'Rizzoli & Isles' to End After Season Seven

TNT ordered a shortened seventh season in July.
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Rizzoli & Isles is getting ready to say goodbye.

The upcoming seventh season of the TNT drama will be its last, network president Kevin Reilly announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

The show, which ranks as the Turner-owned cable network's second-most-watched series ever, behind only The Closer, will return in the summer for an abbreviated 13-episode season. 

Reilly told reporters that stars Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon have "had really satisfying runs," and that he wasn't aware whether or not the duo would or wouldn't do more of the series. 

He noted that producers agreed that the show, produced by Warner Horizon Television, had run its course and said the series "had a good run." 

"We felt like it was time," said Reilly. "[Everyone agreed that they should] go out and finish with 13 great ones — and everyone felt good about that." 

The 13 episodes are down from its series-high 18 in season six and its lowest order since its 10-episode freshman run. The news comes after the supporting cast was expected to renegotiate their contracts for season seven and after Harmon and Alexander renegotiated their deals together last season. 
The cop drama ranks as one of basic cable's top five series every year in total viewers. It was last summer's top show on basic cable in the metric. Jan Nash, who took over as showrunner after creator Janet Tamaro's departure, will return for its final season.
The decision to end Rizzoli & Isles comes as TNT is plotting a new and edgier direction with series including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and the newly ordered Tales From the Crypt horror block. Reilly told reporters that he expects the network's turnaround to take at least three years. 

Rizzoli & Isles becomes the latest TNT series to come to an end under Reilly, who also canceled Public Morals, Agent X and Legends recently. The executive told reporters Thursday that some of those decisions were based on ratings as well as the fact that the series didn't fit in with his overall vision for the network. He singled out Major Crimes, which returns for an abbreviated 13-episode fifth season in the summer, as a show that doesn't quite fit with the network that continues to stick around based on its ratings performance.
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