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'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... //

Southland Season 5 Episode 7 “Heroes”

Southland "Heroes" Season 5 Episode 7 airs Wednesday, March 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 7 "Heroes" – 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... ">READ MORE...

Southland Set Visit: Scoop from the Cast!

It's just another tough day in Southland on this week's " Bleed Out ." Read More... //

Southland Season 5 Episode 6 “Bleed Out”

Southland "Bleed Out" Season 5 Episode 6 airs Wednesday, March 20, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 6 "Bleed Out" – In episode six, the day’s events bring all of our cops face to face with some of their greatest fears. The death of a baby shakes Lydia to her core. Sammy is questioned by I.A. about his altercation with Tammi. A difficult day on the job causes Cooper to seek solace in Hicks (guest star Gerald McRaney) but finds none. Ben becomes more deeply involved with Brooke (guest star Annie Monroe) while continuing to see Elena (guest star Carmen Corral). READ MORE...

Will 'Southland' Be Renewed?

Will "Southland" get a Season 6 ? Fans of the TNT series have been worried about the show's future, especially since stars Ben McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy have both signed on for second-position pilots (i.e. if "Southland" doesn't get renewed for a sixth season, they each have a pilot gig lined up).Read More... //

Southland Season 5 Episode 5 “Off Duty”

Southland "Off Duty" Season 5 Episode 5 airs Wednesday, March 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Southland Season 5 Episode 5 "Off Duty" – John is forced to think about what life will hold for him once he leaves the LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to death row earlier in her career. Much to his chagrin, Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity for the day after a very public act of heroism. Ben makes a dubious decision to get a drug dealer arrested. And a foot pursuit puts Dewey in danger. READ MORE...

Southland Season 5 Episode 4 “Under the Big Top”

Southland "Under the Big Top" Season 5 Episode 4 airs Wednesday, March 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis: Lydia and Reuben track the killer of a man whose body was slow cooked down to the bone. John and Lucero settle into their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls. Ben and Sammy respond to an insane bank robbery in which the suspects throw cash out into the streets as they make their escape in a getaway car. READ MORE...

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... //

Southland Season 5 Episode 3 “Babel”

Southland  "Babel" Season 5 Episode 3  airs Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis:  A breakdown in the LAPD’s dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops, all of whom are already grappling with communication issues. Lydia, in a moment of weakness, reaches out to her old flame, Terrell (guest star  Michael Jace). John is assigned a new partner; Ben and Sammy’s partnership is strained just as Ben makes a romantic connection on the job. READ MORE...