With delays and cancellation plaguing SouthLAnd, who would have guessed that we would be sitting here now, less than a week away from the premiere of its sophomore season on March 2nd. Out with NBC and their peacock and in comes TNT, a network that wasn’t afraid of to air a show deemed “too dark.” If we’ve learned anything from this ordeal it’s that a great show sometimes has a chance to find a better home, and that the one time unfortunate cancellation is now a Godsend – giving SouthLAnd the chance to not only survive, but thrive on a network that believes in it (cough – and off the sinking Titanic that is NBC – cough).
The season premiere, written by creator Ann Biderman and executive producer John Wells, gives fans just a taste of what they can expect to see in the episodes to come. With Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) all banged up with the possibility of never returning to the force, we’ll get to see Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) step in as Cordero, Adams’ (Regina King) new partner. Combine that with newcomer Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) and Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) dealing with a freeway shooting, Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie) being able to ride on his own (only if Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) lets him) and Brown (Arija Bareikis) having to deal with a riot after her new partner kills a 13-year-old boy and I’d say that’s a great way to kick off the second season.
SouthLAnd has always been known for its great locations and actually going to, and filming in, the places they’re trying to depict – and it’s is no different with the second season. Although maybe they should have thought twice before taking over a neighborhood in South Central, LA to film the riot from the season premiere.
Says John Wells,
“In the first episode… we have a mob scene. A number of people came out of their houses and started screaming and jumping into the fray and people started to then throw things at the cop cars. They didn’t know [that it was fake]. They actually thought that they were just jumping into the riot.”
“When you actually see the episode, the fear and the tension is real in a way that we could have never manufactured.”
Continuing with its same gritty documentary style of filmmaking that fans fell in love with, SouthLAnd has jumped leaps and bounds in terms of storytelling from its first season and has stepped it up in every way possible with the second. If you liked the first season, you’ll love what’s come in the second – and if you loved the first season, well, I don’t know… I guess you’ll super love it?
Although, I could be wrong. After all, NBC did give SouthLAnd the axe and as the world saw with most of their decisions this past season, NBC knows what they’re talking about when it comes to programming a network. (This is where I put the sarcasm, right?)
Looking for more? Check out a promo for the second season of SouthLAnd below,
Instead of boring you about how great the second season looks, I’ll leave it up to the wonderfully opinionated and number one SouthLAnd supporter, Michael Cudlitz (via Twitter), to tell you what he thinks of the promo.
I think that sums it up nicely.
Win the complete first season of SouthLAnd on DVD
To help promote the season premiere of SouthLAnd, TNT hooked us up with a copy of the complete first season on DVD to give away. It’s uncensored, so that means no more beeps or boops over the swear words (don’t really know what a boop is, besides the Betty variety, just thought it sounded good).
How to Enter:
Entering couldn’t be any simpler. It’s just two easy steps that you can do right now with a couple clicks of your mouse.
- Become a fan of Screen Rant on Facebook. (if you already are, you’re already halfway there)
- Comment on the article below. Make sure you’re using your real e-mail address and not logged is as a guest so that we can contact you for you address.
- Apologies to all our non-US readers, but the contest is only open to people who live in the United States.
- The contest will be open until 10PM on March 2, 2010 (the season premiere of SouthLAnd).
Following the season premiere, make sure to head over to TNT’s website because the cast will be doing a live video chat and answering all your questions.
So, does the new season of SouthLAnd look good to you? Will you be tuning in? Anyone else accidentally start a riot in South Central?
Make sure to watch the season premiere of SouthLAnd, Tuesday @10PM on TNT. Like Michael Cudlitz says, …it’s “where adults go to watch drama.”