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Southland 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, the series captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life. Created by Ann Biderman, executive producers are John Wells and Christopher Chulack. Southland is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Southland was a short midseason replacement series used by NBC to plug the hole at Thursday 10:00 pm left by the end of ER. While its viewership never matched ER’s heyday, the numbers were strong enough to give it a nod for a second 13-episode season that was announced by the network on May 1, 2009, three weeks before the end of the first season. Unfortunately, the show’s fortunes changed over the summer. The transition of the Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien’s hands left Jay Leno as a free agent. NBC President and CEO Jeff Zucker, determined not to lose Leno to a competing network, gave Leno a nightly variety show that would air Monday through Friday at 10:00 pm. This displaced a number of heavy-duty dramas like Law & Order: SVU and Southland which would be moved to 9:00 pm slots – before television’s safe harbor. On August 25, 2009, NBC announced they were pushing back the season two premiere from September 25, 2009, to October 23, 2009 (a Friday at 9:00 pm berth). NBC claimed the move was for the good of the show, taking it out of direct competition with the season premieres of Medium – newly moved to Fridays – and Dollhouse. On October 8, 2009, though, NBC cancelled the show. Press reports at the time said the network felt the show was too "dark and gritty." The decision also left the network with six filmed-but-unaired episodes of season two.

John Wells and WB Television determined not to give up on the show. After NBC reduced its fees for the unaired episodes, they were free to shop it to other networks. TNT was rumored as the interested network by the end of October 2009, and on November 2, 2009, TNT made it official with a press release. It purchased the rights to the six-episode second season and the previously aired first season for a run in early 2010. A decision on a third season funded by TNT would be ratings dependent. TNT ultimately renewed Southland for three more seasons because of a very loyal fan base and critical acclaim. It announced the show's cancellation on May 10, 2013, three weeks after the fifth season finale.

Seasons one through three of Southland starred Arija Bareikis as Officer Chickie Brown, Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, Jenny Gago as Det. Josie Ochoa, Shawn Hatosy as Det. Sammy Bryant, Regina King as Det. Lydia Adams, Michael McGrady as Det. Daniel "Sal" Salinger, Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, and Tom Everett Scott as Det. Russell Clarke. Season four starred Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, Regina King as Det. Lydia Adams, and Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, reflecting a reduced budget. In season five, C. Thomas Howell as Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek was promoted to regular from recurring cast.


Broadcast History:

NBC
Season 1 – Thursday at 10:00 pm

TNT
Seasons 2 - 4 – Tuesday at 10:00 pm
Season 5 – Wednesday at 10:00 pm


Awards:

2013 Critics' Choice Award
Won – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King

2013 Prism Award
Won – Performance in a Drama Episode: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Drama Episode – Mental Health: "Legacy"

2013 Peabody Award

2012 Emmy Award
Won – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte

2012 Critics' Choice Awards
Won – Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Lucy Liu
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King

2012 Prism Award
Won – Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline – Substance Use: “The Winds” / “Failure Drill” / “Graduation Day”
Nominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Michael Cudlitz
Nominated – Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-episode Storyline: Ben McKenzie

2012 Screen Actors Guild Award
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

2011 Emmy Award
Nominated – Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte

2011 Critics' Choice Award
Nominated – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Shawn Hatosy

2011 Screen Actors Guild Award
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

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  • Michael Cudlitz

    Michael Cudlitz

    Officer John Cooper

    Regina King

    Regina King

    Det. Lydia Adams

    Shawn Hatosy

    Shawn Hatosy

    Officer Sammy Bryant

    Ben McKenzie

    Ben McKenzie

    Officer Ben Sherman

    C. Thomas Howell

    C. Thomas Howell

    Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek [Season 5]

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    Themes

    bloody and violent, city living, dysfuntional families, drug addiction, Crime