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Southland

"Southland" review by Suzanne
Tuesdays 10/9pm on TNT

Southland returns for its third season January 4th. It's the best cop show on TV. They weave good stories for the characters without letting it get in the way of the cop drama or the action. The acting is fabulous. The show used to be on NBC, but then they stupidly canceled it in order to put Jay Leno on every night. Look how good that worked out! I'll be they're regretting that now...

I got to see the next two episodes, and they are great. It's more of the same excellent drama. If you have never seen the show, you will not feel lost or left out. The main focus of the show is always on the cops and what they are handling every day out in L.A.

Nate has to deal with his wife, as usual, and he gets several shocks in these episodes. Ben gets involved with someone and still has to worry about his partner John's back problems. John tries to get more drugs for his back. Lydia has to get used to a new partner. Dewey rejoins the force and is just as obnoxious as ever.

It's a great series. You should make sure to check it out if you like good drama!

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Press release:

TNT Returns to the Tough Streets of LA for Third Season of Acclaimed Drama Series SOUTHLAND, Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4

TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series SOUTHLAND takes viewers directly to the streets of LA to present an intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat. The extraordinary series from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing) is now set to return for its third season. SOUTHLAND, which stars Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Dexter, Public Enemies), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and Ben McKenzie (The O.C.), is slated to premiere on TNT Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

SOUTHLAND defied the odds after its first season when an outpouring of support from fans resulted in the series finding a new home on television’s premier drama network. The series has redefined the police drama genre with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, SOUTHLAND captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.

In SOUTHLAND, King stars as Detective Lydia Adams, who seems to make every case personal. Adams has gone through several partners recently, with her most recent being Detective Josie Ochoa (Jenny Gago – My Family, American Family), a tough, take-charge investigator whose style often conflicts with Lydia.

Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) is a seasoned cop who is starting to show some cracks. His partner, Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie) came to him as a rookie but is now growing up fast on the force. John has taught Ben much of what he knows about how to handle himself on the street, but Ben’s growing concern over his partner’s addiction to prescription pain killers threatens to drive a wedge between them.

Detective Sammy Bryant (Hatosy) is part of the LAPD’s gang task force with his partner, Detective Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood, Weeds). Sammy frequently faces issues with his wife, a photographer with past drug problems. Nate, an Army vet, cares deeply about his kids, including a daughter who only recently found out he was her father.

In addition to Alejandro and Gago, SOUTHLAND’s outstanding returning ensemble cast includes: Arija Bareikis (Crossing Jordan) as Officer Chickie Brown, and C. Thomas Howell (TNT’s Gettysburg) as her recovering-alcoholic partner, Officer Billy Dewey; Michael McGrady (The Thin Red Line, Day Break) as Detective Daniel Salinger, the head of the gang division; and Tom Everett Scott (Boiler Room, ER, TNT’s Saved) as Russell Clarke, Lydia’s former partner who is now working a desk job after being shot.

This season on SOUTHLAND, Lydia has difficulty adjusting to her mother’s return home from Europe with a new boyfriend in tow. The relationship forces Lydia to consider her own life and the fact that remains a single woman. Meanwhile, Ben continues to come into his own as a cop, but he feels increasing pressure to intervene in John’s addiction. And Sammy and his wife face a major life change that could have devastating consequences for their marriage.

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 executive-produced by Emmy winners Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; and Southland, from Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and Numb3rs; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. 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.

SOUTHLAND is rated TV-MA.

If you want more info about upcoming episodes, click here for a Word document from TNT that has all the episode descriptions...

Interview with Ben McKenzie and Regina King

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