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Screen Queens: Regina King

In 2010, Regina King wrote a scathing Huffington Post piece about the Emmys' diversity problem. Initially upset when she noticed veteran Sesame Street actress Alaina Reed Hall was not included in that year’s In Memoriam tribute, she also was dismayed when she saw a photo of True Blood star Rutina Wesley with a caption that read, "Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys." "Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy," she noted . She later admitted that she assumed she'd never land an Emmy nomination, let alone win, after publishing that piece. But that's exactly what happened in 2015, when King took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for American Crime . She won again the following year. It may have surprised King, but it probably didn't surprise her fans, who've literally watched the actress grow up on TV, becoming one of the industry's most accomplished and wide-ranging performers.   The Child Actor Born in Cincinnati and raised in Los Angeles, King was just 14 when she landed her first acting role — and it was a good one. As Brenda, the smart and sassy daughter of Mary Jenkins on NBC's 227 , King got to spend five years learning from Jackée Harry and Marla Gibbs and perfecting her "are you kidding me?" face.     The Move to Movies Not yet 20 when 227 ended in 1990, King spent the first part of the decade shattering casting agents' perceptions of her in supporting roles in several films, including Boyz n the Hood , Poetic Justice , and Friday , before landing her most high-profile movie, Jerry Maguire . She made a few TV appearances in the mid-'90s, including guest spots on Northern Exposure and Living Single .     A Sitcom, a Drama, and a Cartoon The aughts were a mixed bag in terms of TV work. NBC sitcom Leap of Faith only lasted six episodes, despite a great cast that included Sarah Paulson and Ken Marino. (Low-for-2002 ratings of about 15 million would make it today's top comedy, by the way.) But King recurred as Sandra Palmer during Season 6 of 24 . Most importantly, she voiced Huey and Riley Freeman on the Peabody Award-winning animated series The Boondocks )     A TV Triumph Back when basic cable networks weren't quite the Emmy darlings they are now, King found critical success in TNT's Southland . The show began on NBC in 2009, but was canceled after seven episodes (in part so the network could implement the abysmal 10 p.m. Jay Leno experiment). TNT aired the remaining six, then kept it on the air through 2013. Her portrayal of Det. Lydia Adams earned her nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. The series also offered King her first shot at directing TV.     All Hail the King In 2015, King began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime , Oscar-winner John Ridley's exploration of crime and punishment in the U.S. Season 1 saw King playing Aliyah Shadeed, a devoutly religious convert to Islam helping her brother, a murder suspect. She won her second consecutive Emmy for her portrayal of Terri LaCroix in the second season, which shifted focus to racism, classism, and homophobia as seen through the prism of an alleged sexual assault. ( Season 3 is now airing.)     King's 2016 also saw her earn raves for her work on The Leftovers , HBO's devastating drama about people struggling to explain the sudden "departure" of 140 million people, about 2 percent of the world's population. (The third and final season premieres in April.)     A Behind-the-Scenes Queen As if appearing in two award-winning dramas wasn't enough, King also spent part of 2016 directing a handful of one-hour dramas: Pitch , Greenleaf , Animal Kingdom , The Catch , and Scandal . When you're the King, it's an obvious career move.     Who's your screen queen? Let us know in the comments below! And check out our other Screen Queens: Taraji P. Henson and Lauren Graham . p { text-align: justify; }

The Good Wife, Southland Coming to Hulu in June

The Good Wife 's Season 7 and all five seasons of Southland will debut on Hulu this month. Check out the full list of the TV shows and movies that will join them below:     Read More... //

Southland Slapped With $5 Million Lawsuit Over Autopsy Photo in Opening Montage

The gritty police drama Southland isn't on the air anymore, but it's just found itself in the middle of a real-life legal battle. The canceled series has been named in a lawsuit alleging that the show's opening montage made unauthorized use of an autopsy photo. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Hilda Abarca and Jessica Abarca, claim that the show's montage included an image of theirson/brother Andy Nelson Abarca, who was murdered in Los Angeles in 2005.   Read More... //

Shawn Hatosy Talks New CBS Drama RECKLESS, Avoiding the Trappings of a One-Note Character, the End of SOUTHLAND, and More

On the new CBS legal drama  Reckless , set in Charleston, South Carolina, divorced father or two, Roy Rayder ( Cam Gigandet ), is the new City Attorney thanks to his influential former father-in-law ( Gregory Harrison ).  When a disgraced cop ( Georgina Haig ) hires Yankee litigator Jamie Sawyer ( Anna Wood ), Jamie and Roy find themselves sparring in and out of the courtroom, as dark secrets threaten to tarnish the reputation of the town and its residents. Read More... //

SOUTHLAND and THE O.C. Actor Ben McKenzie to Play Gordon in GOTHAM Pilot

The DC Comics/Batman prequel series  Gotham  has found its Gordon, and one imagines the news has Seth Cohen shrieking with delight.  It was announced today that  Southland  and The O.C. star  Ben McKenzie  will play Jim Gordon in the pilot, which revolves around the Gotham’s future commissioner and takes place within the Batman universe.  The Fox show—which has a series commitment from the network—comes from executive producer/showrunner  Bruno Heller  ( The Mentalist ) and  Danny Cannon  ( CSI ,  Nikita ) is  onboard to direct  the pilot. Read more at  //

‘Southland’s’ Jamie McShane to Play Dad on ‘The Fosters’

Fans of ABC Family’s “The Fosters” will finally get to meet Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude’s (Hayden Byerly) dad, executive producer Peter Paige announced during Friday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Although Paige needed the cast’s help to remember his name, it was revealed that Jamie McShane will play the role of Donald Jacob. “I think it’s very important to understand Callie and Jude. When you meet him, it all comes together,” said Mitchell.  Read More... //

Southland's Tom Everett Scott Joins Beauty and the Beast

  Tom Everett Scott has landed a recurring role on Beauty and the Beast , Entertainment Weekly reports. The Southland alum will play...   //

'Shameless' Adds 'Newsroom,' 'Southland' Alums for Season 4 (Exclusive)

Nick Gehlfuss and Emily Bergl have boarded the Showtime drama.              //

'Southland' Star Regina King Talks About Grinding Hard (Exclusive Video)

Being a cop on a case is no picnic. But playing a cop on a case ban be pretty grueling too. In an exclusive clip from the DVD release of "Southland" Season 5, Regina King -- who played Det. Lydia Adams on the TNT cop drama -- talks about the particularly hectic shooting schedule that the show's cast and crew endured.  Read More...   //

'Southland' Stars React To Cancellation

Sometimes being great just isn’t good enough. After five years of beautifully crafted storytelling, realistic portrayals, award-worthy performances, and some of the most shocking moments on television, "Southland" has reached the dreaded end of watch. Read More... //