"Memphis Beat" was a police drama that centered around Memphis detective, Dwight Hendricks, a quirky, blues lover with a strong attachment to his hometown. Hendricks, played by former "My Name is Earl" star Jason Lee, often found himself at odds with his straight-laced boss Lieutenant Tanya Rice, played by Alfre Woodard, during the show's episodes.
The show, developed by George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, aired for two seasons on TNT from June 2010 to August 2011. Originally titled "Delta Blues," the show's creators later renamed it, despite the fact that the film crew shot most of the show's scenes in New Orleans and Laplace, Louisiana, with only key location and exterior shots of its title city.
On Oct. 17, 2011, TNT elected not to pick up a third season of the show, citing low viewing numbers. The news came on the heels of the sale of another drama to NBC by series co-creators Liz Garcia and Josh Harto. Garcia told the Los Angeles Times that the "Memphis Beat" script's writers took chances and reinvented genres in a way only explored by cable television. In an interview with The Flickcast, Jason Lee echoed this sentiment, stating that he was drawn to the show because of its uniqueness.