‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Janet Tamaro
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“Rizzoli & Isles” creator Janet Tamaro is developing a new female police drama series for FoxVariety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.

Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing.

“Rizzoli & Isles” aired on TNT for seven seasons and 105 episodes, concluding in September 2016. It was based on the novel series by Tess Gerritsen. In addition to creating that series, Tamaro has also written for and produced shows like “Bones,” “Sleeper Cell,” and “CSI: New York.” She has also written episodes of “Lost” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Tamaro is repped by CAA.

This fall, Fox will launch several new series, including: “The Gifted,” which is set in Marvel’s “X-Men” universe; supernatural comedy “Ghosted” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott; and “The Orville,” a new “Star Trek”-inspired series from Seth MacFarlane. The network will also look to replicate their success with “Grease Live” by launching a new live musical event based on “A Christmas Story” this December.

The new Ryan Murphy drama “911,” comedy “LA to Vegas,” and a new installment of “The X-Files” are expected to launch at midseason.

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  1. Transplant west says:

    We NEED Patricia Arquette in a SERIOUS role. She kicked A** on CSI (I don’t like CSI, but had Arquette stayed I might have) She was so awesome I was shocked. Strong story line with her as FBI agent. Just sayin.

  2. Jake says:

    The same old stuff all over again. The woman has no imagination or talent. And if Janet Tamaro has complete control over it it is doomed from the beginning. All the episodes she wrote for other shows were awful. Rizzoli & Isles had great potential but her writing was laughable. It was like a kids show and not a drama. The crimes were ridiculous. That goes for her writing on Bones too.

  3. Ann Payton says:

    This Show sounds very, very promising as long as JT has total control…completely!!
    I look forward to it! #thumbsup

  4. Resi-lazy says:

    If Janet has total control over this tv show myabe it could work out. There were so much macho male interference in R&I that it became comical and untrue to the former seasons (suddenly Maura wasn’t so socially awkward anymore, Jane was Angie etc). Correct me if I’m wrong but do we really got see lesbians/bi as the star protagonists?

  5. Kirk says:

    I was just thinking that what TV really needs is another show about cops. Such a rare concept.

  6. Todd says:

    Same old, same old. She keeps desperately trying to recreate Cagney & Lacey but she just doesn’t have any talent

  7. Carl says:

    The plot doesn’t say much. Her run on R&I and Bones was awful. She’s not a good writer. She had great casts to work with and yet she failed.

  8. Mark Calki says:

    Her rendering of Rizzoli & Isles and Bones, were pale compared to the sources, despite great casts in both. Maybe she can write more faithfully than she reads.

  9. Virginia Alexander says:

    We miss Rizzoli & Isles sooo much!! We watch the reruns all the time!
    I hope this new one is as good and not “slutty.

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