Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:55

titleI am convinced there are TV script writers who are avid mystery fiction fans. How else to explain the little references to mystery fiction that slip in now and then into TV series?

Years ago, the visiting mother of a character on Northern Exposure praised Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and how, even though they were worlds apart, she could relate to the fictional detective.

A couple of seasons ago, two of the con people on TNT's witty Leverage took the aliases of Elmore and Leonard.

And on a recent episode of the NBC comedy 30 Rock, Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) asked if Rizzoli and Isles were friends in real life. Liz was, of course, referring to the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

Frankly, I could believe that Rizzoli, played by Angie Harmon, and Isles, played by Sasha Alexander, could indeed be friends in real life.

Last year, I interviewed both actresses for Mystery Scene. The interview is here.

titleThe first season of Rizzoli & Isles will be out on DVD in June.

Rizzoli & Isles will be back on TNT in July. Tess Gerritsen's next novel in the Rizzoli & Isles series will be The Silent Girl, scheduled to hit the bookstores in July.

But meanwhile, Gerritsen's last Rizzoli & Isles, Ice Cold, is now out in paperback.

Ice Cold is a gripping thriller that shows the author and her appealing characters at their best.

Any one else notice mystery fiction references on TV? Let us know!

Rizzoli & Isles Make 30 Rock
Oline Cogdill
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titleI am convinced there are TV script writers who are avid mystery fiction fans. How else to explain the little references to mystery fiction that slip in now and then into TV series?

Years ago, the visiting mother of a character on Northern Exposure praised Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and how, even though they were worlds apart, she could relate to the fictional detective.

A couple of seasons ago, two of the con people on TNT's witty Leverage took the aliases of Elmore and Leonard.

And on a recent episode of the NBC comedy 30 Rock, Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) asked if Rizzoli and Isles were friends in real life. Liz was, of course, referring to the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

Frankly, I could believe that Rizzoli, played by Angie Harmon, and Isles, played by Sasha Alexander, could indeed be friends in real life.

Last year, I interviewed both actresses for Mystery Scene. The interview is here.

titleThe first season of Rizzoli & Isles will be out on DVD in June.

Rizzoli & Isles will be back on TNT in July. Tess Gerritsen's next novel in the Rizzoli & Isles series will be The Silent Girl, scheduled to hit the bookstores in July.

But meanwhile, Gerritsen's last Rizzoli & Isles, Ice Cold, is now out in paperback.

Ice Cold is a gripping thriller that shows the author and her appealing characters at their best.

Any one else notice mystery fiction references on TV? Let us know!

Sunday, 10 April 2011 10:49
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The light drama Castle, starring Nathan Fillion as mystery writer Richard Castle who works with the NYPD, often featured a segment with the fictional author playing poker with real-life authors such as Michael Connelly, James Patterson and the late Stephen J Cannell.

For fans of the TV series -- and the authors -- these scenes were an extra treat, a wink for avid readers and viewers.

But the scenes haven't been a part of the ABC series since the death last September of Cannell.

The poker games will be back with Castle's April 11 episode, which airs at 10 p.m.

Richard Castle will be joined by his regular poker buddy Michael Connelly. Dennis Lehane also will be at the table. A new guy will be joining the group, too.

And the poker buddies will be commenting on the loss of their colleague.

"There's a nod to Cannell in that a chair at the poker table. [The chair] is left empty and a glass of scotch is placed there," Connelly told me in an email.

The scene is quite humorous as Connelly and Lehane -- and Castle -- talk about the movies that have been made from their novels. Connelly and Lehane prove to be quite the actors and both are a pleasure to watch. They seem as if they had a great time doing the scene.

This is a poker game to gamble on. And here's a sneak peek.

Cannell's final appearance on Castle was the May 17, 2010, episode, "A Deadly Game."

Cannell, who died from melanoma, held myriad roles in Hollywood. He produced such popular TV series as The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street and The Commish.
He wrote the Shane Scully novels; the 10th in this series, The Prostitutes' Ball (2010), was released after his death. He often popped up as cameo roles in a variety of TV series and movies. And he was considered an all-around nice guy.
Photo, from left, Michael Connelly, Stephen J. Cannell, Nathan Fillion, and James Patterson (with back to camera) in Castle. ABC photo
Castle's Tribute to Cannell
Oline Cogdill
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The light drama Castle, starring Nathan Fillion as mystery writer Richard Castle who works with the NYPD, often featured a segment with the fictional author playing poker with real-life authors such as Michael Connelly, James Patterson and the late Stephen J Cannell.

For fans of the TV series -- and the authors -- these scenes were an extra treat, a wink for avid readers and viewers.

But the scenes haven't been a part of the ABC series since the death last September of Cannell.

The poker games will be back with Castle's April 11 episode, which airs at 10 p.m.

Richard Castle will be joined by his regular poker buddy Michael Connelly. Dennis Lehane also will be at the table. A new guy will be joining the group, too.

And the poker buddies will be commenting on the loss of their colleague.

"There's a nod to Cannell in that a chair at the poker table. [The chair] is left empty and a glass of scotch is placed there," Connelly told me in an email.

The scene is quite humorous as Connelly and Lehane -- and Castle -- talk about the movies that have been made from their novels. Connelly and Lehane prove to be quite the actors and both are a pleasure to watch. They seem as if they had a great time doing the scene.

This is a poker game to gamble on. And here's a sneak peek.

Cannell's final appearance on Castle was the May 17, 2010, episode, "A Deadly Game."

Cannell, who died from melanoma, held myriad roles in Hollywood. He produced such popular TV series as The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street and The Commish.
He wrote the Shane Scully novels; the 10th in this series, The Prostitutes' Ball (2010), was released after his death. He often popped up as cameo roles in a variety of TV series and movies. And he was considered an all-around nice guy.
Photo, from left, Michael Connelly, Stephen J. Cannell, Nathan Fillion, and James Patterson (with back to camera) in Castle. ABC photo
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:29
titleMovies based on novels often give the books an extra push, bringing in new readers and even making those familiar with an author want to revisit those novels.

Why else would publishers re-release a novel with a photograph from the movie?
It's called tie-in, folks.
I have been a part of discussions in which readers and authors are offended by the tie-in.
Frankly, I think that anything that sells books is a plus. If it takes putting a photograph of Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller on the re-release of The Lincoln Lawyer to bring in new readers -- how can that be bad?

The paperback edition of The Lincoln Lawyer is currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List for both trade paperback and mass market paperback.
Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River got the same movie bump when the films based on his novels came out.
By the way, The Lincoln Lawyer film is quite good. Don't believe me? Then see my review on the Mystery Scene blog.
Connelly’s next novel also is a Mickey Haller novel. The Fifth Witness hit the bookstores on April 5.
I dare you not to imagine McConaughey’s performance as you read The Fifth Witness -- or The Lincoln Lawyer.
Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer Movie, Novel
Oline Cogdill
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titleMovies based on novels often give the books an extra push, bringing in new readers and even making those familiar with an author want to revisit those novels.

Why else would publishers re-release a novel with a photograph from the movie?
It's called tie-in, folks.
I have been a part of discussions in which readers and authors are offended by the tie-in.
Frankly, I think that anything that sells books is a plus. If it takes putting a photograph of Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller on the re-release of The Lincoln Lawyer to bring in new readers -- how can that be bad?

The paperback edition of The Lincoln Lawyer is currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List for both trade paperback and mass market paperback.
Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River got the same movie bump when the films based on his novels came out.
By the way, The Lincoln Lawyer film is quite good. Don't believe me? Then see my review on the Mystery Scene blog.
Connelly’s next novel also is a Mickey Haller novel. The Fifth Witness hit the bookstores on April 5.
I dare you not to imagine McConaughey’s performance as you read The Fifth Witness -- or The Lincoln Lawyer.