On Music and Cop Shows

I received another email today from my friends at YouCast telling me about Turner Global Domination's (Kidding, It's TNT, but honestly, aren't they heading that way?) new show, Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee. Now, I have to say that even though I've not been a fan of My Name Is Earl and continually wondered how it dodged the programming axe year after year, I haven't turned my back on him completely since his Mallrats days.

Anyway, now he's no longer a country bumpkin (or maybe he still is, but that kinda ruins my segue) getting himself into trouble ... he's a cop.

TNT says:
Memphis Beat centers on Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. He is "the keeper of Memphis," a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city's history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene.
Coming off the heels of watching all of Treme, where in my opinion the music was just as good as the story, and the actors fantastic, I am actually looking forward to what Memphis Beat could deliver. With Keb Mo' at the musical helm, if the storyline and characters hold up.... this could be very, very good. Apparently it debuted a couple of weeks ago, so you can go catch up on back episodes.

If this sounds like something you might like, you can see more of Memphis Beat here.

Edited to add: Since the show is three weeks old, I previewed Episode 1 last night and I have to admit, it didn't disappoint. The music was quite good, the story solid, and the characters compelling (though in my opinion it suffered from the same necessary hook issues that all pilots have).

*PS Despite the tag "mike sells out", I'm actually not getting paid for this. The folks at YouCast did say they'd send me some Memphis Hot Sauce in exchange for this post. But really, I just like to talk about TV and music whenever anyone will listen.

Posted bythemikestand at 12:13 PM  

2 stepped up to the mike:

bethany actually said... 9:21 PM, July 14, 2010  

My reaction to "Memphis Beat" can me summed up as, Meh. However, I loved "My Name Is Earl." :-)

themikestand said... 2:20 PM, August 10, 2010  

Honestly, the show is watchable, but not earth shattering. It'll fill the summer gap nicely :)

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