A Peek At The Premiere Of The New TNT Series Memphis Beat

Many of today’s best series hook into a song and use it to build the story and the drama. So how could blues , Southern charm, and crime generously mixed together not get my full attention? Memphis Beat deserves a double play. Its title reflects music; its title reflects a cop’s route.

Blues singer/songwriter Keb’ Mo’ supplements classic Memphis song tracks with original compositions and performances. I can’t wait to see and here more. I love that sound.

I also love a good mystery. I was drawn into the drama. The filming reflected a city with atmosphere and history. I enjoyed the moon-lighting country-musician main character (also Elvis impersonator) Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) true to his own connections and to his mother. The fact that he is a full time police detective opens every story to lots of conflicts and complications. The episode one title “That’s All Right, Mama,” is a great plot lead in.

When Dwight’s assignment is routine, he seethes in anger until he looks at an unidentified battered old woman and begins to remember…. His mind travels back through the years to the radio music he listened to nightly. Then he realizes the old woman was the famous DJ who mesmerized her audiences. The case seems open and shut; however, he is unsatisfied and continues to dig in as two bodies turn up. His co-workers back his instincts. His boss Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodward) doesn’t until….

This Smokehouse Pictures drama series produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov premieres Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at 10 P. M. ET/PT on TNT Tuesdays. I think I am going to rewind now and watch its second run.

Here’s a peek at the series premiere episode.

3 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I have been waiting to talk about this new show. I had put it on my DVR to record just to give it a try. The beginning was slow and I thought, bummer, this show isn’t going to be any good. Just as I was about to delete it from my DVR lineup, the show did a 180 turn. It went from dull to enthralling in 2.1 seconds. Once they showed Dottie Collins (the Memphis first lady of the airwaves), I was sucked right in. From there I felt the Memphis culture and loyalty. It made me yearn to be part of such a historic town. I loved the story line and then when he was on stage at the end it tied the slow beginning together for me more. It will stay on my dvr rotation and I am actually looking forward to seeing it again.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing this show. I hope it is as good as Leverage, it is so nice that there are some shows that are not reruns during the summer. The music is a unique touch also.

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