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'Memphis Beat' premiere review: Good rhythms

Memphis Beat pushed his way to watch TV, at first as if it was just another cop show. Worse, a cop show with a "break-the-rules" facing a rebel "by the book" boss. Worse, another cop show with an Elvis impersonator sight-gag.

But soon, the charm of Jason Lee Memphis Police Detective Dwight Hendricks began to insinuate themselves in the hour. Dwight Lee's is a polite, modest man with a smart toughness - like its hero, Elvis Presley was in his prime. (And no, while Dwight may Croon Elvis songs on this show, he was not an impersonator - the white-jumpsuited scammers were relegated to a few short seconds.) As for his new boss, Lt. Tanya Rice, she was played by Alfre Woodard with a warmth and spiky humor that quickly transcended the usual stiff Grump role this kind of character in this genre usually offers.
Memphis beat, made by Liz. W. Harto (Cold Case) and Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight) and George Clooney as one of the producers, is steeped in Memphis soul. The night of the main plot turned on the case of an old woman who was assaulted a legendary Memphis disc jockey to be. Dwight grew up listening to her, and spoke intensely of the hearing and felt that Presley "he said everything I felt only the sound of his voice. "Every show that the wisdom that is imparted to the sound of a voice, and values are not necessarily the words that are sung, is a show with her own soul.

By the end were Lee Woodard, and playing off each other as if they already beat Memphis doing for many months. And while the crime was carried out to solve the hard way all these shows to cable, there was an easy flow to the rhythm of the stories that Memphis Beat got away from the pack of TNT and the United States shows crime. Not sure how good DJ Qualls, playing a sort of bumbling Barney Fife on Andy Griffith Dwight, will develop, though.

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