TNT greenlights George Clooney pilot

'Delta Blues' centers on a cop who is an Elvis impersonator

TNT is singing the "Delta Blues," greenlighting a drama pilot executive produced by George Clooney.

"Delta," from Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, was penned by Liz Garcia ("Cold Case") and Josh Harto. It centers on an outstanding but unusual Memphis cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator and lives with his mother.

Clooney, Heslov, Garcia and Harto are executive producing. Smokehouse's Abby Wolf-Weiss also is expected to receive a producing credit.

"Delta" was put in development at TNT about a year and a half ago and was included in the cable network's development slate during its May 2008 upfront presentation. That explains Smokehouse and Warner Horizon's collaboration on the project; the two parted ways in June, when Clooney and Heslov moved their production banner to Sony.

"Delta" marks the first pilot for Smokehouse. With previous producing partner Steven Soderbergh, Clooney fielded two improv series, "K Street" and "Unscripted," the latter also executive produced by Heslov. Both shows had 10-episode runs on HBO.

TNT has been high on cop dramas with such series as "The Closer," "Saving Grace" and, most recently, "Dark Blue." The network, which runs repeats of crime procedurals "Law & Order," "CSI: NY," "Cold Case," "Numbers," "Without a Trace" and "Bones," also has been in talks to acquire the recently canceled NBC police drama "Southland." The "Delta" order comes on the heels of TNT's pilot pickup of "Rizzoli," a Warner Horizon-produced crime drama starring Angie Harmon.

Garcia, Harto and Smokehouse are repped by CAA. Garcia and Harto are managed by Madhouse Entertainment.
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