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Cheers & Jeers: Memphis Beat — Don't Be Cruel!

Jason Lee

Cheers to Memphis Beat for getting into the right rhythm for Season 2.

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When Jason Lee's TNT crime dramedy debuted, it felt like a ... read more

Ask Matt: Closer, True Blood, Eureka, Mad Men, Terriers and More

J.K. Simmons and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

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Question: I absolutely love The Closer! It's one of my favorite shows and I am always so eager to watch that I usually don't even wait for my DVR to get ahead enough to allow me to skip commercials. This season started off with a bang and I've loved it, but I'm a little concerned. What will happen if Brenda does become chief? On one hand, as a woman, I think it would be great for the character to be a female Chief of Police in Los Angeles. On the other hand, I am afraid for what that would mean for her position as a "closer." If she gets some distance from the cases, how can she possibly get all of those confessions that have the audience on the edge of their seats? Plus, I have not enjoyed the rather jerk-like qualities this whole process has brought out in Pope. I know he's got his heart set on being chief, but it seems a little uncharacteristic for him to be such a jerk now when he has not gone completely into that territory before. Please tell me that whatever is in the works is going to maintain the same quality of scripts and keep Brenda right in the middle of the action! Do you have any insight into the rest of the season or what impact this whole development would have for the future of the show? — Beth

Matt Roush: Now that's a true sign of devotion, watching a show in real time, not DVR time. I'm very fond of The Closer as well.... read more

True Blood Episode Recap: "Night on the Sun"

On Sunday's episode of True Blood, as Sookie recovers, Alcide is called away to deal with a family emergency. Lafayette's nutjob mom (Alfre Woodard) is back. Sam and Tommy are fighting; Jessica and Bill make up. Jason tries to get to the bottom of Crystal's behavior. And it's moving day for Sophie-Anne!

I apologize, my Blood brothers and sisters. I was in Los Angeles for the fall TV previews last week so I wasn't able to recap "Hitting the Ground." And unfortunately, I'm out of town again this week to deal with my own family emergency involving a whole mess of lobster and hopefully some beach time. In my absence, please use this space to post your thoughts on "Night on the Sun."

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Alfre Woodard's Got the Beat!

Alfre Woodard

The only complaint Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has about her latest role? The humidity. "Oh, my goodness! We're in our fourth month and everybody is like, 'I just need a breath of air that has no moisture in it,'" laughs the actress, who's been filming the new cop drama Memphis Beat (Tuesday, 10/9c, TNT) in New Orleans. Other than that, it sounds like the good times are rolling in the Big Easy... read more

The Summer Dregs: Memphis Beat, Downfall

Jason Lee and Chris Jericho

The good news about this year's bumper crop of new summer TV: There's plenty of it. (I spent much of the last few days wading through a mid-July burst of new crime-drama premieres.) The bad news: There's too much of it, and too little of it — at least from what I've seen so far — is any good. (I'm talking about the brand new stuff here, which keeps on coming whether we particularly want it to or not.) At this point, I'm beginning to pine for good old repeats.

Tuesday night provided two particularly painful examples: TNT's dreary Memphis Beat crime drama and ABC's insipid Downfall game show.

Memphis is particularly disappointing... read more

Memphis Beat Episode Recap: It's Alright Mama"

On the season premiere of Memphis Beat, we receive quite a welcome into the bluesy city of Memphis! From an Elvis impersonator (next office party anyone?), to a bloody Slurpee mess (eww!), to a boob lamp (where can I get one of these?) we know we may not get the expected. What we do know is the good ol' boy detectives seem to have the run of their precinct, but change is coming in the form of a new lieutenant.

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Cheers & Jeers: What's It All About, Alfre?

Alfre Woodard, Memphis Beat

Jeers to Memphis Beat for saddling Alfre Woodard with another one-note role.

The 14-time Emmy nominee (she's won four — for Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The Practice and the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys) has lately been wasted in throwaway authority-figure parts on subpar shows like Three Rivers and My Own Worst Enemy. TNT's new cop dramedy is no exception, as Woodard's by-the-book boss mostly stands around scowling at Jason Lee's maverick Tennessee detective... read more

Marvel Puts Black Panther Into Motion with Digital Series

Black Panther

Marvel continues to mine its vast collection of super heroes with a new motion comic, Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? The 12-part series — debuting Tuesday on iTunes, Xbox Live, Microsoft Zune and PlayStation Network — is based on the 2005-08 comic book series written by Reginald Hudlin, the former entertainment president of BET. Hudlin is an executive producer and wrote the motion comic, which was originally planned as a TV series for BET. (A Marvel spokesperson says the series was shifted to digital following the success of previous motion comics Spider-Woman, Astonishing X-Men and Iron Man: Extremis.)

Black Panther
, created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby... read more

True Blood Episode Recap: "Beautifully Broken"

On Sunday's episode of True Blood, Bill gets a proposition from the King of Mississippi. Sookie and Eric team up to find him while fending off werewolves. Tara, Jason and Lafayette all meet new love interests, while Sam meets his family.

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TNT and TBS Announce New Shows, Summer Schedule

Conan O'Brien and Don Cheadle

You've heard about Conan O'Brien's new late-night show. He's joined in TNT and TBS' new lineup by Angie Harmon, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Noah Wyle, Alfre Woodard and Jason Lee, the networks announced Thursday.

TNT is launching two scripted series this summer. Memphis Beat stars Lee as an Elvis-loving cop who... read more

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