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Yes! TNT Renews "Southland" For 5th Season!

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 4, 2012 1:28 PM
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And it's about damn time too!

Southland will live to fight another day... another 10 days, as TNT has ordered 10 episodes for a 5th season of the police drama - a show I only started watching this season, and was instantly hooked!

Season 5 is slated to begin in February 2013, so a few months to wait, although time flies!

Great news of course for its cast, which includes Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, and Dorian Missick as her partner, Detective Ruben Robinson. Although the list of series' regulars, recurring, and guests, is long; as is its crew list, which includes Cheo Hodari Coker - a series writer, and co-producer - whom I wrote about this morning (penning an adaptation of Walter Mosley's Man In The Basement with Anthony Mackie attached to star.

For season 5, the show plan on "going deeper into the lives of Southland‘s extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe," said Michael Wright President, Head of Programming TNT.

Looking forward to it!

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  • Kid chaos | May 7, 2012 12:31 AMReply

    Miss. King not that good as a actor or in the look department.

  • jazz | May 6, 2012 11:05 PMReply

    Hahahahaha! I didn't mean to start a thread about the young man's But as a filmmaker who pays attention to EVERY actor I see in a film, I still stand by my opinion of Mr Missick's work. I happened to watch Freedomland numerous times for plot study reasons, and his performance stood out to me. that is all. I see him in a lot of things and therefor feel hollywood too is now recognizing him.

  • Jai | May 4, 2012 10:23 PMReply

    Thank you, I love this show!!!!

  • CareyCarey | May 4, 2012 9:42 PMReply

    I quit -- I'm done judging the future success of black actors. Well, when it comes to black actors it's surely a crap shoot. Well, I stopped by this post to see what all the fuss was about. I knew Regina King can act, I've always enjoyed her. But that dude next to her looked kind of familiar but I couldn't quite remember where I saw him. I watch a lot of movie this week -- but that guy's face? Then it hit me, he was the worst actor in Pete Chatmon's "Premium" (I watched it 6 days ago while I was on my CodeBlack pilgrimage). Zoe Saldana was in it and so was Hill Harper... it had a good cast -- but Dorian Missick was embarrassing. The boy looked like he was acting the whole time. But hey -- what do I know -- the man is in the 6th season of Southland. Who would have thought it?

  • the black police | May 6, 2012 9:04 PM

    "Nor will flattering the ol'school side-eye one get you anywhere but a seat on the little yellow bus" *GASP* And I thought I was onto something... *TEAR*

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 8:27 PM

    Mister Police, if loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right (Luther Ingram and Millie Jackson). But listen, there's no crying in baseball nor will flattering the ol'school side-eye one get you anywhere but a seat on the little yellow bus :-). But check game -- you're erudite & witty. Soooooooo -- Police on, look up, but watch your step, Police on -- cuz there's a whole lotta mess going down (wordplay). Cuz, "I know niggers will party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party..." ~ The Last Poets

  • The black police | May 6, 2012 5:54 PM

    LMAO @ you being a side-eye. Well, I'm glad my perceptions of you have been confirmed. Carey on, freedom rider, carey on (wordplay). Can you believe I never watched "Passion"? I think I just found it overhyped. One of these days I'm going to slip into my snuggie and sink into it. Oh no! Just leave Dorian alone, CareyCarey. Different strokes for different folks. And for the record, I never write essays :( I wish I was just half as talented as you.

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 5:34 PM

    ME!? -- worried about a side-eye. I am a side-eye *LOL*. Nope, just made the point of how some would view the comment. Good points of Christian movies. Most can be trite, however I agree--> "I have to like the story, or characters, or actors, or a combination of the three". Now Mr Black -- we're on a roll of agreement because I also agree with your take on the mindset of those who instantly dismiss a movie simply because it has a "religious" theme. Last night I watched "Passion Of The Christ". I believe it's the top grossing religious themed movie of all time. Lastly, I believe we may have been visited from Mr. Missick himself. Listen, nobody -- I repeat -- NOBODY except the actor who played Samueal Jackson's in Freedomland would suggest that Dorian' s role (2 minute total time) in Freedomland was anything other than forgetful. He had a few lines, but in my opinion I'd give him a C-minus for that performance. And please, I know Jazz does not want me to talk about his role in "Slevins". Anyway, I better stop before I write an essay like you, dear sir :D

  • The black police | May 6, 2012 4:55 PM

    Grant me a second or two to talk about the handsome thing lol. Are you saying you can't tell the difference in appeal between the faces of Daniel Sunjata and Robin Williams? Oh CareyCarey, I trust that you know better than to let someone's side eye dictate how you make your own personal decisions that are not hurting others.

    I find Missick to be an average actor. His performance never stood out to me as great or poor so I'll say he gets the job done. I haven't seen the other movies you guys are talking about though. As for mooz-lum I think it is ridiculous for someone to suggest you have to be theist to enjoy the movie. You have to be very narrow minded to feel that way. But humans never cease to amaze me. Anyway, I liked the movie and I think you should watch it. It's not groundbreaking by any means but I think it's a good movie to watch. I liked Evan Ross and Nia Long in it. My verdict: WATCH IT. As for Christian movies: I don't mind them. Just like any other movie, I have to like the story, or characters, or actors, or a combination of the three. So I don't really put them in a special category. I do know that many Christian movies are trite in their stories and unrefreshing but it's not like that's a requirement for them. Just an unfortunate coincidence for now. Ok I better stop before I write an essay like you, dear sir :D

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Look Jazz, we've been pulled over by the police for driving while black :-). Hello officer -- I mean my guy The Black Police. I don't know about you or your friends, but a brotha IS going to draw a side-eye and a raised brow if and when he proclaims another man is handsome. And for the most part, I really do not know what women find attractive about men. Anyway, staying with Southland & Missick, what's your opinion of his acting and the show? Also, since I have not seen Mooz-lum (not many folks have) -- your opinion is requested. But wait, Jazz has forced me to pull out my copie of Freedomland ( I have it in my hand right now) because he seems to know what he's talking about. I've also looked around the internet and called my friends to see how I can get my hands on a copy Mooz-lum. In doing so I found the following quote/review --> "So to sum up - if you are "pro-faith" and tolerant, you will probably enjoy this movie. But if you are agnostic/atheist and even though tolerant towards religious people still think that faith is a bad idea - you will probably not enjoy "Mooz-lum". So Mister po-po, I don't want to hear another word about that ring around Dorian mouth (you need to stop *lol*) but I am curious to hear your thoughts on the movie. And, do you enjoy Christain "themed" movies or do they turn you off?

  • The black police | May 6, 2012 12:35 PM

    Wait, (straight) men cannot judge the facial attractiveness of other men? Preposterous!

    Dorian is not handsome. He is average in a way that doesn't draw your attention or offend your eyes (although he has some sort of scar around his mouth, which I noticed while watching mooz-lum).

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    and I have not seen Mooz-Lum.

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    Jazz, you might be convincing me to take another look at Dorian. Yes, I had major concerns with the "plot" in Premium. So it's possible that his character irratated me so much that I projected my disdain/irratation right upside Dorian's head :-). Nevertheless, I still was not impressed by many of his scenes. Take for instance the scenes before and after, and during his audition for the part of a "black" man. To me, he was simply corny and way over the top. But man, you gotta stop dropping blast from the past. I love Julianne Moore's acting and Samuel Jackson always leaves me with something to take home, but AGAIN, I do not remember Missick in that movie either. OOOOOOOOH... WAIT ONE MINUTE! You're going to force me go back and watch that movie (today) because Samuel's son was IN JAIL (was there also flashbacks?). Yep -- that's it -- I do remember having thoughts about that visiting room scene but I don't quite remember why? Btw, I asked my woman if she thought Dorain was handsome -- she said -- "no he is not" *lol*. But if I ask her about Terrence Howard, she loses her breath. :-(

  • Jazz | May 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    CareyCArey, It sounds like you didn't like the plot to Premium, not the actor.

  • Jazz | May 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    I thought in the scene with all the main characters at dinner he more than held his own. I feel he stole that scene and the movie as a whole. His acting is subtle and not over the top (I appreciate that, especially in the era of the Tyler Perry school of acting that involves eyebrow raising and overacting to the 100th degree). In Lucky Number Slevin (a must watch) he played the role of Elvis, he and Mykelti Williamson were Morgan Freeman's henchmen. You may not remember it was him, because he was so different from his character in Premium (a testament to his good acting). Southland is a show where subtle acting is the style. He nails it! Re watch Freedomland w/him as Sam Jackson's son, or even Mooz-Lum as the professor. This guy is slowly building a name for himself as one of the next stars. I saw on this site a few days ago that he's starring in another movie (an independent I think), but I believe Hollywood is calling. Personally, I'm glad there seems to be room for a few new black faces (and according to my wife and her friends, his isn't a bad one to have to look at-her words not

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    ooouuuu -- I see I have a real movie fan in Jazz. "Lucky Number Slevin" -- It's been some time since someone dropped that title. . Now check this -- I agree -- for the most part that movie is underrated and Mykelti Williamson has always brought it, imo. I thoroughly enjoyed his performances in Forrest Gump and Holiday Heart. But Dorian? I don't even remember him in "Slevin"? I'll have to re-visit that flick. Now -- "Premium"? I don't want to hit that flick too hard because Pete tried to do some different things in that joint but -- it left much to be desired. First -- Again -- Dorian opposite Zoe -- especially in the lovers role -- was a mismatch. Also, when Hill Harper was in the scenes with Zoe and Dorian, it was obvious Mr. Missick was out of his league - imo. Maybe this is a chick thang -- because to me he wasn't funny nor charming. I wanted to tell him "Hey man, get out of that woman's face and stop playin' yourself. :-)

  • Jazz | May 6, 2012 2:48 AM

    I have to disagree with you both. I thought he was an excellent addition to the series. He is her best partner by far. A great match for Regina King. I also thought he was very funny and charming in "Premium" (that's where I first noticed him). He and Mykelti Williamson almost stole "Lucky Number Slevin" from Bruce Willis (another awesome underrated film). Very strong actor who is versatile and appealing.

  • gennet | May 6, 2012 2:08 AM

    He's not all that great on Southland either...I was hoping Regina King would get a new partner. BTW, if there's anyone who deserves an Emmy nod this year, it's Regina.

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