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A 'Southland' movie? Here's what we'd want to see

A 'Southland' movie? Here's what we'd want to see
It’s been a year since I said goodbye to the members of Southland’s incredibly attractive, incredibly damaged Lapd, and I still can’t let them go. You can blame it on the fact that we left John Cooper lying on the ground bleeding, or you can blame it on the fact that the finale was one of the show’s greatest episodes to date, but honestly, I think it’s simpler than all that. I blame it on the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that some people think a show that
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7 Actors who need to guest star on The Good Wife

Since its premiere, The Good Wife has done what is nearly impossible for most shows- it is stunningly smart, perfectly paced, and beautifully written, and it has only gotten better in its game-changing fifth season. Guest stars are nothing new to the show, which has the most creative and entertaining guest casting on television, and it uses these performers incredibly well, folding them into stories the audience is already invested in alongside characters we care about. With each new guest star, The Good Wife manages to accomplish yet another often unachievable feat: making us care about the guests we’ll likely only see for a few episodes as much as the regular characters. The series has already peopled its world with a fantastic group of actors (check out Kate Arthur’s ranking of 76 of them from last year to get an idea), but it can always add a few more.
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'Southland' Star Regina King Talks About Grinding Hard (Exclusive Video)

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'Southland' Star Regina King Talks About Grinding Hard (Exclusive Video)
Being a cop on a case is no picnic. But playing a cop on a case ban be pretty grueling too. In an exclusive clip from the DVD release of "Southland" Season 5, Regina King -- who played Det. Lydia Adams on the TNT cop drama -- talks about the particularly hectic shooting schedule that the show's cast and crew endured. Also read: Emmys: 'Southland's' Michael Cudlitz Wants to Bring Back a Character Who Will 'F--- You Up' "Today is one of our days when we're grinding pretty hard because we're in three
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Status at the Half, Part 1: Top 10 TV Series of 2013 (So Far)

2013 is only halfway done, but there’s a fair chance that, in a television context, it might well be looked back upon as the year any and all accepted rules of “quality television” became utterly meaningless and the promise of great things arrived in all shapes and sizes, from all directions. Consider Netflix’s House of Cards and the resurrected Arrested Development: existing properties, incredible casts, and a novel delivery method to boot. Consider HBO’s increasingly epic and brutal Game of Thrones and the way it’s managed to capture the zeitgeist despite firmly belonging to a long-derided genre. Consider the continued reign of FX’s animated spy comedy Archer, complete with the best rapid-fire humor on TV. Consider Mad Men, still relevant as it heads into its final season. Consider the wildly popular The Walking Dead and the long-form horror that is sure to follow in its wake.
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'Southland' season (or series?) finale: 'We're just getting into the meat of who these people are'

'Southland' season (or series?) finale: 'We're just getting into the meat of who these people are'
After last week’s incredibly visceral, emotionally draining episode of Southland, it’s hard to imagine that tonight’s season 5 finale could have any juice left, but according to the stars of the show, the finale delivers the same shock factor, albeit slightly less graphic.

We caught up with four stars of the show — Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy, Michael Cudlitz and Regina King — to talk about where their characters are headed in what could potentially be Southland’s series finale (if TNT decides against ordering a season 6). Here’s what tonight’s episode has in store:

Michael Cudlitz on John Cooper
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Girl Meets World Meets Jackée

Today’s headline involves a match made in TV heaven, which is some thirty years in the making. Actress Jackée Harry, often known as simply Jackée, has just booked the Girl Meets World pilot.

As you know, the Disney pilot, which has yet to be officially picked up, is a sequel to the popular ABC series Boy Meets World. In Girl Meets World we re-visit Cory, acted by Ben Savage and Topanga, acted by Danielle Fishel, who are now married with children. The show proposes to center on the couple’s daughter.

Well, another TV legend will appear in the pilot, reports the Huffington Post. It’s Jackée! The jury is still out on what role she’s playing.

Before we learned this latest development, the biggest news for the pilot was that Mr. Feeny actor, William Daniels would also appear in the pilot!

Jackée is best known for roles on Sister,
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Pilot News: Regina King Joins ABC's Divorce

Pilot News: Regina King Joins ABC's Divorce
Another day, another Southland star making contingency plans.

Regina King has booked a role in the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers

Based on the Israeli format, the multi-cam comedy centers on Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple who were bad together but are even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each other’s lives. Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin (Rules of Engagement) will executive-produce.

King will play Cassandra, the diva-minded wife of Ike (Adam Goldberg, NYC 22), Kenny’s best friend.
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Regina King on Directing Southland and Representing Other Working Moms

Regina King is making her Southland directorial debut tonight, and she stopped by our La studios to tell us all about playing double duty. Regina has starred on the cop drama since the first season aired on NBC in 2009 and continued her role as Detective Lydia Adams as the show made its move to TNT. Regina's flexed her directing muscle in the past, but this was the first time she's directed her own series and her Southland costars. Check out our interview to see what she told us about working motherhood and her teenage son, as well as her memorable real-life interactions from female police officers who watch the show. Southland airs Wednesdays at 10/9 Central.
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Regina King on Directing Southland and Making Detectives "Proud"

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Regina King on Directing Southland and Making Detectives
Regina King is making her Southland directorial debut tonight, and she stopped by our La studios to tell us all about playing double duty. Regina has been starring on the cop drama since the first season aired on NBC in 2009 and has continued her role as Detective Lydia Adams through its move to TNT. While she's flexed her directing chops in the past, this was the first time she's directed her own show and her Southland costars. Check out our interview to see what else Regina has to say about her son's musical aspirations, her character's complicated love life, and more. Southland airs Wednesdays at 10/9 Central.
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Southland Exclusive: Regina King on Directing, Lydia's Rough Season and More

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On tonight’s Southland Season 5 episode, Regina King not only does her usual stellar work in front of the camera as Detective Lydia Adams, she also steps behind the lens to direct “Off Duty."

We jumped on the phone with King yesterday to talk about the challenges of directing herself and her co-stars, as well whether our gal Lydia is ever going to get a piece of happiness. Read on for excerpts from this exclusive Q&A...

TV Fanatic: First, you not only direct this week’s episode but Lydia also has a meaty story. Was it more or less difficult to direct when you’re also in so many scenes?

Regina King: Much more difficult! I can say that because I directed a film on our break so I was able to actually have the first-hand experience of being only behind the camera and doing both and it’s more difficult doing both.
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First Look: Regina King Directs Southland

Southland's Regina King worked a double shift for the TNT drama's March 13 show, starring as Det. Lydia Adams and directing the episode. "Let's just say I didn't get much sleep," she says. It's not the first time King has yelled "Action!" (she shot the movie Let the Church Say Amen, which will air on Bet later this year), but it is her first time helming Southland.

The episode reconnects Detective Adams with a man she sent to...

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Southland's Back on the Beat — And This Time It's Personal

Despite the gritty realism of its on-the-street look at the Los Angeles Police Department, Southland has always been more about the cops than the cases they work. In Season 5, which premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on TNT, the show takes its character-driven focus even further.

"This season is going to deal a lot more with all of our personal demons and putting them to bed or the inability to put them to bed," Michael Cudlitz tells TVGuide.com. "There are issues that have always been there, but now they're getting magnified. ... You're going to see a lot of what makes these people tick and what makes them explode."

Winter TV Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

The new season finds Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) returning to his role as a training officer only to be disgusted by his rookie's jaded view of the world. But it's the complications between
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Southland's Back on the Beat — And This Time It's Personal

Southland's Back on the Beat — And This Time It's Personal
Despite the gritty realism of its on-the-street look at the Los Angeles Police Department, Southland has always been more about the cops than the cases they work. In Season 5, which premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on TNT, the show takes its character-driven focus even further.

"This season is going to deal a lot more with all of our personal demons and putting them to bed or the inability to put them to bed," Michael Cudlitz tells TVGuide.com. "There are issues that have always been there, but now they're getting magnified. ... You're going to see a lot of what makes these people tick and what makes them explode."

Winter TV Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

The new season finds Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) returning to his role as a training officer only to be disgusted by his rookie's jaded view of the world. But it's the complications between
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Regina King Talks New Season Of 'Southland'

Regina King Talks New Season Of 'Southland'
New York — When "Southland" returns to TNT on Wednesday, viewers will see the character of Los Angeles police Detective Lydia Adams as a new mom desperately in need of sleep.

"She's not juggling things so well. Motherhood is not coming naturally," said actress Regina King, who plays Adams, in a recent interview.

"I think Lydia has always been one of those (people) who has been pretty good at everything she's done, so I wouldn't say that it's coming as a shock to her; it's just a lot. She didn't anticipate having a colicky baby, so she's not getting any sleep, and that affects everything, especially being a detective. ... She's not like 100 percent."

Off-camera, King can definitely relate. She's not a new mom, but she's been pulling double duty, directing and acting in an upcoming episode of the acclaimed series.

"It's tiring because as a director you have to be thinking about everything,
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TV Review: TNT’s Riveting ‘Southland’ Reflects Dark Times

Chicago – I know I’ve said this before but the season premiere of TNT’s “Southland,” airing tonight at 9pm Cst, feels even darker than last year or the year before. It could be just a show trying to top itself in terms of edgy subject matter but it feels genuine here, like the show is increasingly reflecting our darker times. Life on the streets of Los Angeles isn’t getting easier in 2013 and few shows have ever captured what it’s like to be a cop in the city of angels more dramatically than the best cop show since “The Shield.”

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

The comparison to Shawn Ryan’s brilliant drama feel more apt this year as Officer Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) continues what now feels like a series-long arc from wide-eyed rookie to bitter veteran. He’s not quite Walter White but he is breaking bad in his own way,
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The Wednesday Playlist: Southland, a Middle Valentine, Survivor

Drama, comedy, reality: This is one of those nights where TV is firing on all cylinders.

Let's start with the heavy lifting. One of TV's most encouraging survival stories returns with the fifth-season premiere of TNT's uncommonly gritty police drama Southland (10/9c), a network reject (from NBC's darkest period) that thrives on cable, with a sharper focus and a determined avoidance of procedural cliché.

Each episode is like a graphic tour of duty on the streets of Los Angeles, and in the opener, it's not always immediately clear if the patrol cops and detectives in the line of fire are witnessing a real crime or make believe or some other sort of scam. (One vignette involving a brawl between naked men in a sauna looks like an outtake from Spartacus.) "Treat it like a circus," seasoned training office John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) advises his latest ride-along, an Afghan War vet with too much attitude.
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Exclusive Southland Video: Lydia Returns to Work, Cooper Lays Down the Law

The officers of Southland return to the job on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (TNT, 10/9c), and we’ve got your exclusive first look at the new season.

Related | Scoop on Southland and 38 Other Returning Favorites!

When we last saw Det. Lydia Adams, she had decided to take on a less active role on the force during her pregnancy. But as you can see in the following trailer, Season 5 will find the working mom once again chasing down the bad guys, while things remain tense between partners Sammy and Ben (“There’s a law against that, you know,” the younger officer points out to Sammy,
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Big Bang Theory: Sheldon’s In Trouble With Regina King

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Given Sheldon’s general lack of anything close to resembling appropriate social skills, I’m not at all surprised to learn he will be sat down by the head of human resources at the university he’s employed at for a talk regarding his attractive assistant Alex (Margo Harshman). And, once again, given Sheldon’s lack of social skills, I hardly think Sheldon has gotten himself in trouble for sexually harassing someone in a position ripe for such a thing. I mean, with Margo Harshman as your assistant, how could you not at least think about taking that out for a test ride. But Sheldon isn’t built for that, so this meeting is about something else.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Regina King was cast in the role of Mrs. Davis, the director of employee relations. She questions Sheldon after he has an uncomfortable conversation with Alex. Why do
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Regina King to Guest Star on The Big Bang Theory

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Known as a rather intense actress, Regina King will put her comedic chops on display this January.

The Southland star has booked a guest-starring gig on The Big Bang Theory, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will appear on TV's most-watched sitcom as Mrs. Davis, the director of employee relations at the university where Sheldon works.

Look for the character to question Sheldon after our favorite physicist gets in trouble after a conversation with Margo Harshman's Alex.

King plays Lydia Adams on the aforementioned TNT drama, as well. And Southland Season 5 kicks off on February 13.
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Southland: this overlooked cop show is well worth a watch

Rough-edged La crime drama Southland has more depth than the average cop show, and complex, believable characters – not to mention an excellent performance from Lucy Liu

Elementary may have proved to be mildly diverting procedural fun, rather than a dramatic match for its British counterpart Sherlock, but among the Us show's positives has been the return of Lucy Liu to TV screens as the icy, occasionally amused Joan Watson.

After a period where she became best known for voicing a snake in Kung Fu panda, it's good to see Liu back centre stage. But Watson isn't her only current TV role that demands attention – she's even better in the unfairly overlooked cop show Southland, which begins its fourth season on More4 this week.

As Officer Jessica Tang, Liu takes a character who could have been seen as little more than a bundle of quirks with a troubled past and makes her entirely understandable.
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