Rizzoli & Isles

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Name: Rizolli & Isles
Abbreviation(s): R&I
Creator: Janet Tamaro, Tess Gerritsen
Date(s): July 12, 2010 – present
Medium: television show
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official Site Wiki page
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Rizolli & Isles is a TNT television series based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen. The series stars Angie Harmon (Law & Order) as police detective Jane Rizzoli, and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) as medical examiner Maura Isles. It's currently on its fourth season, and has been renewed for a fifth season for 2014.

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The show quickly gained a femslash following, as Rizzoli/Isles was felt to be "practically canon." Other pairings are rare and practically non-existent in the fandom. The other known pairings are: Casey Jones/Jane Rizzoli, Barry Frost/Frankie Rizzoli Jr and Sean Cavanaugh/Angela Rizzoli.

Crossovers with NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Law and Order: SVU, Castle, and Once Upon a Time are popular on FFN. On AO3 the crossovers with Once Upon a Time, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, Body of Proof, and Castle are popular.

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Queerbaiting

Rizzles is one of the most notorious examples of queerbaiting in the slash community. It handily the most visible example of femslash queerbaiting.

Particularly notorious is the fourth promo that appeared for Season 2 of the show. In it Rizzoli and Isles go through a series of speed dates with men before realizing that the only person perfect for them is each other.

In 2013 the showrunners and cast admitted they were guilty of queerbaiting in an interview with TVGuide.

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