Season Three Finale Advance Episode Review
“Graduation Day” Airing March 8, 2011
Tuesday nights at 10 PM EST on TNT
March 6, 2011
By Lena Lamoray
From Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack comes a raw and authentic look at a police unit in Los Angeles. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East Los Angeles, “Southland” is a fast-moving drama that will take viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. Michael Cudlitz (“A River Runs Through It”) plays John Cooper a seasoned Los Angeles cop, assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie, “The O.C.”). Cooper’s honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Cudlitz and McKenzie are joined by other cast members, including Regina King (“Ray,” “Jerry Maguire”), who plays Detective Lydia Adams. Adams lives with and is the primary caregiver of her mother. Her partner, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott, “Boiler Room”) is an unhappily married father of three. Michael McGrady (“The Thin Red Line”) plays Detective Daniel “Sal” Salinger. Sal oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro, “Drive,” “Ugly Betty”) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy, “Alpha Dog”). Arija Bareikis (“Crossing Jordan”) plays patrol officer Chickie Brown, a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT.
“Graduation Day” – Premieres Tuesday, March 8, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) In the gripping season finale, challenges abound for Ben Sherman on his final day as a rookie. But nothing is more daunting to the officer than figuring out how to handle his partner’s growing reliance on painkillers. Directed by Chris Chulack. Written by John Wells.
SOUTHLAND Advance Review, Season 3 Finale, “Graduation Day” Airing 3/8/2011
SOUTHLAND wraps up another season this week with another phenomenal episode. This season has been extraordinary. I have a love hate relationship with season finales. They always tend to be the best episode of the season but that comes with a price. You have to say goodbye to your favorite characters and take a break from your weekly small screen cinematic journeys of delight. SouthLAnd is definitely my favorite cop show on, at this moment. It reminds me of “The Shield” with a little “Cops” blended in. It is raw and gritty and has the perfect amount of everything. The writing and storylines are superb. The acting is brilliant and so full of intense passion. I can’t say one negative thing about the show. I really hope we get to celebrate at least ten more seasons of SouthLAnd because as of right now we don’t know if we are getting another season and it really would be a shame to lose such a magnificent show.
Read the review: http://www.lenalamoray.com/REVIEW-SOUTHLAND-GRADUATION-DAY.html