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Thursday, August 22, 2013

In Lieu of Flowers

If you're looking to donate to a charity on Lee's behalf, please consider the Young Storyteller's Foundation.  You can visit their site at http://www.youngstorytellers.com/

Funeral Services for Lee Thompson Young

From TMZ.com

Lee Thompson Young will be laid to rest this week ... and TMZ has learned the actor's funeral service will take place at the legendary Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.

We've learned ... the service has been set for Friday afternoon ... on the lot where his show "Rizzoli & Isles" is filmed. We're told hundreds of people are expected to attend.

In lieu of flowers, Young's family is asking friends and fans to make a donation to the Young Storytellers Foundation, an organization which helps expose underprivileged kids to the arts. 

As we previously reported, Young was found dead this week inside his LA home with a self inflicted gun shot wound. Police still have no clue why he took his own life. 

Young was 29.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2ckUJT2IN

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rizzoli & Isles Stops Production Following Lee Thompson Young's Death

UPDATE, 12:25 PM: Production on TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles has been shut down in light of the sudden passing of co-star Lee Thompson Young, whose body was discovered in his apartment after he failed to show up for work this morning. The producers of the series, in which Thompson played star Angie Harmon’s partner on the force, are currently evaluating whether to resume production tomorrow or go on hiatus while the cast and crew cope with Young’s death and writers figure out how to write off his character. Here is TNT,Rizzoli & Isles‘ studio Warner Bros TV and executive producer Janet Tamaro’s statement today on Young’s death: “Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”

Jett Jackson Star Lee Thompson Young Dead at 29: "Took His Own Life," Says Actor's Manager



Lee Thompson Young, best known for his role as the titular character on Disney Channel'sThe Famous Jett Jackson, has died, the actor's manager confirms to E! News. He was 29 years old.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," longtime manager Jonathan Baruch said on Monday. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."
According to TMZ, Young's body was found at his residence with a gun-shot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.
At the time of his death, Young was working on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles as Detective Barry Frost.
Young also appeared on the TV programs Scrubs and FlashForward.
"I had the pleasure of working w/ #LeeThompsonYoung on Flash Forward & he was an extremely talented beautiful soul," tweeted Gabrielle Union upon hearing the news of Young's passing.
The actor also had roles in several movies, most notably, the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.


Rest in Peace :(  You will be missed!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rizzoli & Isles renewed for a 5th season!

Three Popular Dramas Join Previously Renewed Falling Skies among TNT’s Returning Hits
TNT has renewed three of its hit summer series, including the top-ranked Rizzoli & Isles and the Top 10 dramas Major Crimes and Perception. The renewals join the previously announced fourth-season order of TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies, one of the summer’s most popular dramas with key demos.
TNT’s news comes as all four shows rank among basic cable’s Top 10 series with total viewers for the summer-to-date, with Rizzoli & Isles leading the pack at #1 and Major Crimes ranking among the Top 5. In addition, all four series rank among basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas with adults 25-54. And Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles are two of basic cable’s Top 5 dramas with adults 18-49.
“TNT has had a terrific summer with four big hits that have drawn viewers with great storytelling, engaging characters and outstanding performances,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “With the renewals of Rizzoli & Isles,Major CrimesFalling Skies and Perception, TNT has built an incredibly strong arsenal of scripted series. And it’s only going to get stronger with the addition of Mob City and the return of Dallas this winter, not to mention the debuts of The Last Ship and Legends next summer.”
TNT has ordered a fifth season of its blockbuster drama Rizzoli & Isles. Ranking as basic cable’s #1 series for the summer-to-dateRizzoli & Isles has averaged 8.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an increase of +6% over last season. Rizzoli & Isles is drawing 2.9 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7 and 2.3 million adults 18-49, ranking as one of basic cable’s Top 5 dramas with both key demosRizzoli & Isles will end its summer run on Sept. 10, returning in early 2014 for the second half of its fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the fifth season, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.
TNT’s Major Crimes will return for a third season. The hit crime-drama, which currently ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 5 series, is drawing more than 6.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery. The show is also one of basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas among adults 25-54 (2.1 million). Currently airing Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), Major Crimes is set to wrap up its summer run Aug. 19. It will return in November for the second half of the season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season three, which is slated to begin in summer 2014.
TNT has ordered a third season of its hit series Perception. In its second season, Perception is averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live+7 delivery, with 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49 in Live + 7 delivery. It ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas with total viewers and adults 25-54Perception is slated to end its summer run on Aug. 27, returning in early 2014 for the rest of its second season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season three, which is expected to launch in summer 2014.
After delivering a sizzling summer lineup, TNT is ready to keep the fire burning with new and returning scripted dramas. Heading up the list of new shows is the eagerly anticipated series event Mob City, from executive producer Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead). The powerful drama about the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. is slated to premiere Wednesday, Dec. 4. TNT’s scripted series lineup for 2013 also includes the continuation of Major Crimes on Monday, Nov. 25. Three scripted series will return in early 2014, including the third season of Dallas and the continued current seasons of Rizzoli & Isles and Perception. Next summer, new seasons of TNT’s summer hits will be joined by the action-packed drama The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) and executive-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), and Legends, starring Sean Bean (Game of ThronesLord of the Rings) and executive-produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland24).
About Rizzoli & Isles
Consistently ranking as one of basic cable’s top dramas, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon is Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Brian GoodmanJordan Bridges and Lee Thompson Young, with Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco.
Rizzoli & Isles was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. The series is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Tamaro, Haber and Michael Katleman serving as executive producers.