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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Michael Cudlitz is the Critics's Choice Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for SouthLAnd!

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association's third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Michael won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for SouthLAnd.

Red Carpet pics:

With his lovely wife Rachael

With fellow nominee Regina King. We extend our congratulations to Regina  on her nomination as best supporting actress in a drama!

Acceptance speech:

Backstage with award:

We congratulate Michael on his win & expect many more accolades to come this awards season!

Monday, May 20, 2013

SouthLAnd is awarded the prestigious Peabody Award

Thirty-nine recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards were honored May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The Peabodys, bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, cite the best in electronic media.

SouthLAnd's executive producer Jonathan Lisco accepted on SouthLAnd's behalf saying, "We tried to create characters who are 'utterly specific in emotional honesty.'"

Photo courtesy Tommy's Twitter

Photo courtesy Shawn's instagram

L-R Shawn, Regina, EP Jonathan Lisco, Ben, Tommy and EP John Wells

From Shawn's Twitter

We congratulate SouthLAnd on this award and expect many more to come! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

SouthLAnd is cancelled by TNT.

In a statement released May, 10 SouthLAnd was cancelled by TNT after five seasons. 

The cast reacts on Twitter:

 The stars discuss the show's legacy.

We at SouthLAnd First give heartfelt thanks to the entire cast and crew for their generosity towards us. You gave us brilliant television, unlimited personal access, and a work of art to be admired and discussed for years. Thanks so very much.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Congratulations to SouthLAnd's Michael Cudlitz on his Prism Award!

 The 17th Annual Prism Awards were held April 25 in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Michael Cudlitz won for his performance in a drama episode "Legacy" 

Congratulations and many more awards to come, Michael! 

Acceptance speech part two

Presentation of award and acceptance speech

Michael and "Legacy" writer Heather Zuhlke

Michael being interviewed on the red carpet.

Red carpet

Red Carpet Interview

Acceptance speech pictures 

Monday, April 22, 2013

SouthLAnd S5E10 "Reckoning" Review

Most cops manage to stay sane despite all the chaos around them.  But in their hearts they know, everyone has a breaking point.

Stunned.  Just completely stunned.  I had to sit and think about this episode for a long time.  Usually I immediately watch again.  But I couldn’t even think about re-watching for  over 12 hours.

Lydia has never made good choices with the men in her life.  And I think she is making one again.  Easy-going Russell.  She likes him because he will do what she says without any kind of confrontation.  Therefore making her home life easy to manage while she takes on the duties of her job.

Ruben has been a great partner for Lydia.  He sometimes disagrees with Lydia, but he’s so low-key, any disagreement or confrontation is almost over before Lydia realizes it.  He gets Lydia and knows how to work around her - in a good way.  But more than anything, he respects her.  This week, they worked very well together.  Whether it was confronting the detectives in RHD, or working with Dewey and Munoz to get a suspect to talk.  And Ruben was rewarded with an atta-boy from Chief Beck himself.

I've liked Dewey from the beginning; even when he's been spewing forth his views of the world.  And I've really enjoyed Dewey the past couple of seasons.  He brings his very own spice to the show.  We've seen more of his long-term friendship with Cooper.  And he often brings a little humor to the show.  Despite past run-ins with Lydia; he even worked well with her this week. Primarily because he wanted to help find Cooper's kidnappers; but still.

Sammy finally learns that Ben was behind the break-in at his house.  He confronts Ben and it turns into them both rolling around in the parking lot punching each other.  They can no longer be partners and that’s a good thing.  I really think Sammy should go back to being a detective.

Ben is too far gone for any kind of redemptive arc in a possible season 6; so I think he should be fired, then go to school to become a sleazy defense lawyer like his father.  When he was a rookie just out of the academy, he didn’t want any part of his Dad.  But I’m not so sure he feels that way any more.  As Cooper told Ben in Season 3’s “Punching Water,”  “The job doesn’t make you something.  It just brings out who you already are.” 

Laurie has always been a great character.  I have always thought that she was still in love with Cooper.  She stole drugs for him, tried to get him to go to rehab, and he trusted her to be one of the very few that he could talk to.  So for her to be so hateful to him in this episode was way out of character.  “No.  I don’t want to have a baby.  Not with you.  (Emphasis mine.) Not any more.  I’m sorry”.    That’s just cruel at this stage of his recovery.  She could have said it much more tactfully.  I think she understood that Cooper wanted a baby for the wrong reasons.  But she didn’t have to be so heartless.

And when Laurie told him that; the expression on his face was awful.  Stunned, hurt, denial, pain.  I’m surprised we didn’t get a breakdown scene right there.  

Cooper is unwillingly on desk duty as ordered.  He goes to roll call and the room goes silent when he enters.  Dewey greets him as he walks stiffly to a chair and sits down painfully.  Everyone is coddling him.  Bringing him lunch.  And it’s getting on his last nerve.  He’s ready.  He wants out of the kit room.  He talks to Sgt Hill (Whose first name is Terry.  Who knew?)  Sgt Hill himself is back to work after the death of his son.  Cooper wants to know if Sgt Hill is back on duty, why isn’t he (Cooper) back on regular duty yet.  Sgt Hill explains that each case is different.  I’m sure Cooper already knows this; he’s just venting his frustration at TPTB that have not signed off on him yet.  Cooper says, “These numb nuts know I have 5 guns at home right?  I can eat one there just as easily as here.”  Sgt Hill replies, “I’d keep that out of your next therapy session, huh?”

Cooper has lunch with Hicks.  Hicks is chowing down but Cooper has no appetite.  The conversation is friendly at first and we learn that Hicks has given up alcohol ever since the search for Cooper ended.  But then Hicks asks Cooper, “Why the hell did you give up your guns?”  Cooper just gets up and walks away.  I can’t believe Hicks would ask him that.  Hicks calls after Cooper but Coop just keeps on walking.

Cooper is lying there wide awake.  He can’t sleep.  He hears the neighbors generator come on.  The neighbors he’s already warned about the noise.  He gets up and checks on Laurie.  She is sound asleep and wearing ear protectors.  Cooper goes out, turns the generator off and then gets into a confrontation with the neighbors.  I was so worried about the guy with a gun behind Cooper, I didn’t see what was coming. Cooper is looking around as though dazed, maybe confused while he bashes in the face of the neighbor.  Cooper doesn’t obey the officers telling him to drop the gun, and the responding officers shoot him.  I’ve had 2 different retired cops, from opposite coasts, tell me they would have shot him too.  Was it suicide by cop?  Or was Cooper dazed and disoriented?  We will probably never know.  In the end, Cooper saved Hicks, but could not save himself.

Did those shots kill Cooper?  I’d like to think not.  But who knows?  Will the series end here?  Or will we get a season 6?  The writers would really need to explain a lot of things, if so. But each season has had its own arc.  We've had five very different seasons; each with its own story to tell.  So maybe a sixth season is possible.  Will Ben pass the detective exam and move on up the ladder, despite his ethics?  Or will Ben even still be a cop? And what will Sammy do?  Surely he and Ben will no longer be partners.  I hope Lydia and Ruben remain partners and she and Russell work something out at home.  Dewey will be Dewey - so glad that he became a regular this season.  Maybe we’ll get some fresh blood if we get a season 6.  But all-in-all, I would rather end the series here, where there is a possibility that Cooper survives, than have a season 6 without him. 

It will be such a sad, sad day when Officer John Cooper is no longer on my TV.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quotes from the SouthLAnd cast on the S5 finale "Reckoning"

We asked each cast member (Ben McKenzie was unreachable) for a quote about the season five finale. Here are the responses we received
C. Thomas Howell: "As an actor you can only hope to be a part of a project like Southland. It's literally a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The cast and crew have continued to raise the bar of excellence. I love every single person involved with this show. It's by far my favorite job that I have ever had and pray we can continue for another five incredible years! Thank you all for being a part of it. God bless all law enforcement world wide for risking your lives on a daily basis. May you make solid decisions in the line of duty... and most importantly... shoot straight. A-35 code 4. C Thomas Howell, Officer William Dudek." 

Dorian Missick: "The finale will answer a few questions and yet present a few more and in true Southland style, keep you on edge until the last minute." 

Michael Cudlitz:  "Tonight.....#SouthLAnd ........ The future is uncertain, as it always has been. ; ) "

Shawn Hatosy: "Tonight's #SouthLAnd, whether it's the series finale or not... it's fantastic! You must watch it live..."

SouthLAnd First thanks Tommy, Dorian, Michael  and Shawn for sharing. Everyone enjoy the season finale. As always, it will be amazing television  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Will there be a SouthLAnd season six?

SouthLAnd has always lived "on the bubble" since TNT added it to their schedule in 2010; this means at the end of every season, renewal is not guaranteed. So we join in the efforts being made across social media to encourage all fans to contact TNT and show their apprectiation to them for picking up the show and encourage them to renew for a sixth season. 

As fans, all we can do is let TNT know we support SouthLAnd and want to see more. FYI: Season four ended March 20, 2012. We did not know until May 3, 2012 that the show had been renewed for a fifth season. Renewal or cancelation news could be soon after season five ends or well into May, possibly June. Be prepared to be patient and tenacious in your efforts.  

Listed below is contact information for TNT and links to Twitter and Facebook accounts promoting a season six. Included also is a link to a petition that will be presented to TNT 

E-mails: (President, Head of Programming

Steve Koonin  (He is the executive who has the final say on renewals; the head honcho at ALL of the Turner Entertainment Networks.) His mailing address is 1050 Techwood Drive, Atlanta GA 30318. No e-mail address for him at this time; we'll update as we can. (Atlanta Senior VP) (Atlanta VP TNT) (New York VP) (Los Angeles Sr. Director TNT)

Mailing address:

1010 Techwood Dr. NW
Atlanta GA 30318

Phone number:


Twitter - SouthLAnd season six 

Facebook SouthLAnd season six 

 Petition for renewal

As always, you can post your support on SouthLAnd's official Facebook wall or tweet @tntweknowdrama  @TNTPR or @SouthLAnd_TNT 

Thank you.