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EXCLUSIVE Photos: 'Southland' Gets Wild With 'The Winds'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 1st 2011 11:00AM
Back in December, I was lucky enough to get to play on the set of 'Southland.' Little did I know at the time that they were shooting the episode after last week's shocker, but even now, I'd definitely call this week's 'The Winds' action-packed.

'Southland,' Ben McKenzie & Michael Cudlitz
We've got two exclusive photos from tonight's episode (Tuesday, Feb. 1, 10PM ET on TNT), both featuring a very special guest star: a huge snake. When Officers Cooper and Sherman get called to a home, they arrive to find a small dog being strangled by someone's python. To make matters even worse, the two neighbors who own the pets are fighting, throwing F-bombs and totally freaking out.

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The Show Girl Talks Best of 2011 TV, 'Hot In Cleveland' & 'Southland' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 31st 2010 11:00AM
The Chicago CodeHappy New Year! 2010 was a crazy year for TV, but there's plenty to get excited for in 2011 -- I've got the super-fast rundown of some of the best new and returning shows, like 'The Chicago Code,' 'The Killing' and 'Episodes.' (If you haven't set your DVRs yet, now's the time.)

I also catch up with the cast of 'Hot In Cleveland.' They've got an amazing batch of guest stars for season 2 -- Mary Tyler Moore, anyone? -- but who are Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves hoping will come play?

Then I hit the set of 'Southland' to answer some fan questions. The most asked: Will Cooper get a love interest this season? Michael Cudlitz and Ben McKenzie sound off on who Cooper's dream lover is.

Got TV questions? Email me at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com or tweet me @TheTVShowGirl and I just might get you answers on the show.

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Michael Cudlitz & Ben McKenzie Talk 'Southland' Season 3 (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 28th 2010 11:00AM
Michael Cudlitz & Ben McKenzie, 'Southland''Southland' is back for Season 3 (premieres Tues., Jan. 4, 10PM ET on TNT) and even though they've had a long hiatus, the show's fast-paced action picks right back up where it left off.

Whether you followed the show over from NBC or discovered it when it made the move to cable, fans can all agree that it's one of the grittiest, most realistic police dramas on the air. Season 3 picks up with a shootout on L.A.'s high profile Hollywood Blvd., which stars Michael Cudlitz and Ben McKenzie find themselves right in the middle of.

I hit the set of 'Southland' -- a.k.a. a random residential neighborhood in L.A. -- to catch up with Cudlitz and McKenzie. They talked about their onscreen partnership, who's the biggest goofball and the show's tighter focus on their characters, Regina King's Det. Lydia Adams, and Shawn Hatosy's Det. Sammy Bryant. They also dished a little about upcoming storylines, pill addictions, nudity and more.

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'Southland' Cast Ramps Up for Season 3

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 26th 2010 5:45PM
To kick off the week and celebrate 'Southland' going back into production this Thursday in L.A., TNT hosted a cocktail party for select TV critics and journalists to mingle with the 'Southland' cast.

The overall consensus: everyone is ready to be back at work.

The cast and producers were all very tight-lipped about what's in store for season 3 of their critically-acclaimed, network-shuffled show (premieres January 2011), but they were very chatty regarding just about everything else.

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Ben McKenzie Drops His Pants for an Episode of 'Southland' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 9th 2010 7:09PM
We all know that TV is built on illusions: The interiors of buildings are on a sound stage, the exteriors are facades, the blood's not real. But acting without pants? Now that's really magical. On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Ben McKenzie revealed that -- since he was being filmed from the waist up -- he decided to go pantless for a scene in an upcoming episode of 'Southland.' The only problem? His red boxer briefs didn't exactly go with his pale legs.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Southland's Ben McKenzie loves the cancelling of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 7:04AM
The whole Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien shakeup may have the rest of the world crying like jilted prom queens, but it's got one man grinning from ear to ear. And no, it's not Jeff Zucker. That would be more of a giant, belly shaking James Bond villain laugh.

Ben McKenzie, the man who tore into Jay Leno and his former network for pushing his cop drama Southland out of its time slot when Jay moved into primetime, has said he's happy The Jay Leno Show is going out of commission.

While he says that Leno is a "great guy," it still doesn't change his sentiments that he's "glad it failed...Things have worked out in a good way."

I'm sure Conan seconds those thoughts. That should make his first interview on Fox's Up Late at Night with Conan O'Brien especially awkward when he goes on it to promote Southland on TNT.

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'Southland' on TNT Preview: Cast & Producers Talk What to Expect

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 7th 2010 3:00PM
As TNT's premiere of 'Southland' draws near, fans are no doubt wondering what to expect from the show that NBC so swiftly canceled before its second season could even premiere.

In an exclusive clip we saw from the first new episode -- which will begin airing after the original seven episodes from season 1 premiere on TNT (Tues., Jan. 12, 10PM ET) -- you can tell that the action picks right back up where it left off.

AOL TV got the chance to chat with 'Southland' stars Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz and Regina King, as well as executive producers Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack. As should be expected, they're all incredibly excited about their new home, their big commercial-free cable premiere, the extra 6-plus minutes of bonus footage that'll also debut with the premiere and the future of the show.

Here are some of the biggest questions they tackled, head-on ... 'Southland'-style.

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The Show Girl Talks to Simon Baker, Joshua Jackson and Ben McKenzie - VIDEO

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 13th 2009 4:00PM
Joshua Jackson, 'Fringe'You've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

This week, I sit down and get personal with 'The Mentalist' star Simon Baker in a very special interview, even getting him to answer a fan question from the live audience, and open up about being a dad.

And, for you 'Fringe' fans out there, I have scoop straight from Joshua Jackson on everyone's favorite bald man of mystery, The Observer. (Don't you want to know why he puts Tobasco on everything?) I also get 'Southland' star Ben McKenzie to promise he'll finally get on Twitter ... if fans of his do one little thing.

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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Ben McKenzie Talks 'Southland,' Jay Leno and Upcoming "Kissy-Kiss Scenes"

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:15PM
Ben McKenzie, 'Southland'In the settling dust of the 'Southland' cancellation scandal, star Ben McKenzie has an amazing attitude about the whole ordeal -- especially considering he's having to do interviews when he's technically on a break from working, and also under the weather. "This is not work ... no, no, no. I don't consider this work, I consider this a pleasure," he insisted. (Yeah, I'm blushing, too.)

But with continuing chatter about what TNT's 'Southland' pickup means for the show, its stars and its rabid fan base, there are certainly a few things to clear up, and McKenzie was happy to help us do just that.

Like the fact that 'Southland' will be premiering commercial-free, and with some never-before-seen footgage, on TNT Tues., Jan. 12, at 10pm ET. Fans will get to re-watch the show's first seven episodes -- which also gives new viewers a chance to catch up -- before brand new episodes premiere Tues., March 2.

Even though we chatted with Michael Cudlitz recently as well -- "'Southland'-o-rama, I love it!," McKenzie celebrated. "A 'Southland' sandwich!" -- there was still more to discuss, including new episodes, bleeping, "kissy-kiss scenes" and Canadian tuxedos. Get all this dish and more -- like McKenzie's well-wishes for former 'O.C.' costar Mischa Barton, whose cancelled show 'The Beautiful Life' will never be rescued by a cable network -- right here.

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Goodbye Southland

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2009 10:07PM
Oh, this is going to tick off sooooo many people.

NBC has decided to cancel Southland! They have finished filming six episodes for season two but NBC suddenly pulled the plug on the show. There's still a chance that a cable network could pick it up. I can picture the show on FX or TNT or USA. Or maybe NBC could put it on Bravo? Nah, then they'd have no room for Real Housewives of Bangor, Maine.

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Greatest TV Bad Boys

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 13th 2009 6:00AM
My So-Called LifeOh, bad boys, what would we do without you? While in real life you're more trouble than you're worth, on screen your sulky swaggering, tough talk and icy eyes almost always belie a tender heart beneath the bravado. And that's where you're best enjoyed -- from a safe distance.

Here's a look at the TV desperados who made our hearts melt, in our countdown of TV's Top 20 Bad Boys. -- By Liane Bonin

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NBC renews Southland

by Bob Sassone, posted May 2nd 2009 3:00PM
Southland renewed for 13 more episodes

Really, this isn't a huge surprise.

NBC has renewed the new Thursday night police drama Southland for another 13 episodes. The reason why I don't think this is a big surprise is because the show is getting some attention (though the ratings aren't as good as they were when the first episode debuted) and because it's a John Wells, show, and if there's anyone who is going to get a thumbs up from NBC its Wells, who also did ER, The West Wing, and Third Watch for the network. I guess it's interesting that it's 13 episodes and not a full season, but that order could be upped later (or maybe this will become more of the norm, renewing shows with a shorter episode order).

Now, NBC, when you announce which shows you've picked up and which shows aren't coming back on Monday, could you please renew Chuck for another season? Thanks.

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Southland: Sally in the Alley - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 11:16AM

I think I'd like Southland a lot more if it just focused on the cops played by Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz. I find myself getting less interested when they cut away from what they're doing. I think Southland should be like a fictional version of Cops, showing the two cops inside the car talking and then going to various calls during the hour. I know, you're thinking, that's just Adam-12. But I really liked Adam-12!

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Southland -- An early look - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 3rd 2009 1:29PM
southland early look nbc hulu

, the gritty new police drama from film producer Ann Biderman, puts the spotlight on the dark and grimy corners of Los Angeles as seen through the eyes of uniformed cops and plainclothes detectives. Unfortunately, the series premiere is mired in cop show clichés and forgets to deliver anything we haven't seen before.

The first episode – stream it now or watch it below, a week before it debuts on NBC – owes a lot to NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life on the Street and countless other cop shows that came before it. It's a procedural with a large cast about cops struggling to balance "the job" with their personal lives.

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The OC: The Case of the Franks

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 2nd 2007 11:14AM

Ben McKenzie as Ryan Atwood on 'The OC.'(S04E13) One down and four to go. It's starting to feel like the end too, isn't it? Everyone seems to be finding their place. Sort of.

First off... Frank. I don't think I like him as much as I did the first time around. The whole idea of Ryan's father suddenly being in the picture feels a little forced. It was really the one unresolved thing left in his life and for that reason I suppose it makes sense that he's here now. It's just awkward and I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe because he's been around for about 8 seconds and he's in love with Julie? Or because it's Kevin Sorbo?

I suppose it doesn't matter because the one thing you have to remember is what the show is about.

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