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"Southland" premiere  by Suzanne
Airing on TNT Tuesdays 10 pm

I loved Southland when it aired on NBC, and I was very happy to hear that it was coming back for a second season. Then, right before the new fall season started, NBC stupidly changed their minds and canceled it (bet they're regretting that now, huh). They had made six new episodes. TNT started airing last season's episodes in January (with never-before-seen footage!), and the DVD came out as well. Now, in March, they are finally showing the new episodes.

I was happy to see two of the new ones to review. It is such a great show and only gets better with time. Please watch these episodes so that TNT will order more new ones!

Southland is a very realistic look at cops in Los Angeles. My only problem with last season was that the cast was heavy with while males. They seem to have changed that a little by adding some more characters of color, which is great. To me, anything that makes TV more like real life is preferable.

The new season also seems to be even more gripping and shocking, and it has more action. It is just really good. In the first episode, some of the police get involved in a riot. In the second, there is a grisly murder and a big car explosion. It's very exciting, along with the usual great police character and story stuff. You will really enjoy it, like I did. I can't wait to see the rest!!


TNT to Present Never-Before-Seen episodes of Acclaimed Drama Series SOUTHLAND will finally get to see the series' six never-before-seen episodes when TNT begins presenting them Tuesday, March 2, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The extraordinary drama series from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing) came to TNT in January as the result of a major outpouring of support from critics and fans of the show.

SOUTHLAND is a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles. Unlike many other dramas set in the world of law enforcement, the series places its primary focus on officers, detectives and a gang unit, whose cases sometimes intertwine, showing the tough jobs they face and the triumphs and tragedies that populate their personal lives. SOUTHLAND is shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, creating a realistic, natural environment where similar situations often occur in real life.

SOUTHLAND's outstanding ensemble includes Kevin Alejandro (Drive, Ugly Betty), Arija Bareikis (Crossing Jordan), Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire), Michael McGrady (The Thin Red Line, Day Break), Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) and Tom Everett Scott (Boiler Room, ER, TNT's Saved).

In the new episodes beginning Tuesday, March 2, the tables turn in the power struggle between Ben and John. Ben must face a difficult choice in dealing with his partner's addiction to pain medication, without which he could no longer work in the field. Ben is also unable to escape his troubled Beverly Hills background as he gets personally involved in a case on his first solo day on patrol.

Meanwhile, following public humiliation by her partner, Chickie makes an effort to regain her confidence and footing in the field despite being ostracized by other cops. Lydia struggles with loyalty and the stress of balancing her personal life with the difficulty of her job after her partner, Russell, is shot. Nate and Sammy join a drug task force with Nate's old friend Gil, but Sammy feels left out of their bond.

On the personal front, Sammy and his wife make a decision to have a baby. Nate and Mariella, who have just had another baby, must deal with Mercedes, who recently learned that Nate is her father. Mercedes is angry and acting out because Nate wasn't honest with her about her past. Her behavior will eventually have devastating consequences. And Sal has trouble with his daughter, who uses her knowledge of his affair to manipulate him.

SOUTHLAND is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), the series is executively-produced by Biderman, Emmy winner Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series.

Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) is one of the entertainment industry's most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for both broadcast network television and cable. For the 2009-2010 television season, WBTV is producing more than 25 primetime series, with at least one show on each of the five broadcast networks. New programs include the one-hour drama "The Vampire Diaries", the #1 show on The CW; one-hour shows "Human Target" and "Past Life" for FOX; the hour-long "V" and "The Forgotten", as well as half-hour comedy "The Middle" for ABC, and an untitled medical drama from Jerry Bruckheimer Television for midseason on CBS, among others. Continuing programs include TV's #1 comedy among Households and Total Viewers in "Two and a Half Men", TV's #1 comedy among Adults 18-49 in "The Big Bang Theory", the #1 new program of 2008-2009 among Households and Total Viewers in "The Mentalist", the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starring comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and veteran drama "Cold Case" for CBS; the #1 new program of 2008-2009 among Adults 18-49 in "Fringe" for FOX; "Chuck" for NBC; and "Gossip Girl", "One Tree Hill", "Smallville" and "Supernatural" for The CW. WBTV also produces "The Closer" for TNT and "Nip/Tuck" for FX.

TNT, one of the cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama "The Closer", staring Kyra Sedgwick; "Men of a Certain Age" with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; "Saving Grace" starring Holly Hunter; "Hawthorne" with Jada Pinkett Smith; "Leverage" starring Timothy Hutton; and "Dark Blue" starring Dylan McDermott; as well as the newly acquired "Southland", from ER executive John Wells. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as "Bones", "CSI: NY" and "Numb3rs"; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as "The Screen Actors Guild Awards"; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and The NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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