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Jason Lee (’My Name is Earl’) playing Elvis impersonator in new TNT drama pilot


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.

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November 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

Love Jason Lee, never watched Earl, but this sounds a little more compelling.

Dilly Dally

November 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Never saw MY NAME IS EARL when it was on NBC, but have been watching it on TBS and WPCH. That show is hilarious. Can’t believe NBC canceled it, but then again NBC is toast these days.


November 19th, 2009
12:27 pm

Big fan of Jason Lee (Mall Rats, Almost Famous, Earl, Chasing Amy, Dogma) Skipped Alvin & The Chipmunks (but that had to be an easy paycheck and a fun gig) I would wath any TV show that he was a part of,