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Alfre Woodard: The woman in charge, short-term

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People like to cast Alfre Woodard as a woman of power, but why can’t she keep it? After the disappointments known as NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy and CBS’ Three Rivers, Woodard is heading to cable in the TNT pilot Delta Blues, exec produced by George Clooney. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll play a new police lieutenant who tries to rein in a Memphis cop (Jason Lee) who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

The good news: IF the show gets picked up, TNT should let it play out its first season no matter what. The bad news: That sounds like a USA show to me, not a TNT series. (Then again, USA shows are doing well now….)

Do you think Delta Blues sounds like a hit, or is Woodard one series away from being known as a show killer?

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