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.