The pilot for TNT's Rizzoli & Isles was based on Tess Gerritsen's book, The Apprentice, which introduces Maura Isles and brings back Warren Hoyt from The Surgeon. Simply put, everything worked. It was as close as TV can come to delivering what readers want. The show plays to the actors' strengths: Angie Harmon's accessibility, Sasha Alexander's sophistication, and their chemistry together is the perfect storm that is friendship.
And I want to mention: I've long been a fan of Bruce McGill, but I was pleasantly surprised by the San Antonio native's New England accent. I hope this is the breakout show of the summer.