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Apr 18, 2013
Southland Season Finale Review: The End, Probably
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If this is it, I'll miss Southland. Season 5 was probably the show's most consistent and dramatically engaging one yet. But if we have reached the end, "Reckoning" offered a very nice conclusion.

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Feb 14, 2013
Southland's Season 5 Premiere: The Circus You Probably Aren't Watching (But Should Be)

Southland S05E01: “Hats and Bats”

It’s a little crazy that Southland still exists in 2013. After a decent but brief first season on NBC, the show fell victim to former network president Jeff Zucker’s plan to cut all typical 10pm programming and replace it with the now-immortal Jay Leno Show (seems forever ago, don't it?). Once it was picked up by TNT, the show’s budget was slashed once or twice and the ratings never really popped (they’ve remained steady around 2 million viewers an episode for a few years now).

Yet here we are, with the show beginning its fifth season. The production team turned the negatives into positives, trimming the cast and focusing on a quartet of strong performers. No other show on the air replicates the realities—the horrifying, the stupid, and the mundane—of being a police officer in a major city ...

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The Beat Goes On
May 04, 2012
Southland Renewed for Season 5
TNT has ordered a fifth season of the cop drama for a February 2013 launch, continuing the show's miracle run.
Cop Talk
Jan 04, 2011
Show 101: Southland
This is not your daddy’s L.A. police drama. Here's what you need to know before tonight's Season 3 premiere.
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New Po-Lease On Life
Apr 26, 2010
Southland Is Saved... Again
TNT has decided to keep the orphan around; the cop drama's 10-episode third season will begin next January.
Plus: CBS orders new pilots, a Mad Men girl gets hitched, and Jay Leno is a jerk.
Oct 12, 2009
News Briefs: A Gilmore Girl Is Employed Again

...Lauren Graham is officially replacing Maura Tierney on the delayed series Parenthood. Everything filmed featuring Tierney will be re-shot with Graham. Tierney is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. [Variety]

...CBS is hungry! They demand more shows! After ordering a misguided Hawaii Five-O pilot on Friday, they've banged their fists on the table and demanded two more series, both of which are set in the workplace. One is about an older (30s) guy who befriends a younger (22) dude at the office. The other one is about a group of coworkers at a Target-esque department store. They're both multicam sitcoms, because CBS likes to keep that laugh-track torch burning bright. [Variety]

...Is The Jay Leno Show a disaster for NBC and everyone else involved? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes. It's... it's a disaster, guys. [NYT]

...Sorry, boys. You're never gonna get with Joan. Mad Men ...

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The quality cop show gets canceled before its second season even premieres; NBC insiders call company's decision "an embarrassment."
Oct 09, 2009
Police Blotter: Southland 187'd, NBC Hurtin'

Officers down! Officers down! In another head-scratcher by the bumbling network, NBC has canceled cop drama Southland right before its Season 2 premiere, says The Hollywood Reporter. The show had produced six episodes and was due to return later this month, but execs at the Peacock deemed it "too gritty" for primetime.

NBC's returning cop drama is a rough-edged gem in a sea of over-polished crime procedurals.
Sep 24, 2009
Southland Brings the Grit
Though not a monster hit during its first season, NBC's cop crime drama Southland is nothing to scoff at. Sure, the number of procedural dramas on TV easily gives the impression that the United States should be crime free in -- oh, say -- a week. But what sets Southland apart from all the rest is one character: the city of Los Angeles.
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NBC's grimy cop drama once looked like TV's next big thing; weeks later, it's dropping viewers and ratings… fast.
May 01, 2009
Southland slipping and sliding

It seems like less than a month ago that we were hyping Southland as the season's biggest surprise hit and the end of NBC's struggling run. Well, that's because it was less than a month ago. Three weeks later, the numbers tell a completely different story.

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FITSNews has good things to say about NBC's Southland
Apr 10, 2009
Blog Spotlight: "Southland" Surprised Us A Little Bit

We typically refuse to watch mass-marketed network TV shows like NBC’s new drama Southland - if for no other reason than the fact that they’re mass-marketed network TV shows.

We’re not sure what it is … maybe it’s our Fight Club-inspired disdain for mindless consumerism that kicks in.

Plus, an integral component of the mass marketing for Southland was that it was “produced by the people who brought (us) ER.”

And we hate ER. With a passion.

But this show surprised us a little bit.

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Officer John Cooper
Det. Lydia Adams
Officer Sammy Bryant
Officer Ben Sherman
Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek [Season 5]

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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