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FX's good cop/bad cop drama will return for its seventh and final season in September.
Jun 10, 2008
The Shield's return to beat dated
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Major network television may get all the hype and publicity, but there are plenty of good shows out there that don't have the privilege of gazillions of dollars of marketing and promotion. As the fall season nears, one of those under-the-radar programs--FX's The Shield--will close out a stellar run. The upcoming seventh...

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Star of Run Lola Run runs to join cast of gritty cop drama.
Jul 26, 2006
Franka Potente joins The Shield

The LAPD just got a little bigger.

FX has announced that Franka Potente is joining the cast of The Shield. The actress, who received global attention in the German film Run Lola Run, was recently seen in The Bourne Supremacy. Potente joins the current cast, which features Michael Chiklis and new recruit Forest Whitaker.

The sixth season of The Shield returns to FX in January 2007. FX has already green-lit the seventh and final season of the acclaimed cop show, to premiere sometime in late 2007 or early 2008.

The German-born Potente will next be seen opposite Benicio Del Toro in the film Guerilla, about the life of Che Guevara, and alongside Johnny Depp in the drug drama Shantaram.

FX picks up gritty cop drama for seventh, and final, season.
Jun 06, 2006
The Shield's license renewed

Vic Mackey will return.

FX has renewed the tough LA cop saga The Shield, which got an order for a seventh, and final, season, with 13 new episodes that will air sometime in late 2007 or early 2008. The 10-episode sixth season is scheduled to begin airing in January 2007.

Series creator Shawn Ryan will remain on board as head writer and executive producer through the show's seventh season. Ryan is cocreator, along with renowned playwright David Mamet, of the new CBS hit The Unit, about terrorist-fighting US Army Rangers.

The Shield tells the dark story of the members of LAPD's Elite Strike Team, a role where the lines of good and bad are often in flux. The show stars Michael Chiklis as bald livewire Vic Mackey, a cop who has trouble controlling his anger.

When it premiered in 2002, The Shield proved that HBO wasn't the ...

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Drama about police team that catches criminals in the act coming from Shield writer.
Apr 13, 2006
Shield producer moves to movies

Shield executive producer Kurt Sutter will make his directorial debut on In-Crime, a script he wrote for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The script follows an unorthodox team of police specialists whose mission is to catch major criminals in the act. The script had a previous working title of S.I.S.

Sutter, whose background is in directing and acting in theater, was a staff writer on The Shield and worked his way up to executive producer. He also did some acting work on the show.

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Sep 06, 2013
Who Was The Best Captain of The Barn?
Let's base this decision purely on job results. Who did the best job managing Vic's Strike Team? Did any of them find a balance between the demands of delivering arrest stats and keeping Vic walking the straight and narrow?

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Justice from down under tears crime asunder on the tough streets of Vic Mackey's LA.
May 26, 2006
Shield gets Aussie cop

Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin has joined the cast of FX's cop drama The Shield.

O'Loughlin will play Kevin Hiatt, a new member of Detective Vic Mackey's (Michael Chiklis) strike team. He will fill the void of the departure of Kenny Johnson, whose character, Detective Lemonhead Lemansky, died in the series' fifth-season finale.

O'Loughlin has previously been seen as a Deputy Sherriff in the Marvel horror film Man-Thing.

Recently, The Shield featured Glenn Close guest-starring in a recurring role.

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Sep 06, 2013
Who Are Your Favorite Strike Team Members?
Including *every* member of the Strike Team in its history and allowing you to vote for multiple characters... which are your favorites? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Departure of Glenn Close opens up window for other actors to fight crime.
Oct 21, 2005
Harring inks for role on Shield

Laura Harring has moved from Mulholland Drive to the LAPD. The actress is joining FX's The Shield in a recurring role for the police drama's upcoming fifth season.

Harring will take on the role of attorney Becca Doyle opposite series star Michael Chiklis.

Forest Whitaker recently signed on as a series regular, playing a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's Internal Affairs division.

Shield, from series creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan, went into production last month on its fifth season, which premieres next year.

Upcoming big-screen projects for Harring, who starred opposite Naomi Watts in David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, include the Southern-set drama The King, with William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal, which ThinkFilm will release next year. On the TV side, her credits include the upcoming Edward James Olmos-directed HBO movie Walkout.

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Sep 06, 2013
This vs. That: The Shield or The Wire?
Welcome to the latest round of TV.com's "This vs. That," where we pit two things against one another and you vote on which one should win... in whatever context you choose.
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Detective Vic Mackey
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The Road To Justice Is Twisted
The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions. The Shield stars Michael Chiklis (The Commish) as rogue cop "Det. Vic Mackey," leader of the elite Strike Team unit, who is effective at eliminating crime but who operates under his own set of rules. Benito Martinez (Outbreak & Her Costly Affair) plays "Captain David Aceveda," the young precinct head who doesn't like Mackey's tactics and wants to bust him off the force. And the Emmy-nominated CCH Pounder (ER & Boycott), plays "Det. Claudette Wyms," a veteran detective who understands Mackey and knows how to play both sides of the fence. The show made history by becoming the first ad-supported cable series to win the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series. In its first season, Shawn Ryan (Writing) and Clark Johnson (Directing) received Emmy nominations, which were also firsts for basic cable in those categories. The Shield has received two TCA nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. As of March 2005, the show has become the longest running series on the FX Network.moreless