Jason Lee, who starred for four seasons in the critically acclaimed comedy "My Name Is Earl," has been cast in the lead role of the TNT pilot "Delta Blues." He will play Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.
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.
"Jason Lee is the ideal choice to bring the compelling, off-kilter Dwight Hendricks to life," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With extraordinary talent in front of and behind the camera, along with an outstanding script, 'Delta Blues' is shaping up to be a hugely entertaining show and a great fit with our lineup of original dramas."