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News Briefs: TNT Cancels Memphis Beat

BIG NEWS

... Memphis Beat is eating a fried peanut butter sandwich on the toilet. TNT has canceled the series after two seasons. The drama, which starred Jason Lee as a Elvis-impersonating detective, had been on the bubble after its Season 2 finale in August. [Variety]

... Can't wait to see Grimm, NBC's fairy-tale cop drama procedural (yes, you read that right)? Well stop Tweeting about your boring trips to Walgreen's and McDonald's and start following the show's official Twitter account (@NBCGrimm)! Starting today, those who follow the show's Twitter feed will receive a direct message with information on how to watch the premiere early. If you follow me, I will send you a direct message with information about my cats. [Associated Press]

... The rich man's Highlights for Kids, better known as Forbes, has tallied the year's highest-paid TV actors. Topping the list are three guys who are no longer on TV. Wait, what? Yup, Charlie Sheen, Ray Romano, and Steve Carell took the first, second, and third spots in the top ten. This may not make sense, but neither did paying Charlie Sheen $1.25 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. [Radar Online]

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... Shonda Rhimes is still producing TV shows like there's no tomorrow. Her latest is headed to Fox and was written by Diane Ruggiero (The Ex List), who I've interviewed and who is a fascinating person. The dramedy is set in the 1980s and follows a teenager who poses as an adult so she can work at a bar in New Jersey. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NYPD Blue creators Steven Bochco and David Milch are developing a new drama for NBC. The untitled drama follows a lawyer in Washington D.C. with a dark secret. As if there are D.C. lawyers out there without any dark secrets. [TV Guide]

... You know who's funny? Aasif Mandvi, the guy from The Daily Show and those Taco Bell commercials. He's sold a comedy to CBS starring himself as a recently divorced marriage counselor. Wait a second, does CBS know he isn't white? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Super cool network FX is working on three four new projects: Bunker is about a female cop psychologist, Laredo is a crime drama set on the Texas/Mexico border, The Americans is an espionage drama set during the 1980s, and Scar Tissue is based on Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis' life. No shows about pot-smoking dogs? Ehhh... [THR]

CASTING NEWS

... One of my favorite shows—which I can't watch anymore because I don't have DirecTV and I'm an honest citizen—is adding some firepower to its cast. Damages has recruited Ryan Phillippe to play a major role in the fifth (and final?) season of the legal thriller. He'll play a Julian Assange-type character who asks Ellen for help. I approve of this casting. [TV Line]

... Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam is enrolling at Greendale Community College! He'll guest-star as the choir director in Community's Christmas episode. [TV Line]

... Alan Dale (Lost's Charles Widmore) will face off against Ben once again! Dale has booked a role on CBS' Person of Interest, where the opportunity to see him share the screen with Michael Emerson again is making my head throb. Get him, Ben! [EW]

'LIKE, DUH' NEWS

... A former producer on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives has said that host and celeb chef Guy Fieri is an anti-Semitic, homophobic jerk. [OC Weekly]


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I am just hearing that they cancelled Memphis Beat! I am furious! Jason Lee rocks! They did a great job on this cast & it was original! You suck TNT. Bring it back!
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Why are did you cancel Memphis Beat it was a great southern show. It had style and great music. You must think everything has to be a love story . Please let me why?
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Sad day when i read that my family's favorite show was cancelled. There are very few shows left that are wholesome and entertaining. For one hour a week this was family time only It will be greatly missed.:(
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Losing Dwight and the other characters on "Memphis Beat" is like losing friends. Maybe if enough fans request USA or TBS to pick MB up, we can get our buddies back?
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Losing Detective Dwight Hendricks is like losing a friend! Maybe if enough fans request USA or TBS to pick it up, we can get "Memphis Beat" back?
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This sucks I was a big fan of the beat.
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I loved this show. this was a great new show. what are they thinking.
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Seeing that Steven Bocho has sold a show to NBC reminds of a mindless rant I saw on TV Guide.com's comment section about how people should stop watching network TV shows because creators like Bocho were abandoning the networks for the "freedom" of the cable networks. That commenter seems even more toolish in light of this latest development.
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I was kinda expecting Memphis Beat to be let go, since the writers seem to let the storylines go. I read Forbe's list for the highest paid actresses on tv... Is anyone else bothered that Eva Longoria makes just as much as Tina Fey?
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FX is working on four new projects according to this info, not three.
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Shh... extreme_ver1. Tim is sensitive about his difficulty with numbers.
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Sad sad news, it is a proved thing, even if it is a cop show you can not be different. I loved everything of this show, from the music down.
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cannot agree more.. it wasn't the best maybe but it was the most original cop show in tv, and as an only-ten-episode-summer-show it deserved to continue, how much of a burden this show could be on the channel, anyway?
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Sad news about Memphis Beat, one of my favorite cop-shows
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Shonda Rhimes needs to stop making shows.
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Grimm will just be cancelled like everything else good on NBC, except Community (thank god that hasnt been cancelled)



I really hope its good and pulls in good ratings.
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i liked memphis beat, jason lee did a stellar job in every episode, it shouldn't have been cancelled
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Memphis Beat was a WONDERFUL series and TNT made a mistake. IMHO, it is on the same level as the canceling of Star Trek by NBC. Yeah, NBC thought the series wasn't worth it until later when it became a billion dollar machine. No, I don't see Memphis Beat having this level of success, but it was fun, exciting, and one of the very few series for which I'll watch it in real time instead of via my DVR or PVR. Yeah, I'd even sat through those commercials for it.
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regarding guy fieri if you don't lke people ANY kind of people don't expect them to support and further your career. ask hitler and mel gibson!
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MB was a good show, of all police/crime shows it was cool and had a good twist.
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