How the Writers' Strike, a Cross-Country Trip and a Little Music Helped Create Memphis Beat


Married TV writers Liz Garcia and Josh Harto found themselves with some time off during the writers' strike of 2007-08, so they decided to hit the road. They drove cross-country, including through Memphis, where Harto used to take trips with his country musician grandfather. They fell in love with the city, and the idea for a TV show was born. Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee as loveable, Elvis-obsessed Detective Dwight Hendricks, debuted on June 22 and focuses on its characters as much as the crime of the week. Garcia talked to TVGuide.com about the show's origins and what's to come this season.


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