Jason Lee took a different type of role after NBC brought My Name is Earl to an end. Up to that point, the actor had made a reputation playing offbeat quirky characters, but in 2010, he actor delved into procedural territory with TNT’s short-lived cop drama, Memphis Beat. In the series, Lee played Dwight Hendricks, a detective for the Memphis Police Department who also moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after two seasons.
On the heels of this cancellation, Lee quickly moved back to NBC to play the recurring role of Kevin on the Will Arnett/Christina Applegate-led sitcom Up All Night. He appeared in only seven episodes of the show, which went on a permanent hiatus halfway into season 2 before being officially canceled by the network.