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Lee Thompson Young Talks ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Changes

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Lee Thompson Young tells us he’s been getting particular enjoyment out of shooting this season of TNT’s hit “Rizzoli & Isles” because, “Everyone’s life is getting filled out, and that’s really interesting to play as an actor.”

He points out, “Obviously Sasha (Alexander) and Angie (Harmon) are fabulous and they will always be the core of the show.  But there are other avenues to explore with the rest of the ensemble, and they’re doing a good job of showing each person’s character.”  He says we’ll see a “deepening and strengthening of the relationships between the people inside the homicide unit” as the season unfurls.  Also, there are “definitely some partner dynamics” ahead between Angie Harmon’s Rizzoli character and her former partner in the homicide detective squad, played by Bruce McGill.  “There’ll be workplace shifts, too.”

Young, who plays Harmon’s current partner, the corpse-averse, technology whiz Det. Barry Frost, tells us he was caught off-gaurd by the way the show became a hit last year.  “And the size of the response we had was a pretty big surprise to all of us.”

The personable actor and USC grad, who was once known as the title tween favorite of the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson,” has been busy elsewhere between “Rizzoli & Isles” camera calls.

‘I did ‘The Good Guys’ on Fox, then an episode of ‘The Event,’  then came back to ‘Rizzoli and Isles,” says Young, whose credits also include the big screen “Friday Night Lights” and “Akeelah and the Bee.”  “It’s nice to mix it up a little bit, and get a fresh perspective every time.  It’s like a palate cleanser.  I like to fight against routine and getting stale.”