April 23, 2014

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‘Memphis Beat’ continues marching on for a second season

HollywoodNews.com: TNT is ordering a second helping of its hit series “Memphis Beat,” starring Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”) and Alfre Woodard (“Three Rivers”). TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season of the series, which also stars DJ Qualls (“Hustle & Flow”). The show is slated to return in 2011.
“Memphis Beat” premiered June 22 and quickly established itself as one of the summer’s hottest shows. In its first season, “Memphis Beat” averaged 4.7 million viewers and ranked as one of ad-supported cable’s Top 5 new series of the summer and the #1 Tuesday series among adults 25-54. “Memphis Beat” was created by Liz W. Garcia (Cold Case) and Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight). The series comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television.
“’Memphis Beat’ is a real treasure: a slightly off-center crime drama with great actors, memorable characters and a soundtrack steeped in Memphis sounds,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We look forward to another fantastic season next year.”
In “Memphis Beat,” Lee plays Dwight Hendricks, a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. Woodard plays Lt. Tanya Rice, a demanding boss determined to keep Dwight on a short leash. Qualls co-stars as Davey Sutton, a uniform cop who considers himself to be Dwight’s protégé.
Also starring are Celia Weston (Junebug) as Dwight’s effervescent mother; Sam Hennings (Saving Grace) as Charlie White, aka Whitehead, Dwight’s seasoned, hypertensive partner; Leonard Earl Howze (Barbershop) as Reginald Greenback, a fellow detective struggling to make ends meet with two teenage daughters; and Abraham Benrubi (ER) as Sgt. JC Lightfoot, an officer who uses Chickasaw tribal wisdom in his police work.
Three-time Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Keb’ Mo’ (Honeydripper) provides Memphis Beat’s intoxicating, blues-laced soundtrack, including the infectious title song.
The first season of “Memphis Beat” was executive-produced by Clooney, Heslov, Garcia, Harto, Scott Kaufer (Boston Legal) and John Fortenberry (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Sean Whitesell (House M.D.) and Smokehouse Pictures’ Abby Wolf-Weiss are co-executive producers.
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“The Closer” wraps up summer season with 7.2 million viewers

HollywoodNews.com: TNT’s “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” which rank as ad-supported cable’s top two series of all time, wrapped up their summer seasons last night with stellar deliveries. “The Closer,” starring newly crowned Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, chalked up 7.2 million viewers in Live + Same Day. “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, followed with 6.6 million viewers.
“TNT’s “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” have made this a summer to remember, from their record-breaking ratings to Kyra Sedgwick’s big night at the Emmys,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “’The Closer’ proved that a series in its sixth season can continue to reach entirely new creative levels while also building in audience. ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ brought two exciting new personalities to television and quickly established itself as a hit in its own right. We are extremely proud of both series and the tremendous success they have enjoyed.”
The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles summer 2010 ratings highlights include:
Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer rank as ad-supported cable’s #1 and #2 series of all time among viewers and households. The two series mark the first time in ad-supported cable history that a network has claimed two shows averaging more than 8 million viewers.
“Rizzoli & Isles” and “The Closer” also rank as the top scripted series on all of television in delivery of total viewers and households for Q3-to-date.
Last night’s summer finale of “The Closer” garnered an extraordinary 7,209,000 viewers and 5,426,000 households in Live + Same Day delivery. “Rizzoli & Isles” followed with 6,559,000 viewers and 5,047,000 households.
According to Live + 7 data through Aug. 23, the phenomenal first season of “Rizzoli & Isles” is averaging 8.7 million viewers and 6.4 million households. “The Closer,” which is in its sixth season, is enjoying its best numbers ever, with 8.4 million viewers and 6.2 million households in Live + 7, up 3% over last season.
“Rizzoli & Isles’” July 12 premiere holds the record as cable’s most successful series launch of all time, with more than 9 million viewers and 6.7 million households in Live + 7 delivery. The Aug. 9 episode currently ranks as ad-supported cable’s top scripted series telecast for the year-to-date, with 9.3 million viewers and 6.8 million households in Live + 7.
“The Closer’s” July 12 [...]