Today, my new book ICE COLD goes on sale in the U.S. And this release, like every release before it, is filling me with a mixture of joy, excitement, apprehension, and yes — even a bit of dread. Because I’m so good at imagining all the things that can go wrong.
So I’m going to distract myself from the book-release butterflies in my stomach by talking instead about my visit over the weekend to Hollywood.
I was there for the “Rizzoli & Isles” press junket — which is a term I really didn’t understand until after this weekend. TNT flew me out to L.A., put me up at the Beverly Wilshire (woohoo!), and treated me to a most amazing experience. I was there to talk to radio DJ’s from around the country, who were also flown out to L.A.
The first day started off with an evening cocktail party at Paramount studios, where I mingled with the DJ’s and kept having to pinch myself that I was actually at the Paramount lot. Here I am with some of TNT’s marketing and publicity team.
It was the little touches that I kept oohing and ahhing over — they probably thought I was bonkers, but I got so excited about funny things like … well, just the paper cups and napkins!
After cocktails, we all moved into the Paramount movie theater to watch a screening of Episode 2 of “Rizzoli & Isles.” The theater is like a real movie theater, complete with popcorn counter and soda pop.
Sitting in the dark theater, surrounded by the DJ’s, I was happy to hear them laughing at all the right places. One of them later told me that he was exhausted by his flight to L.A. and was planning to take a nap when the lights went out … but instead sat up riveted to the episode.
After the screening, one of the writers on the show, David Gould, took us on a tour of the “Rizzoli & Isles” set. Here we are at the morgue, which was furnished with real hospital equipment. It looked like every morgue I’ve ever been in, with the exception of the red sink!
Then it was on to the set for the bar “The Dirty Robber” where Jane and Maura relax after work.
We also visited the makeup trailer, where Lorraine Bracco was getting ready to shoot her next scene. Mind you, this was at 10 PM at night, so those actors work long, long hours.
Finally, we got to peek in the production office, where desks and wall boards were covered with all the details involved with making a TV show happen.
I got back to the hotel around 11 PM, crashed, and the next day got ready for round 2 of the fun: the radio interviews. Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill, and Lee Thompson Young were on hand for the round-robin chats with the DJ’s.
Me and Angie:
Me with Bruce McGill (Korsak) and Janet Tamaro (executive producer):
The 21 DJ’s were set up in booths in the hotel ballroom, and we went from booth to booth to be interviewed. I was paired with Janet Tamaro, the writer and executive producer of Rizzoli & Isles, and we answered questions about where the characters came from and what it was like to adapt them to TV. Janet really is like Jane Rizzoli — smart, quick-thinking, and thriving in a tough industry. Obviously the perfect person to be writing this show! Each interview lasted only 4 minutes, and then we had to jump up and move on to the next DJ. At the end of it, Lee Thompson Young told me he couldn’t believe how exhausted he was.
Then it was on to the really fun finale: the cast cocktail party! I got the chance to chat with Sasha and Lee.
The next day, I was up at 4:30 to catch the flight home. Still can’t believe it all happened — but if it was just a dream, it was a very good dream.