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Southland Intertitle.jpg
An intertitle from the series
Genre Police procedural
Created by Ann Biderman
Starring Kevin Alejandro
Arija Bareikis
Michael Cudlitz
Shawn Hatosy
Regina King
Michael McGrady
Benjamin McKenzie
Tom Everett Scott
Theme music composer Frederico de Brito and Ferrer Trindade
Opening theme "Canção Do Mar" by Dulce Pontes (Instrumental Version)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ann Biderman
Christopher Chulack
John Wells
Location(s) Los Angeles
Production company(s) John Wells Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel NBC (Season 1)
TNT (Season 2)
Original run April 9, 2009 – May 21, 2009 (NBC)
January 12, 2010 – Present (TNT)
External links
Official website

Southland is an American drama[1] series created by Emmy Award winning writer Ann Biderman and produced by Warner Bros. Television. It premiered on NBC on April 9, 2009. On May 1, 2009, NBC announced that Southland had been renewed for a second season with an initial 13 episode order to begin airing on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm, one hour earlier than its original time slot.[2] Shortly before its scheduled premiere, NBC moved the opening of its second season to October 23, 2009, citing the need to promote the show more fully.[3] On October 8, 2009, NBC abruptly announced that the series had been cancelled.[4]

On November 2, 2009, TNT announced it has purchased the rights to Southland's original seven episodes, as well as six completed episodes from what would have been its second season. Southland began airing on TNT on January 12, 2010.[5] The network has no plans to change the look of the show, and no additional episodes of the series have been ordered pending an assessment of ratings for the original 13.[6]



According to NBC, Southland takes a "raw and authentic look" at Los Angeles and the lives of the LAPD officers who police it. The show's seven episodes[1] center around the experiences and interactions of LAPD patrol officers and detectives, and is more a character-driven drama than a police procedural.[7][8] Among the characters are rookie Officer Ben Sherman and his training officer, John Cooper; Detective Lydia Adams, who must balance work with responsibility for her mother; Officer Chickie Brown, who aspires to be the first woman on the elite SWAT Team; and Detective Sammy Bryant, whose home life interferes with his working life.[7] Ultimately, it was the dark tone of the series, deemed inappropriate for 9:00 pm, that led NBC to shut down production and cancel the show after previewing the first six episodes of the second season.[4] TNT began negotiating a move from NBC shortly after the show's cancellation, a process that took nearly a month.[6]

The second season, which premiered on TNT following the rebroadcast of the first season, de-emphasizes the ensemble cast, and instead follows the Adams and Sherman characters and their partners. Stories center more on how crimes come together, with less-serialized storylines.[9][10]


Main Cast

Actor Character
Kevin Alejandro Detective Nate Moretta
Arija Bareikis Officer Chickie Brown
Michael Cudlitz Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger
Benjamin McKenzie Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott Detective Russell Clarke (Season 1; recurring Season 2)

Recurring Cast

Actor Character Notes
Lori Alan ADA Deborah Janowitz (Season 1) Prosecutor assigned to precinct
Emily Bergl Tammi Bryant (Season 1−present) Detective Bryant's wife
Roxana Brusso Detective Alicia Fernandez (Season 1−present) Detectives Adams' and Clarke's supervisor
Patrick Fischler Detective Kenny "No-Gun" (Season 1−present)
C. Thomas Howell Officer Bill Dewey (Season 1−present) Officer Brown's alcoholic partner
Lex Medlin Detective Andy Williams (Season 1−present)
Amaury Nolasco Detective Rene Cordero (Season 2) Adams' interim partner



The show has received mostly positive reviews from critics, scoring a 69/100 on Metacritic.[11] Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal says "Prattle is, in any case, a minor note compared with the crackling pace of the first script, its evocative mood of menace at every turn, each police car racing to destinations that will reveal who knows what tragedy or unspeakable sight."[12] The Kansas City Star stated the show in even a more positive light saying "Southland is built to be bigger, and in that sense it succeeds immediately, thanks to excellent casting (especially Michael Cudlitz and Regina King as a cop and a detective), gritty location shooting around L.A. and storytelling that doesn’t hold the viewer’s hand."[13]

International broadcasting

Country Network Series Premiere
 Turkey DiziMax January 2010
 Canada Super Channel March 15, 2010[14]
 United Kingdom More4[15] TBA
 Norway TVNorge September 28, 2009
 Sweden TV3 October 7, 2009
 Portugal Fox Portugal November 30, 2009
 Bulgaria PRO.BG January, 2010
 Germany Kabel1[16] 2010


  1. ^ a b Wyatt, Edward. NBC's Latest Drama Has a (Temporary) Home, New York Times, April 8, 2009. Accessed August 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Schenider, Michael (May 1, 2009). "NBC picks up 'Southland'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  3. ^ Bryant, Adam (27 August 2009). "NBC Pushes Southland's Premiere to October". Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2009). "Southland Cancelled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ "TNT Picks Up Acclaimed Drama SOUTHLAND". TNT. 11/2/2009. 
  6. ^ a b Stetler, Brian. Turner Entertainment Sees the Broadcast Networks as Its Fattest Target, The New York Times, November 1, 2009. Accessed January 15, 2010.
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. The Futon's First Look: "Southland" (NBC), The Futon Critic, April 1, 2009. Accessed January 24, 2010.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. NBC at TCA: Leno, Silverman Draw Focus, The Futon Critic, August 6, 2009. Accessed January 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Borzillo-Vrenna, Carrie and Megan Masters. "NBC at TCA: Chuck Update, Southland Retools & More" E! Online, 5 August 2009.
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  12. ^ Rabinowitz, Dorothy. Truth and Consequences, The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2009. Accessed January 15, 2010.
  13. ^ Barnhart, Aaron. New network shows: Haven't I seen you before?, The Kansas City Star, April 8, 2009. Accessed January 15, 2010.
  14. ^ "Super Channel Southland schedule". Super Channel. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  15. ^ Holmwood, Leigh. More4 buys LA cop show Southland, The Guardian, August 28, 2009. Accessed January 15, 2010.
  16. ^ Kabel eins zeigt 2010 Southland

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