Will 'Southland' be canceled? Ben McKenzie cast in CBS pilot 'Advocates'

"Southland" star Benjamin McKenzie has signed on for a leading role in CBS's "Advocates" pilot, just in case "Southland" does not return for a sixth season. McKenzie will play Henry Bird, a male ex-con who is released after 16 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He teams up with a female lawyer, who has yet to be cast, as "victim advocates." Essentially, they stretch the law a bit to right injustices in the legal system and to fight for the underdogs. "Advocates" is from "The Mentalist" executive producer Bruno Heller. McKenzie's character is described as "quietly determined."So what does this mean for "Southland"? McKenzie's "Advocates" role is in second position to the underrated cop drama, meaning that if "Southland" does return, McKenzie will go right back to playing Officer Ben Sherman and his role on "Advocates" will have to be re-cast.Warner Bros. produces both "Southland" and "Advocates," so one could reasonably assume...



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