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"Southland" is a new cop show on NBC. It tries really hard to be gritty and
realistic. It succeeds, for the most part. The show follows the police in
the L.A. area, both detectives and beat cops. It seems like an updated
version of both Dragnet and Adam-12. I don't know if today's audiences want
to see a show this realistic or not. I enjoyed Adam-12 when I was a kid.
Every-day police work can be kind of boring, but they do seem to make the
show interesting anyway. It started slowly but got much better.
Benjamin McKenzie, who starred as Ryan in The O.C., plays a young rookie on
the show. I think he does a good job. I have always liked him. I hope the
show succeeds. It seems like new shows don't last long nowadays unless they
are CSI spinoffs. I plan to stay with it and see how it goes. The first
episode was interesting.
My only objection would be that most of the cops seem white. I don't think
most of the cops, or anything else, are white in L.A. or in most areas of
california. The show runs Thursdays at 10, in the slot where they used to
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