Jason Lee, who you know from everything from Mallrats to My Name is Earl, will be the lead in the new TNT pilot Delta Blues. His character is Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer. Right away you’ll notice two distinguishing facts about Hendricks: he lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. (Cue our collective “Yeaaaa, Lee DOES kinda look like Elvis!)
Big names surround Delta Blues, so there’s reason to have confidence in it already. Aside from Lee, there’s Emmy-nominated Clark Johnson (The Shield) who will be directing, actor Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight), a script by Liz M. Garcia (Cold Case) and executive producers George Clooney (maybe you’re heard of him/had erotic fantasies wherein he is the star?) and Grant Heslov with Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television.
“Jason Lee is the ideal choice to bring the compelling, off-kilter Dwight Hendricks to life,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “With extraordinary talent in front of and behind the camera, along with an outstanding script, DELTA BLUES is shaping up to be a hugely entertaining show and a great fit with our lineup of original dramas.”