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Jason Lee to sing the Delta Blues

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 18th 2009 4:04PM
Jason LeeWhen I first heard the plot of the new TNT drama pilot that George Clooney is producing, Delta Blues, I thought it might be funny at first but way too odd to watch for several episodes. It's about George Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mom and is also a part-time Elvis Presley impersonator (I'm going to assume that he doesn't dress up as Elvis while he's on duty or this show will go be way into the red zone of the QUIRKY meter).

Well, at least they grabbed someone good for the role. My Name Is Earl's Jason Lee is going to play the lead character, and I can definitely picture that. Now I just wonder if he's going to dress up as younger, thinner Elvis (circa 1959) or older, wider Elvis (circa 1975).

The pilot will be directed by Clark Johnson, who worked on The Shield.

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Nathaniel

Cool! Since I read your initial post about it, I've known this show has potential for greatness. As long as they actually film in Memphis. What's the source for this piece of info? I want to read all the tiny details.

Should be cool to see Jason Lee in an hourlong dramedy (or is it straight drama? I feel either could work.) format.

November 19 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gonnabechef

"...who worked on The Shield."

Come on.

He was:

* Det. Meldrick Lewis on the brilliant Homicide: Life on the Street.
* Director of several season 1 episodes of the also brilliant The Wire, and acted in season 5.
* Director of the underrated S.W.A.T.

...among dozens of other things.

November 18 2009 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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