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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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Alfre Woodard Sings the 'Delta Blues'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:00AM
Alfre Woodard is the latest addition to 'Delta Blues,' the TNT pilot executive produced by George Clooney. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that she will play a tough police lieutenant who attempts to exert her will over her subordinates, especially Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee).

From Warner Horizon and Smokehouse, in conjunction with Clooney, 'Delta Blues' will follow the life of Dwight who spends his days on the force and nights as an Elvis impersonator. As we recently reported, Jason Lee has accepted the role of Dwight, while Sam Hennings, Robyn Lively and Leonard Howze will play Dwight's partner, ex-wife and co-worker, respectively. Celia Weston rounds off the cast as Dwight's mother, with whom he lives.

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Three Join TNT's 'Delta Blues'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:47AM
The cast of TNT's offbeat dramedy pilot 'Delta Blues' continues to take shape, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the signing of three new additions.

According to the article, DJ Qualls will be joining the series, which follows the life of Memphis police officer Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Qualls, who has a forged a career in film ('Road Trip,' 'Delta Farce') and television ('Lost,' 'Scrubs') on the strength of his human dandelion looks, will play Dwight's policeman protege. The role should be familiar ground for Qualls, as the two previously worked together on 'My Name Is Earl.'

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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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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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Jason Lee Joins TNT's 'Delta Blues,' Earns Major Karma Points

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 18th 2009 12:51PM
Good news for fans still mourning the demise of actor Jason Lee's NBC comedy series 'My Name is Earl': The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Lee will headline 'Delta Blues,' a new TNT pilot executive produced by George Clooney.

Lee will star as Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and lives a second life as an Elvis impersonator. Clark Johnson ('The Shield,' 'The Wire') will direct the pilot, written by Liz M. Garcia and Joshua Harto.

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George Clooney, Elvis, the cops and TNT

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 27th 2009 1:06PM
George_Clooney_headGeorge Clooney learned a lot about television toiling away on The Facts of Life and E/R. The latter wasn't NBC medical drama that made him a star. I'm talking about the 1984 Elliott Gould sitcom on CBS that lasted a year, just 22 episodes.

But the point is this: he may be a major movie star today, but George knows and appreciates television. That could be why George Clooney's behind Delta Blues, a cop drama that TNT has just picked up.

I use the term drama loosely, because it's something goofier than a straight drama. The lead character is an Elvis Presley impersonator when he's not working for the Memphis Police Department. One more thing: Like Elvis, he honors his mother... and lives with her. Does that make him a mama's boy? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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TNT Orders 'Delta Blues' From George Clooney

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 27th 2009 12:45PM
George ClooneyElvis Presley. George Clooney. It sounds like a match made in hunk heaven, but soon it may be coming to a much more accessible locale: your television. TNT has ordered a pilot for 'Delta Blues,' an off-beat police drama about an effective but unusual cop who lives with his mom and lives a second life as an Elvis impersonator.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is set in Presley's home town of Memphis, will be co-executive produced by Clooney and his collaborators at Smokehouse Pictures.

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TNT & TBS have big plans for original content

by Brett Love, posted May 15th 2008 12:41PM

TNTAmong many announcements from TNT at upfront week was the stated goal to dramatically increase original content. The network aims to eventually reach 80% original content, with plans for three original nights a week by 2010. How are they going to reach those goals? With cops. Lots and lots of cops.

We've already heard about the new Donnie Wahlberg DEA series, Morse Code. Three other cop shows are in development at the network, including Delta Blues, from executive producer George Clooney, which follows the story of a Memphis cop who does a little Elvis impersonating on the side. 24 co-creator Joel Surnow is also joining the TNT family with an as yet untitled series built around an ATF agent. Finishing off the law enforcement party is Angel City. Written by L.A. cop Will Beall and Barry Schindel, Angel City is being compared to Adam-12. Read on past the jump for the less cuff-heavy goings on over at TNT.

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