The official word: TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series SOUTHLAND takes viewers directly to the streets of LA to present an intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat. The extraordinary series from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing) is now set to return for its third season. SOUTHLAND, which stars Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Dexter, Public Enemies), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and Ben McKenzie (The O.C.), is slated to premiere on TNT Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). . . .
In SOUTHLAND, King stars as Detective Lydia Adams, who seems to make every case personal. Adams has gone through several partners recently, with her most recent being Detective Josie Ochoa (Jenny Gago – My Family, American Family), a tough, take-charge investigator whose style often conflicts with Lydia.
Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) is a seasoned cop who is starting to show some cracks. His partner, Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie) came to him as a rookie but is now growing up fast on the force. John has taught Ben much of what he knows about how to handle himself on the street, but Ben’s growing concern over his partner’s addiction to prescription pain killers threatens to drive a wedge between them.
Detective Sammy Bryant (Hatosy) is part of the LAPD’s gang task force with his partner, Detective Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood, Weeds). Sammy frequently faces issues with his wife, a photographer with past drug problems. Nate, an Army vet, cares deeply about his kids, including a daughter who only recently found out he was her father.
In addition to Alejandro and Gago, SOUTHLAND’s outstanding returning ensemble cast includes: Arija Bareikis (Crossing Jordan) as Officer Chickie Brown, and C. Thomas Howell (TNT’s Gettysburg) as her recovering-alcoholic partner, Officer Billy Dewey; Michael McGrady (The Thin Red Line, Day Break) as Detective Daniel Salinger, the head of the gang division; and Tom Everett Scott (Boiler Room, ER, TNT’s Saved) as Russell Clarke, Lydia’s former partner who is now working a desk job after being shot.
This season on SOUTHLAND, Lydia has difficulty adjusting to her mother’s return home from Europe with a new boyfriend in tow. The relationship forces Lydia to consider her own life and the fact that remains a single woman. Meanwhile, Ben continues to come into his own as a cop, but he feels increasing pressure to intervene in John’s addiction. And Sammy and his wife face a major life change that could have devastating consequences for their marriage.