According to Deadline, “off-beat” (see what they did there?) cop drama Memphis Beat is being canceled after its second season. Huh? We felt like we never heard about this show, but here’s what TNT says about it:
Memphis Beat centers on Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. He is “the keeper of Memphis,” a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city’s history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene. . .
[It] was created by Liz W. Garcia (Cold Case) and Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight), who also wrote the first two episodes. Harto, who grew up in the South and has spent a lot of time with his country-musician grandfather, sees the show’s setting as a chance to spotlight one of America’s great cities. “Memphis has been largely forgotten in film and TV today,” he says. “It’s where the blues and Johnny Cash and Elvis came from. It’s where Martin Luther King was assassinated and where Isaac Hayes and Aretha Franklin were born and raised. It’s the perfect blend of drama and humor for our show.”
In addition to the Memphis blues soundtrack, legendary Keb’ Mo’ wrote original music for the series, too. Sounds like it coulda been kinda good, right? Maybe? Did you watch this one, and if so, what did you think? Is it a gem that slipped through the cracks?
(Meanwhile, the news blurb also says that Franklin & Bash, which we thought was already canceled, was just renewed.) It’s a fast, fast world where things you never heard of are already gone after already having been around long enough to be old news.