Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 End of the Year Plaudits for SouthLAnd

Praise for SouthLAnd

EW.com's Inside TV SouthLAnd spoiler

Shawn Hatosy reveals some information on season four:

"Any Southland scoop for me? I can’t wait for it to come back. It’s been waaaayyyyyy too long! — James
It has! Luckily, Shawn Hatosy was kind enough to chat with me a little bit about the new dynamic of the show now that Ben and Sammy have started riding together this upcoming season. “I get a sense of what the dynamic between Ben and Sammy is and it’s this kind of run-and-gun-and-have-fun mentality. It’s nice because it’s just different, it’s a different Southland so far,” he says. “I gotta be honest, it almost feels like, for Sammy, it’s a different show now that I’m in uniform and driving fast in the cars. I was running before but now we’re really running and running together. It’s action-packed.” The latter is especially true. In fact, the first episode back will find the pair involved in a truly shocking shootout in a most unlikely place. "

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ben Sherman: The SouthLAnd Character That Has Changed the Most

The article below was written a little over a year ago.  This is an updated version that now includes Season three.

The first time I watched 2x06 "Maximum Deployment" I was startled by the growth of Ben Sherman since 1x01.  I had seen the little signs of growth all along, but in that final episode his character's growth was front and center.  The following are some of the scenes that demonstrate the progression of Ben's character.
In episode 1x01 we first see Sherman following Cooper, carrying all their gear, and taking a few running steps trying to keep up with Cooper.  Sherman is in a long-sleeve uniform shirt, tie knotted tightly at his neck.  He can't read Cooper yet and heads toward a different patrol car, before realizing that's not the one Cooper is striding toward. As they pull out of the parking lot, Sherman is wide-eyed as he looks at and listens to his TO.  Sherman remains wide-eyed and silent, listening but hardly speaking, throughout the episode.  The few  responses that Sherman makes end with "sir". 
Cooper constantly picks at him, calling him Richie Rich and Tori Spelling; questioning Sherman as to why he decided to become a cop and whether he is capable of doing the job.
Even after Dewey yells at him, Sherman is able to react to Dewey being shot by killing the banger without hesitation.  His skill with a gun is instinctive and deadly. Cooper is impressed and recognizes that this is something Sherman didn't just learn in the academy over a period of a few months.
Cooper taunts Sherman about where Sherman learned to shoot. For the first time we hear Sherman challenge Cooper and say, "Why don't you shut the hell up sir."
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Sherman is obviously in shock after taking someone's life.  He listens intently as Cooper gives his, "Cop or Not," speech.  Later, at the hospital, he sits down wearily.  He has had a rough first day.  Yet, as Sherman talks with the girl whose brother was shot, his instinctive need to take care of and help people comes out.  "You need me to do anything, can I check with anybody about anything?"  
When the girl asks him if he's a cop, he hesitates slightly, and you can see him think about the day he's just had - plus Cooper's taunting and the "Cop or Not" speech.  Has any of that made him change his mind about becoming a cop? No. Not at all.
So he responds, "Yeah.  Yeah."
In 1x02 he is still in his long-sleeve uniform shirt, but he is a little more relaxed; actually grinning and rolling his eyes over something Cooper says.
At Dewey's retirement party, Cooper asks Sherman about his, "deep, dark, Beverly Hills secrets," and Ben responds with an abbreviated (we now know) version of what happened to his family.  As Chickie and Sherman leave the party, she asks him about where he was when his Mom was attacked.  Ben avoids answering by saying that he has to get home.
By the time the third episode starts Ben is a little more loose and is kidding with Cooper.  We see a few smiles and some sideways rolls of the eyes toward Cooper.  This is the first time we see Sherman's running skills.  He's still absorbing huge quantities of info and demonstrates this by knowing exactly where he is after a foot chase. 
Sherman is standing up for himself more when Cooper picks at him.  Cooper again asks him about why he learned to shoot.  Ben responds challengingly, "How'd you learn?"  When Cooper asks Sherman if Mommy beat Daddy,  Ben is fed up, "Man. What is it with you?"
Cooper and Sherman bond a little bit as they share a laugh over handcuffed-to-the-wall Dewey.  And Sherman shows concern for Cooper's back for the first time.
As they go through the "Garbage Calls" episode, you can tell that Sherman and Cooper are more comfortable with each other.  Sherman is beginning to interact more with the contacts they make, "Who takes the cat?"  And he gives the radar kid a dollar while he and Cooper both laugh.
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Ben confronts his Dad when he finds his Dad at his mother's home.  His dad goads him and Ben is so furious over the whole situation that he backhands his father before Cooper races in to break things up.  Back in the car, Ben's face is stoic and he's staring straight ahead. Cooper tries to get him to talk about it, but Ben is having none of that.  Instead he steadily challenges Cooper about his problem with his back.  If he gets Cooper defensive, that will deflect the conversation away from Ben and Ben doesn't have to talk about his own problems.


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Ben visits his Mom, finding the back door ajar.  His Mom's a little careless, considering she was raped in the past.  She is also, as Ben called her earlier, a little dippy. She tells Ben that he is sooo uptight. Ben sits there with his arms crossed tightly, his jaw clenched so hard he can barely get the words, "I'm uptight?" out of his mouth. 
Ben listens as Cooper advises Chickie about Dewey and his drinking problem, "Bottom line, I'll cover you as long as it doesn't cost me my job or land me in jail."
Sherman has definitely loosened up a bit as he and Cooper discuss Sherman's girlfriend, Cooper's agave garden wall, the kind of music Daisy plays,etc.  Ben tries to delve just a little deeper into Cooper's private life.
Ben has passed Phase 2 of his training and is now starting Phase 3.  This means he gets to drive the patrol car.  He shows a big grin when Cooper tosses him the keys and says,"Cool."  Cooper, of course, has to take him down a notch, which causes Sherman to give him a massive eye roll.  
Sherman has really come a long way since the first episode when he was only a month out of the academy.  He has come to understand Cooper’s gruffness.  Most of the time, if Cooper is giving him a hard time, Sherman sort of smiles and rolls his eyes.  He expects this now; he’s used to it.  He understands it for what it is.  He still takes Cooper seriously; he still respects Cooper; but he doesn’t let it get to him like it used to.
Sherman doesn't understand why everyone is giving Chickie a hard time over turning Dewey in. Cooper's response:  "Gotta be able to trust who you work with.  She rode with Dewey for years.  She knew he needed help.  She waits until he flips the car to say something?  Nah. Your partner's in trouble you find a way to help him before it gets out of control."  I have a feeling Ben will be reminding Cooper of those words in the near future.

Cooper offers Sherman some Ambiens for sleep, and Ben forcefully says, "I don't need any of your pills."  Later he apologizes to Cooper for insulting him about the pills. Not quite ready to push that.
Now he has to have dinner with his 2 half-sisters and Ward.  They have no idea what he has seen and their questions are both insensitive and voyeuristic.  They couldn't demonstrate any better that they could ever be any kind of support for him.  His Mom has already proven that as well.  And we all know about his Dad.  The only person (that we know of) that ever gave him any support was the friend's dad who took him to the shooting range.  But there was, and is, no one for him at home.
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He goes to the firing range because he's comfortable there.  He knows what he's doing and he knows that he's good at it.  And maybe if he practices enough, he will save the next helpless victim.
Ben is on his own for the first time.  He razzes Cooper, calling him Dad, when Cooper starts giving him training reminders.  Every contact Sherman makes that day needs saving.  The boy whose sneakers are wrapped around the overhead lines and whose father is making him wear women's underwear as he mows the lawn; Stella, whose former lover is too possessive to let her go; and Jane the girl with Asperger's.
Sherman is frustrated with the boy's situation in that there is nothing he can do to help the boy. He is joyous when he finds Jane.  But Ben couldn't save Stella.  His frustration is taken out on Stella's murderous ex as he punches the ex after he is handcuffed. Which is completely against police policy.
He turns to Cooper, his TO and mentor to try to help him sort this thing out.  I think Ben is a little startled at himself that he hit the guy.  He has more control than that - he knows what's right and what's wrong.
Ben stands in the street below and looks up at the sneakers as Cooper rolls up in his Challenger. He's come to help out his Boot and try to teach him a lesson at the same time - you can't save everyone.  They unconsciously mirror each other as they stand in the street and then sit at the curb. 
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Ben and Cooper seem very easy with each other as they drive out to visit Dewey and attend a funeral. Other than Dewey's retirement party many episodes ago - we haven't seen them together off-duty. Ben is using Cooper's first name for the first time. He's tries to calm John down when John gets mad at Dewey.
At the funeral, Ben is again silent and wide-eyed as he takes in everything.  On the drive home, when John comes out to Ben, that says that he trusts Ben and that while they are still TO and rookie, Ben is starting to become a dependable friend.
Then we have the last episode of Season 2. Ben jumps out from behind the shadow of Cooper and takes the lead in their partnership. Cooper, Ben, and Chickie are patrolling the streets looking for the Canyon Rapist.  A woman flags them down, saying that she locked her keys in her car.  Cooper immediately goes into smart-ass mode with her.  Sherman gets out of the car, comes around to Cooper side of the car and says, in a reprimanding way, "John. There's a rapist on the loose. Pop the trunk."  Cooper actually looks chagrined as Ben helps the woman get in her car.
Ben goes into full-on rescue mode when he discovers the baby of the victim of the rapist is still in her car. Running full-tilt uphill, he is so relieved to see that the baby is fine.
Next we see Ben talking on the phone with one of his sisters, making sure she knows about the rapist.  Chickie tells him, "You really want to get this guy."  Ben thinks about it and then tells her, "My Mom was raped."  Ben watches as Cooper gets a pain pill from a friend of Laurie's at the hospital.  But as Cooper and Ben leave the hospital, they automatically fall into step with each other.


Chickie, Ben, and Cooper come across a car that matches the description of the Canyon Rapist.  Cooper designates Chickie as contact and himself as cover.  Chickie is tentative with the driver, and with a glance from Cooper, Ben takes over contact. When the car comes back with no wants and warrants, and the guy does not fit the physical description of the rapist, Ben wants to let him go.  Cooper thinks they could still get him for lewd conduct, but Ben says no way.  If they take him in for lewd conduct, that will take them off patrol for an hour or so.  An hour where they can't look for the rapist.  Ben snatches the driver's license out of Cooper's hands to give it back to the driver as Cooper tells the driver he's free to go.
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Contrast this last scene with the first scene of the Pilot Episode.  Amazing.
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Season three:
Sherman learns that the single, most important event in his life, did not happen the way he thought.  What Ben had thought was a violent act of rape, turned out to be consensual.  The event that formed the very basis for being who he is - a promising LAPD rookie and an untiring defender of women - was now shattered.



Ben is still making rookie mistakes, though.  He gives a death notification to the wrong person; he tries to protect a woman involved in a domestic abuse case, but it turns out that she is the instigator; he turns his back on a dude that he’s pulled over, and the dude runs off, etc.
As the season goes on, Ben begins to take more responsibility as Cooper spirals downward.  Not what your average boot has to do.  And Cooper is getting more irritable, condescending, and downright mean by the day.
By the last several episodes, Ben is virtually carrying an increasingly over-medicated Cooper.
Police officers depend on their partners for many things.  But most importantly, they have to be able to trust their partner for back-up.  By the last episode, Cooper is no longer able to be trusted with that responsibility.
After Cooper is unable to give Ben back-up; Ben calls Cooper a “fucking goddamn useless training officer... a fucking menace.”  Showing a responsibility to both the force, his FTO and the FTO’s new boot, Ben gives his FTO an ultimatum.  Either let Ben take him to the hospital for rehab that night; or Ben will ask the watch commander to give John a piss test.
Again, compare the meek Sherman that rarely talked in the Pilot Episode, to the confident Sherman, screaming an ultimatum to his FTO, Cooper, in Season Three.  What a change!






Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The 2011 top five moments of season three SouthLAnd

As the end of 2011 approaches, the SouthLAnd First team has selected it's top five moments from season three SouthLAnd.

Here are our choices:

5. Ben learns his mother's secret. "Discretion" 3x03
The seemingly entire basis for Sherman's career choice is thrown into question as he learns what he thought was his mother's rape may have been consensual sex.

4. Sammy goes back on the street. "Graduation Day" 3x10
After his partner's death & facing the prospect of fatherhood, Sammy decides to transfer from the detective squad to being back on the "beat" where he feels he can make more of a contribution to the force.

3. Lydia's former partner's betrayal. "Sideways" 3x07
Russell sells pictures of a crime scene taken from Lydia's cell phone to a tabloid for $500.000. Clearly signaling the end of their long, trusted friendship.

2. Coop enters the hospital for rehab & surgery. "Graduation Day" 3x10
We learn John Cooper cannot continue to be Superman; he must confront his back pain & addiction & the possibility of losing his career as an FTO (Field Training Officer).

1. Nate is killed. "Code Four" 3x04
A fairly routine gang encounter results in death. Shocking, brutal, and forever changing the series.



Please feel free to leave a comment, disagree, or add your selections.

And watch SouthLAnd season four premiering January 17. Only on TNT. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SouthLAnd named one of top TV shows of 2011

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bastard-machine/game-thrones-modern-family-best-tv-shows-2011-275752

Episode One spoiler

From Ask Ausiello:


Question: Anything on Southland? —Cory
Ausiello: Look for a very brief and mostly silent reunion between Cooper and Sherman in the Season 4 premiere (airing Jan. 17). On the work front, Sherman comes to blows with another cop (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) over his lax attitude about protocol, while Cooper is paired with Lucy Liu’s new cop character, who requested him for a very specific reason.

SouthLAnd Season Four Interviews

Interview links

Cast members Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie (along with reoccurring guest star Lucy Liu) discuss season four. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SouthLAnd earns a SAG Award nomination

Congratulations to SouthLAnd for their SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series!

The SAG Awards will be shown live on TNT and WTBS on January 29th.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SouthLAnd makes us thankful for....

TNT for airing this amazing show.
Lydia’s compassion.
“Look sharp.  Act sharp.  Be sharp.”
The writers for writing such engaging, layered characters.
Sammy’s vulnerability. 

"You're a cop because you don't know how not to be one. If you feel that way, you're a cop. If you don't, you're not. You decide."
The actors for their realistic portrayals of LAPD’s finest.
Ben’s dedication. 

"Number one. Things aren't always what they seem. The victim can be the suspect. The suspect can be the victim." 
The photographers for their framing and wonderful use of light.
Cooper’s toughness.
“We live in the gray.  We live there.”
The directors for their superb directing.
Casting for finding the best actors for those secondary and one-time parts.
“Google it, Boot.”
The rest of the crew for working so hard to bring us this great show.
Los Angeles for being such a great canvas on which to paint SouthLAnd’s stories.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Join us for chat!

Want to discuss last season’s episodes in preparation for Season 4?
We are going to start discussing each episode of Season 3 starting this Tuesday, November 8th with “Let it Snow”.  We will be discussing one episode a week up until the premiere of Season 4.  And if anyone wants to stay and chat after the episode  discussion is over, feel free to do so.
Our discussion will start at 10 pm Eastern, 7 Pacific.  If enough people are interested, we may discuss spoilers and speculation for Season 4 after the episode discussion is over.  We would be sure to let everyone know when the spoiler and speculation discussion begins so that anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled can sign out.

Chat can be found by scrolling to the bottom of our home page.  If you are using your iPhone to join us for chat; you will first need to download the Parachat app.

We will also be having chat each week during the season.  More info on the day and time will be posted as the premiere nears.
So please come join us.  We are avid fans and we want you to have a warm, inviting, friendly place to discuss your favorite show and whatever else you want to chat about.  The chat room is open 24-7 for friends to get together and chat about whatever they like.

SouthLAnd back on the streets! Latest TNT press release.

The cast and crew of Southland are back on the streets of Los Angeles as production begins on a fourth season of the acclaimed TNT drama series. The intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie, who will be joined this season by special guest star Lucy Liu. TNT’s Southland is set to launch its new season Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
 
Photos from the first days of production for Southland are available on the TNT online pressroom at http://on.tnt.tv/2PaHE4.
 
Redefining the police drama with itsraw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops, Southland centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), who seems to take every case personally; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.
 
This season on Southland, Detective Adams will take on another new partner, this time a former Marine (guest star Dorian Missick), while also facing a major upheaval in her personal life. Cooper will be back on the job after surgery to repair the back problems that led to his drug addiction. He will be teamed up with a new partner, Jessica Tang (Liu), who will bring her own set of emotional baggage to their patrol car. Cooper’s former trainee, Sherman, is now a full-fledged cop, partnered with Bryant, who continues to struggle with the trauma of the past.
 
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. The series comes to TNT from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing). 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, while Andrew Stearn (Shameless, The West Wing) and Jonathan Lisco (The District) serve as co-executive producers.
 
To launch the start of production, cast members will provide Twitter updates using the hashtag #tntbackontheset.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Five essential SouthLAnd episodes

 
So you've read the above post and your interest is peaked and you're ready to take the plunge into SouthLAnd?  You don't have time to catch up on all 23 episodes? We at SouthLAnd First have selected the episodes we think will best prepare you for the season four premiere on TNT January 17, 2012.
 

Unknown Trouble - (Pilot Episode)
Why you need to watch: You’ll be introduced to the characters and immediately get the “feel” of the show – its realism, the true sense of being a cop in Los Angeles and the “in your face” attitude the show will always maintain through its acting, writing, directing and camera work. Officer Cooper’s “You’re a cop or you’re not” monologue alone is reason enough to watch.





Maximum Deployment - (Season 2, Episode 6)
Why you need to watch: You will see how “Boot” Ben has matured, the only female street cop (Chickie) captures someone the entire city police force could not and this is the last episode filmed under the banner of NBC.







Let It Snow - (Season 3, Episode 1)
Why you need to watch: The first episode under TNT’s influence and they know drama. The show becomes grittier: Gone are the silk shirts worn off duty and some of the extremely elaborate location settings but you will meet new leading characters and notice the change in how each story is told.  The shoot out on Hollywood Boulevard and Lydia’s run and tackle of a suspected rapist are not to be missed. It’s gritty. The series gets even more realistic. If possible.






Code Four - (Season 3, Episode 4)
Why you need to watch: Emotions range from belly laughs to uncontrollable tears in a span of 42 minutes. Prepare for some of the most shocking, heart-wrenching, in-your-face scenes ever shown. It’s the rawest five minutes of TV you are likely to see…ever.






Graduation Day - (Season 3, Episode 10)
Why you need to watch: The character’s story lines come full circle. It’s considered by critics to be one of television’s best season finales. Stunt coordinator PeeWee Piemonte won an Emmy for this episode. That rooftop scene is a must see – plus this episode displays some of the finest acting of the entire series by all the actors. And you’ll be up to speed for the beginning of season four.





Honorable mentions: (Yes, this is cheating but it was a near impossible task to select only five) 

The Runner – Most subtle (and best) “coming out” scene in episodic TV.
U Boat – “Boot” Ben works solo. You understand how and why partnerships are so important. 
Sideways – Brilliant directing by Allison Anders. The flow of scenes is seamless; the writing superb.
What Makes Sammy Run - Exceptionally written by Cheo Hodari Coker with bittersweet and heart wrenching scenes between Detective Bryant and a young gang member.

Main characters (and actors) strongest performances:

John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) – “The Winds” & “Graduation Day”
Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) – “What Makes Sammy Run” & “Cop or Not”
Lydia Adams (Regina King) – “Sideways” & “Derailed”
Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) – “U Boat” & “Graduation Day”


Agree or disagree with our choices? Please leave a comment with your opinions. We’d love to hear from you. 


SouthLAnd. Seaon four premieres January, 17. Only on TNT. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SouthLAnd Season Four Casting News

New cast member

SouthLAnd's Cudlitz Does a Ride Along

Per TMZ.com site October 24, 2011:

"Southland" star Michael Cudlitz was riding shotgun with the LAPD during a police ride-along this weekend ... when suddenly, a call came in about a "man with a gun" ... and Cudlitz's car raced to the scene.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the piece turned out to be an "air soft" gun, which looked like a real firearm, but shoots plastic pellets instead of real bullets. The man in question was not arrested.

The gun drama was just one of several calls Cudlitz's car responded to that night ... while Michael was doing research for his role as a cop on the TNT show.

We're told Cudlitz got some great real-life experience as his unit patrolled Hollywood Blvd. ... while the cops made sure the actor was never in harm's way.

Sources tell us Cudlitz impressed everyone by asking a ton of questions and even puling a double shift -- 12 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Cudlitz isn't the first actor to participate in an LAPD ride-along -- back in July, Jake Gyllenhaal witnessed the aftermath of a gang shooting while he was doing research for a movie role. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Five reasons to watch SouthLAnd….beginning NOW!

  Updated March 28, 2013


 1. Concept: SouthLAnd is a fast-moving drama that takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. Created by Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack, the show takes a raw and authentic look at the lives of the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, focusing primarily on the patrol officers and detectives. SouthLAnd centers on their experiences and interactions with one of the most diversified populations in the world and is more a character-driven drama than a police procedural. Be warned though; SouthLAND isn’t some fun filled night of escape. It’s an hour where we brace ourselves for the unexpected, we fear for the lives we’ve been shown, we agonize over injustices and our hearts may break or lift with just one expression. SouthLAnd fully embraces the human condition. There are few black and white moments; no safe, neat box to wrap everything in…just like life itself.

2.  Cast/characters: You will see familiar faces tackle non- stereotypical roles. Michael Cudlitz, Ben McKenzie, Regina King, and Shawn Hatosy have all been consistently surrounded with TV award buzz for their performances. Other featured actors through the seasons are C. Thomas Howell (a full cast member in season five), Michael McGrady, Tom Everett Scott, Arija Bareikis, Kevin Alejandro and special guest star Lucy Liu during season four. There is not a single actor on Southland that hasn’t failed to connect with us through a performance that lives, breathes and fractures.  You will find yourself screaming profanities at Dewey's antics, smirking or laughing at Cooper’s reactions to BS, trembling at Sherman’s vulnerability, cringing as Sammy has to arrest the gang member he once tried to save and dreading the walk down Lydia’s stairs, even if she is wielding a shotgun. The actor’s portrayals of their characters overcome the labels that tend to define their genre, which is refreshing and important. And even the extras are memorable.

3. You can catch up!  Five seasons: 40 episodes have aired.  All season episodes are available on Itunes or Amazon Instant Video; Seasons one through four are available on DVD. If you can’t begin with season one, don’t worry. You will be familiar with the characters, etc. in probably one episode from any season.

4. Writing and Photography:  It is difficult to lump these two attributes together but for brevity’s sake one must. The writing is based on the real life experiences of the LAPD and is beautiful, given how reality is so ugly. Good doesn’t always win.  Not everything is revealed to you; you are often left to ponder the outcome of a given situation. Director of Photography J. Michael Muro http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614013/ is a genius. SouthLAnd is noted for its use of the “red camera”, lens flare and visual oversaturation, reveling in the gritty and raw feeling that portrays LA so brilliantly. You are in the speeding patrol car with Cooper and Ben, running the dirty streets with Sammy, and brushing away a fly from your face with Lydia as she interviews potential witnesses to a child’s disappearance. You are there. SouthLAnd’s photography doesn’t let you forget it.

5. You need a unique show.  This show will bring you in and won’t let go. It will become "your" new show. You will learn about the characters and watch them grow, have a magnificent view of both the mean and rich streets of Los Angeles and learn a little about yourself and your own attitudes. You will never be bored or disappointed. You will always have something to ponder, share and discuss after viewing each episode. 



Prepare yourself. And watch SouthLAnd. Now. 


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Great SouthLAnd News

Regina King is now on Twitter.   Regina King's Twitter account

Also. several of the writers have posted that they will be back to work for Season 4 next week!

The last we heard is that filming will start late October or early November.

Keep checking with us for future updates.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

2011 Primetime Emmy nominations

Congratulations to PeeWee Piemonte for "Graduation Day" for his nomination in the Stunt Coordination category. Best of luck!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Regina in New Orleans


Regina King at 2011 Essence Festival - Day 2 on July 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SouthLAnd Secondary Characters

We all know how great the main actors are.  Words cannot describe the depth they bring to their characters.

However, I would like to focus on some other great actors; those secondary actors that may only have a couple of lines on one show.  Or they have a small part over several episodes or even seasons.  They are rarely actors that are well-known and yet they come in for their small part and hit it out of the park.

And while the actors did a great job; kudos go to the casting department, too.  For they are the ones who hired these wonderful actors.  They hit it out of the park every week as well.

***Warning***:  This article contains spoilers for all three seasons if you have not yet watched them.


Janila - Played by Carla Jeffery
Her story was woven through the entire first season.  She witnessed a gang shooting and was willing to be a witness, even after the house she and her grandmother lived in was riddled with gunfire and her grandmother was gunned down in front of the courthouse.  We last saw her when she was being placed in witness protection. 

Shamika Cole Played by Jamai Fisher
The sister of the boy shot in the gang shooting.  Her last words to her brother as he left the house with her cell phone were, “Oh, I hate you!”  The next time she saw him was in his hospital bed.  Crying, she told him, “I don’t really hate you.”  She also had a memorable scene with Ben near the end of the first episode.  “You a cop?” she asks.  “Yeah.  Yeah,” Ben replies. 

Barry the BaseheadPlayed by Ronnie Gene Blevins
Drug addict with appearances in episodes one and two of season one and episode eight of season three.  Cooper tells him in episode one, “You are too stupid to live.”  However, in episode two Barry gives the cops valuable information on the car that abandoned a baby.  This leads to the arrest of the baby's father.

 
Brianna Played by Lilly Holleman
A former drug addict; she has been clean and sober since becoming pregnant.  Her ex dumps their baby son by the side of the road in a cardboard box.  The baby is discovered crawling into traffic on Sunset Blvd and is placed with child services.  She convinces Lydia that she is doing her best for her son and Lydia goes to bat for her to get her son back.  She is in both season one and two.
 
Laurie CooperPlayed by Hedy Burress
As the ex-wife of Cooper; she is one of the very few that Cooper lets get close.  They still care for each other even though they know they can never get back together.  She asks him to be the father of her child and is devastated when he refuses.  In the beginning she supplies extra pain pills for him, but by the start of season three, she refuses to enable him any longer. 

Stella Played by Maite Schwartz
Her ex is harassing her.  And since they are in the same line of work, he is preventing her from getting a job as well.  Ben gets the call after her ex breaks into her apartment and vandalizes it.  She has such a natural delivery as she explains to Ben what her ex did this time and what he has done in the past.  


Cooper’s drug dealer Played by Nick Mennell
Cooper’s dealer makes appearances in all three seasons.  Cooper and the dealer usually meet in the bathroom of a gay bar they both frequent.  Cooper first turns down the dealer, but after Laurie refuses to give him any more meds (at the time); he has to return to the dealer and ask to buy some drugs.  There is quite a lot of chemistry between Cooper and the drug dealer in that scene.  In season 2, after the dealer expresses concern at how much drugs Cooper is going through, the only thing on Cooper’s mind is a hook-up with the dealer. 

Lil Casper Played by Jonathan Castellanos
A young teenager who Sammy has befriended.  The kid’s home life is not the best and Sammy is trying to mentor him to prevent Casper from becoming the next gang member.  Casper is smart and well-read but he keeps it hidden from most people, except for Sammy. Sammy is heart-broken after Lil Casper shoots and kills another kid.  The emotional scene between the two when Sammy finds Casper after the shooting is very powerful.   

Estella Played by Chrissie Fit
Her Mom is missing and the last time the mom was seen was at work.  Estella calls the police because her Mom’s manager would not help find her.  When Sherman and Cooper get the manager to cooperate; the Mom’s locker is opened and the mother’s purse is still inside.  Everyone knows that the purse in the locker is not a good sign.  Crying, Estella reaches for the purse, but doesn’t touch it.  If she touches it, it’s real.  And that means her mom is in trouble. 

Sergeant Hill Played by Jamie McShane
The sergeant has excellent command presence as he takes Dewey to task in one episode; talks with Ben about the person that raped Ben's mom in another episode; and tells Cooper to get back to his assigned duty in yet another episode.
 
 
InformantPlayed by Rolando Molina
This guy explains to Sammy and Nate in great detail why Nobody shot Frosty.  The informant was very natural in his delivery of a very complicated situation. 





Vato LocoPlayed by Erik Cruz
The man with a knife and a cut on his arm says that his girlfriend cut him.  And that they fight all the time over things like the girlfriend wearing inappropriate clothes when they go out.  He tells Ben and Chickie that his girlfriend is in the car.  When they go to investigate, they discover a female blow-up doll.  They realize when they talk to him again he sincerely believes that the blow-up doll is his girlfriend.  His acting was totally believable – the kind of believable where you think this character is real. 

Henry Watts Played by Malcolm Barrett
Henry is an innocent bystander at a shooting.  He thinks he hit his head when he fell to the ground to avoid the gunshots.  The paramedics discover however, that he’s been shot.  At the hospital, Lydia questions him about what he saw and he gives a very concise description of what he saw.  And being a graphic artist, he also gives Lydia a sketch of the scene.  The news is not good for Henry, though.  The doctor tells Lydia and Josie he has little time to live due to where the bullet he was shot with ended up in his head/brain.  Surgery has very little chance of helping and a big chance of killing him.   As he talks with Lydia off and on; he slowly deteriorates during the episode; talking about how he and his fiancĂ©e met and how much they love each other.  

Naomi ChesterPlayed by Kay Lenz
Naomi is an alcoholic former TV/Movie star and she is the sole witness to a murder.  She didn’t think she would have to testify and is having doubts.  Lydia and Josie convince her that this is an important role, everybody will be watching her, and she can never be cut from this role. She squares her shoulders, goes into the courtroom, and gives a powerful performance/testimony. 

LeprechaunPlayed by Richard Cabral               
He first appears as the gang banger who killed Nate by hitting the back of Nate’s head with a metal pipe.  Sammy decides to kidnap Leprechaun and takes him out of the city into the desert.  During the ride, you can tell that Leprechaun is frightened, but he is trying so very hard not to show it.  He denies that he was the one who killed Nate, saying that he wasn’t even there that night.  Sammy parks and gets Leprechaun and a shovel out of the truck.  He tells Leprechaun to dig.  He digs for a while but finally tells Sammy that if he’s going to shoot him; go ahead, he’s not digging any more.  Sammy tells him to turn around and when he does, you can see the tears in Leprechaun's eyes. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ben McKenzie tweets!

After establishing a Twitter account, over 2900 fans were anxiously awaiting Ben's first tweet. Here it is.

"First. Tweet. Ever. Just a little short I made with some friends. Hope you enjoy. Be forewarned. It's very serious. http://t.co/YsIYESg

Welcome to tweeting, Ben.  

Ben's Twitter user name is @ben_mckenzie

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Continuing Emmy buzz.

Michael Auseillo's TV Line picks for Best Supporting Actor Drama

Michael and Shawn at Falling Skies Screening

                      Michael and Shawn at the Falling Skies premiere in West Hollywood, June 13, 2011.

                                                Shawn on the red carpet.