Gem of a show left to gather dust in the wasteland of late-night TV
IF women are so important, why is Rizzoli & Isles on GEM at midnight? It may as well be midnight. It finishes, or will, I predict, after 11.30, and on a Tuesday that equates to a very late night to the age group this show’s pitching at.
I wonder if Nine isn’t shortchanging itself by a hundred thousand or so viewers here, shoving this into the middle of nowhere.
It’s a show that could bring an audience to the table — do something more than it is now for Nine, which is, I’m almost positive, not a lot.
If you look at all those other shows skewed, as they say, towards women, it has more going on than plenty of them.
I’msure there are reasons to do with demographics and making up the numbers and fill that Rizzoli & Isles is over on GEM.
For all the talk about women, they’re not that important. Women and children are very important.
Women on their own, as alleged grocery buyers, not so much. Children are the ‘‘ real grocery buyers’’.
That’s why those consumer groups get upset at the multinationals and their ads that target kids.
Nine’s treated this show badly — again, supporting my women-as-seeming-but-notactually-very-important theory — but if Seven can have Winners & Losers, surely there’s somewhere on the main channel for Rizzoli & Isles. Doesn’t Angie Harmon have a massive fan base? I thought she did from her days on Law & Order.
She’s a cop here too, as Detective Jane Rizzoli. She’s all tough and cynical, wears suits a lot. This show’s a bit like Cagney & Lacey, only if everyone looked liked models and had no actual problems.
Gloria Steinem is probably never going to write the kind of insightful feminist article about Rizzoli & Isles the way she did when Cagney & Lacey was around, but there are a lot of girls on it.
Especially this week, a lesbian’s murder outside a lesbian bar and the suspects include 100 lesbians.
Katie, the dead girl, was married to Mel, who’s played by Brenda Strong, the dead narrator from Desperate Housewives. Straight away we’re looking at her, because it’s always the spouse.
Or Katie’s murder might be something else again.
There’s a group who has a anti-gay campaign going, petitions and posters and all of that; maybe it’s one of their members gone rogue.
But these are all good- looking lesbians — lipstick is the box Dr Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) ticks when she fills out Jane Rizzoli’s online profile for their inevitable undercover operation — and surely these middle-aged men can’t be hating them?
Maura and Jane are a very tight couple. I can’t tell if Maura’s single or has a boyfriend, but she goes out to dinner with a guy this week anyway, and forces Jane to tag along and sit opposite his friend, who is attractive but soft. Too soft for her.
He loves her dog though, which can get him a fair way. Girl power: Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles.