After sporting the world's most infamous mustache on "My Name Is Earl" for the past few years, Jason Lee's new series, "Memphis Beat" (TNT, 10 p.m.) must seem like a relief.
Still, the new series has some goofiness of its own with Lee as the top detective in Memphis, when he isn't moonlighting as a blues singer on Beale Street.
"Memphis Beat" is the latest in TNT's group of dramas that aren't quite quirky enough as to be funny, nor intense enough where you feel something is on the line.
But Lee has enough charm where "Beat" might be worth checking out as a show that might grow on you. It'd be a better show if the writers could figure out the humor/tension mix on better cable fare such as "Rescue Me" or "Burn Notice," but perhaps it's also unfair to compare a new series to two of cable's best offerings.
"Beat" follows the season premiere of TNT's "HawthoRNe," which I gave up on last year because it fell well short of the bar set by fellow nurse-centric "Nurse Jackie."
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC delivers its own unique spin on the game show genre with the return of "Wipeout," (ABC, 8 p.m.) where people get knocked over by giant rubber balls and fall into mudpits, and I seem to laugh every time they do. It's followed by the new game show "High Rise," in which host Chris Jericho asks contestants trivia questions, and I think they get thrown off a high rise if they miss them. Or the prizes do. I forget which.
Also of note Tuesday is the always-fun "Ashes To Ashes" (BBC America, 10 p.m.), because TV can never have too much Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister).
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