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Ava Spies on Kevin's Christmas on 'Up All Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 1:30AM
'Up All Night' - 'First Christmas'Blythe Danner returned as Reagan's mother for the Christmas installment of 'Up All Night' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC). She arrived to find her daughter in full OCD mode trying to outdo the neighbor's Christmas decorating in order to get the same reaction from her daughter that they did.

She was also trying to get into the Christmas spirit in a way that her mother never did during her own childhood, though by the end of the episode the pair had reconciled their differences over a stolen Santa and reindeer they simply could not get up on the roof.

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TNT Cancels 'Memphis Beat'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 14th 2011 6:20PM
Memphis Beat Canceled'Memphis Beat' will not be back for a Season 3.

According to Deadline, TNT has canceled the police drama starring Jason Lee.

"TNT has decided not to pick up a third season of 'Memphis Beat,'" the network said in a statement. "The network thanks everyone involved in the production of 'Memphis Beat' for their work on the series, including the great cast and crew. TNT wishes everyone the best."

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Jason Lee Joins 'Up All Night' as Maya Rudolph's New Man

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 1st 2011 1:00PM
Jason Lee is heading back to NBC. EW.com reports the former 'My Name is Earl' star is joining 'Up All Night' as a potentially recurring love interest for Maya Rudolph's diva talk show host character.

TVLine describes Lee's character as a "sweet and good-looking" single dad.

'Up All Night' premiered to solid ratings and looks like it may be NBC's latest breakout comedy. The show stars Christina Applegate, who works for Rudolph's character, and Will Arnett as thirty-something first-time parents struggling with the new responsibility.

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Kathy Griffin Gets Four Bravo Specials, 'NCIS' Plans Flashback Episode and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 5th 2011 1:50PM
Kathy Griffin'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List' might be over (pretty much), but the comedian will stick around on Bravo for no less than four new standup specials in 2011.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the shows will air quarterly.

In a statement, Griffin said "I went to Bravo and told them I thought I was being a little too nice in my stand up specials. They agreed ... and gave me four more. Let the fur fly."

In other TV news ...

Illeana Douglas has been cast as Lily's older sister on 'Gossip Girl.' Krysten Ritter played Carol in last season's flashback episode. [TV Line]

Grant Show will pop up in the Jan. 16 premiere of 'Big Love.' The former 'Melrose Place' resident will play a "spiritual marketing guru." [EW]

'NCIS' is planning an origin story for Tony. "The episode will reveal much about DiNozzo's past as a Baltimore cop," said executive producer Shane Brennan. [TV Line]

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Aging Rocker (Jason Lee) Awes the Chance Family on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 1st 2010 9:40AM
Jason Lee Guest Stars on 'Raising Hope'The Chance home is brimming with excitement: Burt's rock idol Smokey Floyd is headlining Grocery-Palooza, a rockfest of sorts in the produce aisle of Jimmy's workplace. Even better, he's in their kitchen! The badly aged rocker (Jason Lee) sits at the table, drinking milk straight from the bottle.

"It's you!" squeals Virginia on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX). Floyd -- still holding fast to a big '80s 'do despite thinning gray hair and a receding hairline -- tells her, "Take some breaths, sweetheart. Shock will fade. But luckily, memory will last forever."

Burt, Jimmy and Virginia watch in awed silence as he eats breakfast. "He's eating the same cereal I pick," whispers an elated Burt.

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Jason Lee Guest Starring on 'Raising Hope' - Set Visit Interviews (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 29th 2010 4:30PM
Jason Lee on This week, 'Raising Hope' goes rock 'n' roll. Like washed up '80s hairband rock 'n' roll.

Guest star Jason Lee -- who starred in creator Greg Garcia's last hit 'My Name Is Earl' -- is playing Smokey Floyd, a has-been rocker who also happens to be Burt's (Garret Dillahunt) musical idol. He's in town "headlining" Grocery-Palooza (Tues., 9PM ET on Fox), if that gives you any indication of how far he's fallen from fame. Need more proof? Just check out Lee's look: that tattered shirt, those python-print pleather pants, that receding hairline and mullet combo. He's almost unrecognizable, so it makes sense that he chose to do this interview in character as Smokey Floyd.

I caught up with old Smokey (who one star says "looks like Bon Jovi's grandpa"), Dillahunt and the rest of the gang at 'Raising Hope' to find out what Grocery-Palooza is all about and how the aging rockstar shakes things up.

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News Roundup: Ed Asner to Star in CMT's 'Working Class,' Jason Lee to Guest on 'Raising Hope' and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 18th 2010 12:00PM
Ed AsnerCan we all muster up one big, "Welcome back, Ed Asner!"? The 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' veteran is heading back to TV in a new CMT sitcom.

According to Live Feed, Asner will star in 'Working Class,' CMT's first scripted series, opposite 'Reba' star Melissa Peterman.

In the series, Peterman, a blue collar single mom, moves her family to the suburbs. There, she meets her curmudgeonly neighbor played by Asner. This is Asner's first series regular role since 'Studio 60.' He'll also appear as Warren Buffett in HBO's 'Too Big to Fail.'

"We are thrilled to have the iconic Ed Asner join Melissa and our entire cast as we launch our first sitcom," Brad Johnson, senior vice president of development at CMT, said. "Asner is synonymous with legendary television, and we know he will bring a classic comedic edge to our fresh family sitcom."

Steve Kazee, Patrick Fabian, Lachlan Buchahan, Cameron Castaneda and Courtney Merritt round out the cast. The 12-episode season 1 of 'Working Class' will launch in January.

MTV host and pro BMX racer T.J. Lavin's condition is said to be improving after his accident. Lavin's mother told friends via text messages that her son was able to move his hands. [People]

Jason Lee will appear on 'Raising Hope.' The former 'My Name is Earl' star will guest as a washed-up rocker who performs at Sabrina's grocery store. This will reunite Lee with 'Earl' creator Greg Garcia. [Zap2It]

CBS has picked up a medical drama project from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. The drama follows three doctors, who are all med school classmates, returning to their alma mater to work at the university's hospital. [Hollywood Reporter]

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The Stars of 'Memphis Beat' Talk Singing, Policing & Shooting in New Orleans (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2010 12:00AM
'Memphis Beat'When you get asked to go to New Orleans for work, you say yes. How could anyone pass up an opportunity to visit such an amazing town? The stars of TNT's new show 'Memphis Beat' must agree with me -- contrary to the show's title, they're busy shooting in the Big Easy.

I hit the set of the show on the absolute perfect day: they were filming a birthday party scene at a bar in Algiers that's been used in movies like 'Ray' and other series like 'Treme.' The atmosphere was festive and the cast -- including Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, DJ Qualls, Sam Hennings, Abraham Benrubi and Leonard Earl Howze -- and creators Joshua Harto and Liz Garcia took the time to sit down and give me all kinds of fun scoop on the show.

Take a look at the interviews to find out more about 'Memphis Beat,' which Lee sums up perfectly as "a downhome southern cop show," before it premieres (Tues., June 22, 10PM ET on TNT).

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'Memphis Beat' Preview: Jason Lee's Got the Blues

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 22nd 2010 12:00AM
Memphis Beat
Welcome back, Jason Lee! After 'My Name Is Earl' faded away in 2009, Lee disappeared from TV sets to go play with Alvin, Simon and Theodore in the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' movie, but now he's back on TV. He hasn't come back empty-handed, this time Lee has a badge.

'Memphis Beat' follows Lee as Detective Dwight Hendricks, a cop with close relationships with his mother and his city. He also happens to have a passion for the blues.

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Regis Philbin Goes Gaga for Jason Lee (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 17th 2010 1:15PM
Ah, love! Jason Lee, who appeared minus scraggly hair and trademark mustache from 'My Name is Earl,' instantly became an object of affection for Regis Philbin on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on Summer's Hot Cops & Robbers (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 11th 2010 9:00AM
Jason Lee, 'Memphis Beat'It's shaping up to be a summer full of sexy cops and the thieves they chase, starting off with 'Memphis Beat,' Jason Lee's new detective drama with a twist. A very southern, very King-like twist.

There's also some new kids on the block in 'Rookie Blue,' which is basically like 'Grey's Anatomy' with badges and guns instead of scrubs and scalpels. Then we've got a new family of crime with 'Scoundrels,' starring Virginia Madsen and David James Elliott, and the return of James Franco's mysterious (and murderous) 'General Hospital' character Franco.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Jason Lee, Angie Harmon Pilots Picked Up by TNT

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 22nd 2010 11:30AM
If you can't choose one, why not choose them all?

That's exactly what TNT did yesterday with the pickup of three new pilots: 'Delta Blues,' 'Rizzoli and Isles' and the still-untitled alien-invasion series from producer Steven Spielberg. Each show received 10-episode orders, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'Delta Blues,' from producer George Clooney, stars Jason Lee as a Memphis cop who moonlights as a musician and still lives at home with his mother. The Boston-set 'Rizzoli,' based on a series of mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen, stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as detectives, with Lorraine Bracco playing Harmon's tough, but loyal mother.

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TNT picks up more dramas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 11:33PM
TNT has some new dramatic shows on the horizon and believe it or not, they actually don't involve sexy cops or lawyers. Well, one of them does.

The cable network has picked up a new science fiction series about aliens overtaking humanity starring Noah Wyle, a detective series starring Angie Harmon and (surprise!) a cop drama starring Jason Lee.

The "untitled alien invasion series" (wouldn't it be a big bowl of hilariousness if that were the actual title?) will star Wyle as the leader of a band of human resisters who aspire to take back the Earth from an alien race that has laid waste to humanity. Since this is being produced by Steven Speilberg, how about calling it Close Encounters of the Ass Kicking Kind?

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Jaime Pressly to Guest on 'Rules of Engagement'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 3rd 2009 4:44PM
Here's some news that'll bring back some Joy: 'My Name Is Earl' star Jaime Pressly is making a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom 'Rules of Engagement,' People.com reports.

The actress will play a potential surrogate mother for long-time marrieds Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price). The series, which looks at different stages of relationships between men and women, also stars David Spade, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.

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Three Join Jason Lee in TNT's 'Delta Blues'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:35PM
Robyn LivelySam Hennings, Robyn Lively and Leonard Howze (pictured) have been tapped to join Jason Lee in the upcoming TNT pilot 'Delta Blues,' from executive producer George Clooney.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Blues' follows Dwight Hendricks (Lee), who who spends his Memphis days on the police force and his nights impersonating Elvis Presley.

Hennings, who will play Whitehead, Dwight's partner on the force, has appeared in numerous movie and television roles, most notably 'CSI,' 'Dollhouse,' 'The Aviator,' 'Havoc,' starring Anne Hathaway, and the Hallmark Channel's 'Elevator Girl.'

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