Renewal Alert: Memphis Beat, Hung, The Walking Dead

Today, two summer shows and one fall show that hasn’t aired yet saw renewals for another season including Hung, Memphis Beat, and The Walking Dead.

Looks like we’ll be seeing more of Thomas Jane’s man parts, Jason Lee doing a southern accent and zombies attacking a guy on a horse.

Look again. Now the horse is diamonds.

Hung has received an order for a third season following the strong numbers of the its second. The show follows the life of high school coach Ray Drecker who decides to take up male prostitution to make enough money to continue living comfortably.

I’m not the biggest fan of this show. I gave all of season one a shot back in May and never really got into it. Thomas Jane never really felt like he did humor that well in the show. The finale for season two will air Sunday September 12th on HBO.

The second show to get the renewal treatment is the freshman series Memphis Beat on TNT. Following its very strong showing of close to four million viewers an episode, the decision was easy for TNT to renew the show. I’ve followed the program all through season one and let me tell you, it’s good. It stars Jason Lee as Detective Dwight Hendricks of the Memphis P.D. I’ve recently dubbed the show as “Justified Lite.” It’s a very well made cop procedural with a lot of heart and charm. Oh, and some great jazz/blues music.

Memphis Beat also marks TNT’s second renewal of a summer freshman series. The other being Rizzoli & Isles which serves to be a huge hit for the network this year and was renewed for a second season back in July.

But that’s not all. The new AMC series The Walking Dead has been renewed for a second season. Keep in mind that the series doesn’t premiere until October 31st. So depending on how the show actually does in the ratings, this might be a bit premature by AMC. There is no other comment to be made until the show premieres.

Updated: Frank Darabont has clarified that there are currently no officially announced plans for a second season of The Walking Dead. Though if it kicks ass, like it probably will, we’ll probably have to write an article saying that now there is a second season. But right now, not so much.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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