Jason Lee, fresh off a four-year stint on NBC’s quirky “My Name is Earl,” has signed on to star in a possible TNT drama called “Delta Blues.”
In the pilot episode, he’ll play a Memphis cop who also moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. There are no guarantees TNT will actually turn it into a series but the fact the Atlanta-based network sent out a press release about it bodes well for its future. And George Clooney is involved as an executive producer.
Lee is also working with sister station Adult Swim on a possible live-action skateboarding comedy, according to Hollywood Reporter.
This is from the press release:
The pilot for DELTA BLUES, which comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television, will be directed by Emmy® nominee Clark Johnson (The Shield) from a script by Liz M. Garcia (Cold Case) and actor Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight). Clooney, Heslov and Garcia serve as executive producers. Henry Bronchtein (The Sopranos) and Smokehouse’s Abby Wolf-Weiss are co-executive producers, and Harto is a producer. Johnson will also receive an executive-producer credit for the pilot.
Sister station TBS almost signed on to do more “My Name is Earl” episodes for a fifth season but the studio and TBS couldn’t work out the budgets.