t all the same show?

Most Ridiculous Premise for a Procedural: Castle. Ok, I know you fans out there must like it, but the idea that a successful novelist gets to spend his time on all these huge cases as a partner of a detective is rather incredible.

Worst Show We’re All Watching: The Office. Where did the funny go? It’s run its course, but we all still watch it. And most of us don’t know why.

Didn’t I Used to Be an Important Character? Award: Alaric, The Vampire Diaries. Well, it’s true, right? Now he’s arm candy, and occasionally says something smart from a book.

Best Vampire Teeth: The Vampire Diaries. With the eyes and the subtle teeth, yes, the vamps in TVD certainly get the prize.

Worst Vampire Teeth: True Blood. I haven’t tried to watch this series, solely because these teeth are so bad and look so fake. Plus, I hear they make a sound when they come out.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar on ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ tonight!

I must say, I miss my Raising the Bar team. That’s why I was so excited to see Teddy Sears on The Client List. I just miss them.

Well, if you’re like me, then tonight we’re in luck. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is guest starring on Rizzoli & Isles! That’s right, you can check him out back on TNT tonight at 10-9c.

Gosselaar plays Garrett Fairfield, a college boyfriend of Dr. Maura Isles. Garrett is the handsome middle son of a wealthy and powerful old Boston family who returns home to mourn the death of his oldest brother.  Garrett’s family is a member of the respected “Brahmins,” Boston’s oldest families, who trace their roots back to the landing of the Mayflower.  Between boyfriends and bodies, this means that we’re in for a treat.

Wow, that was morbid.

Anyway, that’s not all that he’s got in store for us. I was lucky enough to talk to Gosselaar on a conference call last week, where he chatted about his role on the show, his new show for next summer (Franklin & Bash–a lawyer comedy), and his upcoming appearance on Weeds!

It was a pretty quick call, but check out the highlights below. And don’t forget to watch Rizzoli & Isles tonight!

*****

On working with the girls of Rizzoli & Isles:

[W]orking with the two girls, it was great.  We had a relationship before I actually stepped foot on the set.  I know – I’ve known Angie for a while.  I met Sasha on our way to the upfront this year for TNT, and they’re lovely.  They’re great to work with.  I’m also friends with the writer who wrote the episode as well as the director who directed the episode, and then, of course, my relationship with TNT.  So it was a – it was fun environment to be a part of.

On being the guest star:

Well…it’s been a while.  I had fun and sometimes it’s a bit easier.  You just show up, do your work, and go home and you don’t really need to worry about anything else.  It was – it was nice, but like I said, it was a good environment to be a part of and definitely felt like some of the other sets that I’ve – that I’ve ran, they’re great, the two of them, and as well as the production was really strong.  So, yes, it was – it was painless.

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Q&A with Rizzoli & Isles’ Sasha Alexander

Looking for something new to watch on Monday nights? Well, TNT has a solution for you.

Their newest procedural drama, Rizzoli & Isles,  is based on characters created by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen and stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as a Boston detective and medical examiner, respectively, solving crimes and busting some pretty ugly criminals.

I was able to view an advanced screener of the first episode, and I must say, it was enjoyable. The first episode takes on a case that hits a little too close to home for Rizzoli (Harmon). It’s a little darker than I thought it would be, so beware, as it starts with a rather gruesome crime that leads Rizzoli right back to a serial killer–one she knows much too well. But the chemistry between Harmon and Alexander are undeniable, and their back-and-forth banter really balances the weight of the show out.

I was fortunate to take part in a call with Sasha Alexander. She was really such a fun person to listen to, and she had a lot of interesting things to say about the show, her character, and even what car she might buy.

Check out the Q&A below, and watch the series premiere tonight at 10/9c on TNT.

*****

Were you approached to be on this program and what made you want to be on it? – Starry Constellation Magazine

Well, what made me want to be on it was reading a really good script and being compelled and attracted to the characters.  I really – I really loved Maura Isles who was very fascinating to me.  I just – I was very compelled by a woman who would one choose this profession and one that was you know came – which we will learn to you know we will find out but came from a very you know highly educated wealthy background and could have chosen to do a lot of other things but has this kind of you know just this uber-feminine kind of modern woman mentality but works this job. There was something just intriguing about it.  And I also really loved the friendship between these two women and watching these two very different women working in this environment, on this kind of gritty male environment.  That was really the thing that you know that – the reason that I wanted to be a part of it. And as how I got to be a part of it you know I went in and met with the producer and I met with the director, Mike Robin that did the pilot, and read with them and then I did a read with Angie Harmon who was already cast.  And you know from the moment we read together, it just sort of clicked.  You know Michael Wright and TNT and the Warner Brothers people were there and they said we have a show.  So it’s kind of as easy as that.

Well, from the previews and everything, we see that you have great chemistry with Angie Harmon.  Was it instant when you guys began working together?  Did it take a bit of time for you all to gel?  I mean, it looks flawless.

You know what it was instant.  It really was.  We you know we never met before and we went in to do this read together and the moment that we read it you know we’re very – we have very different energies in real life and I think that that translates.  But the thing that we do have in common is you know I think it would be respect for each other and we both have the same sense of humor.  So we definitely can make each other laugh a lot.  And I think that those things you know they show on screen and look Angie is you know Angie is a beautiful and stunning woman. You know it’s not easy to you know to find a right person to go with her.  So I think that we both have really good qualities that kind of complement each other.  You know we both look very different and we have different energies but yet I think that it really works.  You know we’re lucky.  We actually, truly, when we do scenes together, I do feel like a certain click and a certain magic that I you know you can’t say always happens.

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