I was fortunate enough to receive a sneak peek to Season 2 of “SouthLAnd” (which premiere tonight on TNT…check your local listings). Unfortunately, the drive that was sent to me didn’t work. That won’t stop me from supporting this fantastic police drama!
Not since “NYPD Blue” (thus far the best cop show EVER!) was on the air have I been so excited for a cop show (and Lord knows I’ll watch any cop show at least once to see if it’s worth my time!). It’s nice to see a show that gives as much attention to character development and story line as it does to proper police procedure (insofar as a TV can, that is).
I’ll never forget watching the Steve Martin classic “Roxanne” when the barn was on fire and he was giving direction to his rag tag band of volunteer firefighters. I remember my Dad being so impressed (he was still a captain back then). He said, “That was the same direction I’d have given if that was a real, working fire.” Obviously, the folks behind “Roxanne” had competent consultants. The producers of “SouthLAnd” seem to have the same standard of quality that makes this show the “realistic, gritty, drama” it is portended to be.
Cops and firefighters are notoriously critical of how their livelihoods are portrayed; be it in the media or Hollywood. To get a resounding show of support from the LEO community is a feather in the cap of the cast, crew, producers, and, most importantly, writers of “SouthLAnd”.
I stopped watching the continued bastardization of “Law & Order” years ago. Once Ice-T was cast as a police detective, I was out. Really?!? You boneheads are gonna cast the guy that sang “Cop Killer”? Your show can fuck right off.
So, you can bet my DVR will be fired up and ready come tonight! It’s a well written, well acted show with quite a talented cast. I hope this show continues to perform well. If the first season was any indication, “SouthLAnd” is headed for the award show circuit come next year!
Well done, TNT! You’ve saved a quality show and have once again proven NBC has their collective head in a dark, smelly place. (With the exception of “Chuck”, “Community”, “The Office”, and “30 Rock”…otherwise, suck it NBC!)