On USA network, nothing on "Graceland" is what it seems.
For the network that boasts an open-door policy for characters, the larger-than-life persona of the King of Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley) will not be one of its new recruits when the network's new drama premieres this summer -- and there's no Vegas backdrop or the Memphis mansion either.
The drama, which comes from Jeff Eastin (the man behind the network's mainstay "White Collar"), centers on a group of agents from the FBI, DEA and Customs who are shacked up in a drug dealer's Manhattan Beach mansion that has been seized by the government (in the show, the drug dealer is a fan of the King -- hence the house's moniker and the show's title).
"Within [the house's] walls there’s safety," Eastin told reporters Monday during the show's panel at the Television Critics Assn. press tour (coincidentally, a day before Presley's birthday). "From that idea came this sanctuary. And 'Graceland' flowed out of that."