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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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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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So You Think You Can Dance: Miami and Memphis Auditions

by Jason Hughes, posted May 28th 2009 12:22AM
So You Think You Can Dance - Miami Auditions(S05E02) This week we get four hours of SYTYCD. Four cities over two nights with tons of great auditions and some disastrous ones. In fact, the ratio of good to bad was perfect tonight. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a train wreck as much as the next person, but I enjoy even more seeing something that makes my jaw hit the ground. And we got plenty of that tonight. Already, I'm excited about the season to come.

In Miami, Nigel and Mary were joined by Tice DiOrio while it was Lil' C that offered wisdom in Memphis. The show kept moving at a nice clip, quickly burning through two hours. In fact, it wasn't until my recording stopped that I realized the show had gone over. And it's not even a live show!

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Big Brother 10: Clips Show

by Kristin Sample, posted Sep 15th 2008 12:15AM
Memphis in the Diary RoomWe're almost there. The finale is right around the corner on Tuesday. But before we crown the winner of Big Brother 10, we have to sit through a clips show with (booming announcer voice) NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE. You know just from how CBS touted this episode that the "never before seen footage" would be nothing special.

After the jump, let's talk about what happened last night ... or what didn't happen.

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Big Brother 10: Nominations #10

by Kristin Sample, posted Sep 7th 2008 10:02PM
Dan and Memphis the musclemen(S10E24) Aftermath of Renny's Eviction

Keesha was obviously the most effected by the Renny's absence. She cried in the Diary Room saying, "It's just really hard to watch her walk out the door." Later she lamented that Renny's picture turned black and white. Renny, a woman who lights up the room when she walks in, should always be in color according to Keesha.

Other reactions to Renny's departure varied. Jerry had mixed feelings. He thinks his HOH reign was a success because it kept him in the house another week, but a failure because Dan was his target. Memphis feels that this past week was extremely successful. Renny never really trusted him so he's taken out another threat. And I'd have to agree. Renny called him a snake in the past and didn't really want him in the alliance of four. Dan was also happy with Renny's eviction. If she had made it to the final two, she would have won. Hands down.

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Big Brother: HOH #9 & Nominations #9

by Kristin Sample, posted Sep 1st 2008 9:22AM
Jerry (S10E22) "We don't even get a week to campaign do we?" -- Ollie to Jerry
"Yeah well, life is short." -- Jerry to Ollie

Once again, Big Brother began its show with an insanely long recap of the previous show. I think this one was almost fifteen minutes. We went over how Michelle was evicted, how Keesha won HOH, how she put up Ollie and Jerry, blah, blah, blah. Too long.

We did get a few nuggets of information to add to our mental portraits of this summer's houseguests. We got the exchange above which happened as Jerry and Ollie sat in the living room awaiting the results of Big Brother 10 "Fast Forward." But all that really shows is Ollie's bitterness and Jerry's nonsensical reply.

All was not lost though, I liked seeing how the alliance of four scrambled to pick an evictee after Dan won the Veto. Dan grabbed Keesha and whispered, "Who do you want to go home?" Keesha replied Ollie and Dan made sure that Memphis and Renny knew how to vote. I guess it was an obvious choice for them though.

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Big Brother 10: Nominations #7

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 24th 2008 10:50PM
DAn and Renny(S10E19) Let's start with the April aftermath...

With April gone, Ollie feels it's do or die now in the Big Brother 10 house. He's played the game "sub-par" up until now. Renny feels great about her successful HOH reign. Her target left. Mission accomplished. Keesha is worried about how Ollie will react. And Dan, the swing vote, had some parting words for April who tried to buy him off: "Guess what, April? I'm not here for $5,000. I'm here for $500,000." So, Dan is there to win.

One thing we found out for sure tonight: Dan may or may not win Big Brother, but he is certainly there to play. A recap of last night's Big Brother is after the jump ...

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Big Brother: Nominations #4

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 4th 2008 9:20AM
The HOH comp(S10E10) When we left the houseguests on Wednesday night, Angie had just been evicted and they were still battling it out for the next HOH. Michelle was sad to see Angie go but had no choice in her vote considering Jessie was on the block. Jessie is nervous for the competition because he didn't "kiss anyone's tail" last week. Memphis said more of the same and was ready for a fight. The three of them know that they are in trouble of Keesha's alliance gets HOH.

Let's find out what happened after the jump...

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Big Brother After Dark (July 31st)

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 1st 2008 1:01AM
Jessie and Michelle The eviction ceremony just aired over here in California. We left the houseguests as they stood on the edge of a big fake wall as if they were about to jump to their deaths off the ledge of a building.

And of course, obsessive as I am, I tuned in to ShoToo for Big Brother After Dark directly after the show. I have spoilers to share.

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Big Brother 10: Nomination Ceremony #2

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 21st 2008 6:35AM
Steven, the gay rodeo champion
(S10E04) Tonight, we learned a valuable lesson in hamster survival. Going to see the HOH's bedroom is the best play a hamster can make in this game. Find out who got nominated under Jessie's rule and who's on slop for the week after the jump.

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Big Brother After Dark (July 19)

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 19th 2008 6:25PM
LibraAnother report about what's going on in the Big Brother 10 house...

Jackie already told you that the nominations have been made, the food competition has been played, the POV has been played. At this point however, the POV ceremony has not been held yet. Anything can happen. Everyone has something to gain or lose. So tensions are high and everyone is scheming.

There's spoilers after the jump. Read at your own risk.

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Spike's new cop show

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 30th 2008 7:06PM
Spike TV logo Get more action Spike TV has a new cop show called Real Vice Cops Uncut. The show, which is taped in Memphis and Orlando, will rides along with real police officers involved in the world of narcotics, prostitution and gambling. It will be about undercover vice divisions and give audiences a taste of just how dangerous and unpredictable it is.

It sounds interesting, but I have to point out one thing. Isn't the mission compromised when the guy with the camera crew walks in? Just a thought.

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Memphis. M-E-M-P-H-I-S. Memphis.

by Mikalah Gordon, posted Jan 24th 2007 2:42PM

Mikalah GordonBefore I begin, I would like to inform you on something: I had an audition of my very own this week to decide who was going to be my fish of the month. (Usually, my fish only last for about a month.) Luckily, I have welcomed Vinny the Beta Fish into my home, and we are off to a great start.

We start our second week off in good ol' Memphis. Thank God I once had a spelling bee with the word Memphis, or we could have been in some serious spelling trouble. It was absolutely another drama-filled hour of television.
Sixteen-year-old Timika Sims kept us so entertained with her complete lack of personality and pronunciation, and she was able to top it off by sounding absolutely nothing like her idol, Ashanti. The issue here is Ashanti isn't that good to begin with, so to sound even worse was a little frightening.

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Sundance and "Jesus" throw down in Memphis

by Jon Peter Lewis, posted Jan 24th 2007 11:41AM

jon peter lewisSomething lit a fire under the folks in Memphis tonight. Maybe because the odds favor finding someone from the 16,000 who showed up, or maybe just because Jesus decided to audition too? Who knows, but there was some damn fine talent finally!

I actually really liked Jesus, Osama, or Sean (whatever he calls himself) and Sundance, who -- now that I think about it -- looks a lot like Satan. I wonder, though, aside from bringing heaven and hell together, what American Idol will be able to do for these guys once the show is over. I'm sad to say I don't know how much their individuality will matter to me once I've seen them in a Ford commercial or do one of those song-and-dance numbers. I'm trying to forget how many times I had to throw up my jazz hands.

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American Idol: Memphis auditions

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 24th 2007 12:20AM
Sundance Head(S06E03) We're in Memphis, Tennessee -- home of Al Green, B.B. King, and the one-and-only Elvis Presley. This week, 16,000 people turned up, all convinced that they've got what it takes to be the next American Idol. But only 22 of them earn a golden ticket to Hollywood, meaning that searching for an American Idol is a lot like looking for a needle in a freaking (or freaky) haystack.

Luckily this week's auditions aren't nearly as bizarre as last week's, and the judges' comments aren't quite so cruel (or maybe I've just become desensitized to it). But there's still more "bad" auditions shown than "good." And as expected, Simon "I'm-just-being-honest" Cowell is as cranky and rude as ever, especially towards an over-zealous cheerleader who brought his squad as back-up. But there's some amazingly positive comments too -- from Simon, of all people.

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