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."
With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.
Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.
And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.
These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.
Elizabeth Hurley Moves to the Upper East Side on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Buffy' Star Returns to TV & More Casting News
Elizabeth Hurley will play Diana Payne, a "sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with. Diana's entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters -- including, and especially, Gossip Girl herself," executive producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran told TVLine.
Hurley will stick around for a multi-episode arc.
In other TV casting news ...
"It really did start out sort of as a comfort thing, and then it got to be a hygiene thing," she said. "It keeps you from getting all ... incubating a bunch of stuff up there." Put more simply, "You give your crotch sunlight," she said.
The revelation shocked her mother, she said. But Woodard has been careful. Going commando takes a bit of adjustment. "You just have to learn how to sit," she said, "you don't go flopping around." There's nothing quite like oversharing on daytime TV.
The Pinkett Smith family success story continues as Jada's medical drama series, 'HawthoRNe,' has been picked up by TNT for a third season.
Deadline.com reports that TNT will announce today that they've ordered ten more episodes of the medical drama, which aired this summer to generally strong ratings. The network used 'HawthoRNe' to successfully launch 'Memphis Beat', and the quirky cop drama, starring Jason Lee, was renewed at the beginning of September.
Now the only TNT drama waiting to hear its fate is the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 'Dark Blue.' The gritty cop drama, starring Dylan McDermott, is now in its second season, but has struggled with ratings and reviews.
That's right, the veteran TV actress is heading to ABC's new superhero show 'No Ordinary Family.' According to TV Guide, Shepherd will play Barbara Crane, mom to super speedster scientist Stephanie. Look for Stephanie's parents to not have warm feelings towards Michael Chiklis' Jim.
"They don't know yet about what's happened to the family," Benz told TV Guide. "So we have to decide if it's best to clue them in or keep them in the dark."
In other TV news ...
• TNT has renewed freshman drama 'Memphis Beat.' The series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard has averaged 4.5 million viewers over its 10-episode season. [Live Feed]
• HBO is bringing 'Hung' back for a third season. The show about Thomas Jane as a downtrodden high school teacher/male prostitute drew 2.5 million viewers last week. [Deadline Hollywood]
• 'Heroes' star Jack Coleman is headed to 'The Mentalist' on Oct. 14. Coleman will play Max Armstrong, a wealthy and arrogant man who just so happens to catch Patrick Jane's eye and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. [TV Guide]
It's just ... OK. And I'm getting a little sick of OK dramas.
Tonight's opening scene -- the gang eating at a restaurant and noticing that a criminal had come in -- promised to be witty and maybe a little exciting, but it was a rather dull way to start the show and go into the credits. Then we get a plot involving a barbecue festival and the attempted murder of one of the cooking kings, but (as I said last week) within this Southern world of quirky characters we get a rather routine light procedural.
'Memphis Beat' is like a Bizarro World version of 'My Name Is Earl.' They're both set in the south, Dwight is a smart, serious version of Earl, and even his ex-wife is like a nicer, classier version of his ex from that show. Maybe that's a superficial comparison but it sticks out nonetheless.
Actually, it's like a lot of shows. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not necessarily a good thing either. As we see more and more episodes of 'Memphis Beat' it seems more and more like just a routine show.
It's in the 80s in my apartment right now, sticky and soupy and very uncomfortable. So I got even more uncomfortable watching Jason Lee and company walking around a hot Memphis, T.N. I wonder how they can work in that weather (the show is filmed in New Orleans), especially wearing long pants and suits and uniforms. I get that same feeling when I watch 'Burn Notice.'
That has nothing to do with tonight's episode, but one's environment can affect the way one thinks about something.
One of the most popular genres on TV remains the cop show, which means, with such a ubiquitous presence, there's always going to be some good cops (and series) and some bad cops in the mix.
Here's our cheat sheet to help you decide if you should tune in, or whether the crime isn't worth your time.
"And you didn't see anybody come out this door?" Hendricks's partner asks and Qualls says he didn't but that he believes the suspect fled out the window because of footprints.
"These are yours, son," Hendricks discovers. "You tracked them through the scene."
This means the suspect is still inside the building. How will they catch him and where is he hiding?
Let's just say by the end, he's lookin' like a fool.
I hope you like Elvis, because he figures heavily into this show in many ways. Not only is our police hero Dwight Hendrciks an Elvis impersonator at night (doing his own thing actually, more early thin Elvis than later overweight Elvis, thank God), there are dozens of other Elvis impersonators scattered around the Memphis landscape, at least in this first episode.
The show itself? Like Elvis, there's a lot to like and some things ... not so much.
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.
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).
Once the show figures out what it wants to be -- and I have some thoughts on what it should be -- it might prove to be successful in the drama-laden TNT lineup (the show premieres Tuesday, June 22 at 10PM ET). Until then, though, the show has the potential to painfully lurch around in search of that identity.