TNT Cancels ‘Memphis Beat’ After Two Seasons

TNT has canceled its cop show “Memphis Beat.” This was the series that starred Jason Lee — best known for starring in the title role in “My Name is Earl” on NBC — as an Elvis-loving, guitar-strumming detective on the Memphis PD. It lasted two seasons, but according to various trade press reports — including […]

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NBC Beats Writer Who Sued Over ‘My Name Is Earl’

By Eriq Gardner LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – NBC has prevailed in a lawsuit brought by a writer who claimed that the network stole a screenplay to create the hit series “My Name is Earl.” Mark Gable sued NBC Universal in 2008, claiming the network took copyrighted elements from his screenplay “Karma” to create “Earl,” […]

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Jason Lee to Guest Star on ‘Raising Hope’

Jason Lee can check off another item on his Karma list. The former ‘My Name Is Earl’ star is reuniting with his old boss Greg Garcia for an upcoming episode of Garcia’s new show ‘Raising Hope,’ Fox announced Monday. Jason Lee will guest star as a washed up rock-star named Smokey Daniels, who’s hired to […]

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TNT Renews ‘HawthoRNe’ and ‘Memphis Beat’

Good news for fans of headstrong nurses and crooning, crime-solving Southern boys: TNT has ordered new seasons of both ‘HawthoRNe’ and ‘Memphis Beat.’ ‘Memphis Beat,’ starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, made its debut in June and emerged as one of ad-supported cable’s Top 5 series of the summer. Its second season will be comprised […]

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TV’s Top Paychecks: The Ka-Chings That Make Us Go ‘Hmm’

Who makes the most money on TV? You might think you know, but some of the industry’s top earners will surprise you. Certainly, you can guess the identity of TV’s highest-paid personality – it’s Oprah Winfrey, of course. She draws an estimated $315 million annually, far and away the most money of anyone currently appearing […]

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Jason Lee: A Southern-Fried Cop in ‘Memphis Beat’

BY: Frazier Moore AP Television Writer NEW YORK – When Jason Lee was approached for ‘Memphis Beat,’ he didn’t hesitate. “My first thought was, ‘Hell, no! It’s a big workload.’” He’d learned his lesson after four seasons headlining the comedy ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and responded, “I don’t think so.” He had another, maybe less […]

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ETs, Sexy Sleuths & More: TNT OKs Three New Series

TNT, the home of such hits as ‘The Closer‘ and ‘Leverage,’ has picked up three new series – each fronted by a familiar face. From producer Steven Spielberg comes a yet-to-be-titled drama about the aftermath of an alien invasion. ‘ER‘ alum Noah Wyle stars as the leader of a human resistance effort. Moon Bloodgood (‘Day […]

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