TNT Renews Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas

TNT has seen enough of Dallas to make a decision on its future, handing out a second-season order to the continuation of the Ewings' story. But wait, there's more! TNT also renewed Rizzoli & Isles for a fourth season today.

Soapy 10-gallon hat drama Dallas is pretty much a hit, laying claim to the title of "Basic Cable's Top-Rated New Series." (How many new summer series are there to compete with? Not many...) The show—which according to TNT earned an average of 6.9 million viewers per episode in its first four episodes—is an update on that same-named series everyone went crazy over in the early '80s, following a new generation of the Ewings as they bicker and sex each other up. The ensemble cast includes Larry Hagman's Eyebrows in the role of J.R. Ewing's Eyebrows. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for Season 2.

This is embarrassing. I have no idea what Rizzoli & Isles is about. BRB, going to Wikipedia. Okay, I'm back. Rizzoli & Isles is about a female detective (Angie Harmon) and a female medical examiner (Sasha Alexander) who solve crimes in Boston. It's been a summer boon for TNT, averaging 7.1 million viewers and wearing the pageant sash that reads "Summer's #1 Returning Basic-Cable Scripted Series." Expect 15 episodes for Season 4, due in 2013.

Dallas currently airs Wednesday nights at 9pm and Rizzoli & Isles airs Tuesday nights at 9pm TNT. Are you currently watching either or both shows?

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