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Memphis Beat - a new series by TNT - premieres tonight at 10  

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This offbeat series stars Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) as Dwight Hendricks, a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother.  Alfre Woodard (Three Rivers) plays Lt. Tanya Rice, a demanding boss determined to keep Dwight on a short leash.  Also starring in MEMPHIS BEAT are Celia Weston (Junebug) as Dwight’s mother; Sam Hennings as Charlie White, aka Whitehead, his partner; Robyn Lively (Saving Grace) as Charlene, Dwight’s ex-wife; Leonard Earl Howze (Barbershop) as Reginald Greenback, a detective who works with Dwight and Whitehead; Abraham Benrubi (ER), a detective who uses Chickasaw tribal wisdom in his work; and DJ Qualls (My Name Is Earl) as Sutton, Dwight’s protégé.

MEMPHIS BEAT comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television.  The pilot was directed by Emmy® nominee Clark Johnson (The Shield) from a script by Liz W. Garcia (Cold Case) and actor Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight).  Clooney, Heslov and Garcia serve as executive producers.  Henry Bronchtein (The Sopranos) and Smokehouse’s Abby Wolf-Weiss are co-executive producers, and Harto is a producer.  In addition, Johnson served as executive-producer on the pilot.

I have loved Jason Lee since My Name is Earl, and Alfre Woodard is an exceptional actress! I loved this pre-screener that I received and look forward to watching the show tonight! 

Visit the TNT Memphis Beat site for an exclusive music video, Behind the Scenes videos, and a sneak peek of tonight's show.

Disclaimer: I was sent a pre-screener of the TV show named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.

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