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'Southland' Wraps Fifth Season With Ratings Improvement and an Uncertain Future

One of several bubble dramas on TNT, the critically acclaimed and modestly performing cop show finishes its latest run with a viewership boost -- and three stars attached to other projects.

Southland Season 5 Finale 2013 “Reckoning”

Southland Season 5 Finale 2013 “Reckoning” airs Wednesday, April 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 10 “Reckoning” – John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping. Sammy closes in on the real robbers. Lydia continues to pursue John’s kidnappers and becomes more intimate with an old friend. READ MORE...

'Southland' finale sets up potential Season 6 with a shocking cliffhanger: Will the show return?

Well, that was a finale. Tonight's Season 5 closer of "Southland" left most of our favorite characters' fates up in the air, which is particularly anxiety-inducing given the fact that the show has yet to be picked up by TNT for a Season 6. The good news? Lydia and Russell started to acknowledge the developments in their relationship, with him asking "What are we doing here?" when she skipped the glory of a press conference to spend time with him and her son. The bad news? Pretty much everything else. Ben's spiral into corruption came to a painful climax as Sammy got to the bottom of all of Ben's less-than-respectable behavior this season. It seems that Ben has officially been branded a "dirty cop" -- and it's very hard to come back from that, particularly given Sammy's disgust with him.Cooper's story was certainly the most compelling. He's been bottling a lot of rage this season,...

Southland Finale: Is This the Show's Last Ride?

On Wednesday's Southland (series?) finale, the entire Los Angeles Police Department will be fighting for one of their own. This season's harrowing penultimate episode saw John Cooper ( Michael Cudlitz ) and his partner Henry Lucero ( Anthony Ruvivar ) kidnapped by drug addicts. By the end of the hour, Lucero was dead and Cooper only escaped after playing dead in a grave he'd dug for himself. Wednesday's episode (10/9c, TNT) picks up about three weeks later, and while John still hasn't been cleared to carry a gun and return to active duty, the rest of the force, including detetcives Adams ( Regina King ) and Robinson ( Dorian Missick ) are searching for the tweakers. "Cops don't go missing all the time, so when they do, it's a huge deal," Cudlitz tells

Southland Season 5 Episode 9 “Chaos”

Southland “Chaos” Season 5 Episode 9 airs Wednesday, April 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 9 “Chaos” – In episode nine, chaos prevails in the city of angels when Cooper and Lucero are kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of tweakers. All of our cops join the frantic search to find their brothers in blue before it is too late. Sammy searches for Strokeface. Ben tries to throw Sammy off the trail while simultaneously dealing with an increasingly irrational Brooke (guest star Annie Monroe). READ MORE...

Top Moments: Idol Gets Glitter-Happy, and Lindsay Lohan Does Time with David Letterman

Our best moments of the week: 12. Best Dynasty Homage: There's been a lot of death and violence on The Following , but until this week, the show had been seriously lacking one key dramatic television component: a catfight. Fortunately, we can check off that box after Claire confronts Emma, the Follower who posed as her nanny and kidnapped her son. Claire slams her against the wall in a chokehold and repeatedly insists, "I'm going to kill you." Just the kind of woman who might marry a serial killer, ay? We finally...

Southland First Look: Shaq Is on the Beat!

Wednesday's Southland will feature arguably the show's biggest guest star ever — and we're not just talking about celebrity status! Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal guest-stars on Wednesday's episode as a detective who crosses paths with Officer John Cooper ( Michael Cudlitz ), who turns out to be a familiar face. "[His character] and I went to the Academy together and came up in the ranks together," Cudlitz tells

Southland Season 5 Episode 8 “The Felix Paradox”

Southland “The Felix Paradox” Season 5 Episode 8 airs Wednesday, April 3, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 8 “The Felix Paradox” – John takes drastic measures to try to save Hicks (guest star Gerald Mcraney) while being confronted with demons from his past. Sammy’s lie about the tape weighs heavily on his conscious. Lydia and Ruben track down a John Doe. Ben’s relationship with Elena (guest star Carmen Corral) becomes more serious. READ MORE...

'Southland' guest star Gerald McRaney has nothing but love for Michael Cudlitz

Gerald McRaneymay be in his mid-60s, but he hasn't slowed down a bit. After terrifying the tarnished souls of HBO's "Deadwood" as murderous tycoon George Hearst, the "Major Dad" star went on to be a regular on CBS' "Jericho" and NBC's short-lived "Undercovers," and has appeared in USA's "Fairly Legal," A&E's "Longmire," Netflix's new "House of Cards" and FX's "Justified" -- where he was last seen on Feb. 12 having a blowtorch almost applied to his butchered leg."I don't think I bled out," McRaney tells Zap2it over lunch in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "The guy did, in fact, cauterize the wound."McRaney also played Capt. Patrick Murphy in several episodes of CBS' romantic comedy "Mike & Molly," which has a strange connection to Western drama "Deadwood" (which also starred Timothy Olyphant and Jim Beaver of "Justified")."The people who produce 'Mike & Molly,'" he says, over lunch in Sherman Oaks, Calif., "have a love for 'Deadwood.' They've tried to hire everybody from 'Deadwood' that they can get their hands on...

'Southland,' 'Doctor Who' and 'Girls' earn Peabody Awards

Whether "Southland" gets another season on TNT is up in the air at the moment, but the drama series has at last received some awards recognition."Southland" is one of 39 honorees at the 72nd annual Peabody Awards, which honors excellence in broadcasting. The Peabody jury praises the show for its characters, "whose personalities have become more nuanced by the season," and says the show is "as convincing as a cop drama gets."Per usual, the awards went to an eclectic mix of scripted series, documentaries and news programs. Other series earning Peabodys for 2013 are "Doctor Who" ("for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe"), "Louie," "Switched at Birth" and "Girls." HBO also won awards for its movie "Game Change" and "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," along with a couple of documentaries.The "Robin's Journey" series on "Good Morning America," following anchor Robin Roberts' battle with a rare disease, was...