Jason Lee has been busy since NBC’s cancellation of his show My Name is Earl last spring.
He is in development on a live-action series he created with Luke Watson for Adult Swim. He will star in and direct the comedy set in the world of skateboarding (a return to the subject for Lee, who was featured as an unknown in Spike Jonze’s early skateboarding videos). Plus, he will direct Get Back, an indie film about two Beatles fans who travel back in time to 1966, where one of them becomes involved in a love triangle with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Lee will also star in TNT’s new project, an hour-long pilot called Delta Blues, which is executive produced by George Clooney. Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Pictures, along with TV studio Warner Horizon, will produce the project. In another quirky, underdog role akin to Earl, Lee will star as Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis cop who lives with his mother and performs as an Elvis impersonator on the side. Delta Blues will be directed by TV actor-director Clark Johnson (The Wire) with a script by Liz Garcia (Cold Case, Dawson’s Creek) and rookie writer Joshua Harto. The pilot is currently set to air sometime in 2010.