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TNT has renewed “Rizzoli & Isles” for a sixth season targeted to air next summer.

The Warner Horizon TV procedural has been a top 5 cable series throughout its run to date. But despite strong ratings the renewal was not a given at at time when TNT is looking to overhaul its programming profile to bring more edge to its original series.

TNT has ordered 18 episodes for season six. The show’s fifth season is set to bow early next year.

“Rizzoli” stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as a Boston police detective and medical examiner who partner on cases. Jan Nash is exec producer and showrunner with Bill Haber for Ostar Prods. It’s based on the series of crime novels by Tess Gerritsen.