Murray will play an LAPD officer named Dave Mendoza who's described as likable but a bit of a "loose cannon," per TVLine. He does his job well enough, but off duty, he's something of a bad influence on Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie).
IMO, this is one of the best shows on television, and one of the most underappreciated. We are entering season 5, and Regina King should already have 2 Emmy's for her performance on this show. Lucy Liu also deserved an Emmy nomination last year for her guest acting gig. And this show deserves to have at least one Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Even when it was on NBC, it was still a good show, but its move to TNT has done wonders for it, and it deserves to get all the award attention it can get.
It still breaks my heart Regina King is so overlooked for this role. She's absolutely outstanding and should have already at least one Emmy for playing Detective Lydia Adams. I'm gonna be rooting for her till the show ends. She's too good to be ignored like that.
I am very excited about this coming back. Last season was so great. Lucy Liu's performance was terrific. I loved her character and the storyline about her and Cooper. Really looking forward to seeing Michael Cudlitz and Regina King again.
It is wonderful that we are getting a 5th season of this show. It might finally have as many episodes as 2 seasons of a regular show!
Synopsis: Season 5 opens with John at odds with his new trainee, a veteran from Afghanistan; Lydia tries to juggle motherhood and detective work; Ben starts to associate with a shady brand of cops; Sammy gets caught up in a nightmarish custody battle.
“Southland” season premiere review: Hot town, hot tempers, hot show
by Ken Tucker
“Southland” returned for its fifth season on Wednesday night energetically unrepentant: This is a cop saga at once deeply satisfying (its roots in the best tradition of the oldest, most serial TV police procedurals, such as “Dragnet” and “Naked City”) yet stubbornly determined to unsettle viewers with stark frankness and emotionalism.
The premiere moved along a few familiar storylines. Regina King’s Lydia Adams is coping with single-motherhood, a new infant, and the child-care help of her mother so that Lydia can still chase down fleeing suspects. Michael Cudlitz’s John Cooper is struggling with the demands of his lover to make their relationship more permanent (his boyfriend goes so far as to suggest they acquire “kids”—is the compulsively blunt Cooper remotely ready for fatherhood?). Ben McKenzie’s Ben Sherman was shown grappling one again with the fate of being both a good cop and good-looking: Attention comes his way even when he doesn’t want it. And perennially beleaguered Sammy (the terrific Shawn Hatosy) is still taking grief from his angry, eccentric ex, Tammi (applause for Emily Bergl, fearless about making her character belligerently, stupidly self-righteous).
Wednesday night’s premiere—in which Chad Michael Murray popped up for a story arc that finds him sporting a crewcut ‘n’ cop ‘stache that makes him look like a cross between Jim Carrey and “Deep Throat” star Harry Reems—had a number of striking set-pieces that will pay off next week in an episode that is, if anything, even better. Both of these hours combine to create exciting, heart-wrenching television; it is the achievement of creator Ann Biderman and her crew that, again and again, the mood in any given scene switches from rancor to humor to tragedy with remarkable, utterly convincing, speed. Just handling that subplot of the young man who was raped—there were so many elements in play (his pride; Lydia’s high-minded deviousness in getting him to use the rape kit), the economy in the storytelling, yet the expansiveness of the behaviors elicited, was impressive.
If “Southland” was on FX or AMC, I get the feeling it would be receiving more attention from viewers and awards groups (critics and a strong cult have remained loyal). Indeed, I think my dream two-hour drama block would be an episode of “Justified” polished off by a swift edition of “Southland.”
Yes, I know you’re just getting hooked on “The Americans.” But we should be very glad and grateful “Southland” is back; I urge you to program your DVR for a season pass.
Can't say how right Ken Tucker is , loved his review, also loved the episode, Regina King remains amazing, some of this actors need Emmy attention ASAP!!!!!!!! Can't wait for next week's episode where everyone who saw it said its jaw dropping.
I thought this was a good premiere. A lot of setup for sure, but hopefully that'll lead to something great in the coming episodes. I liked catching up with the gang again. Lydia adjusting to motherhood, Sammy's custody troubles with Tammi, John with his new war veteran partner (I was wondering why John took as much as he did from him without snapping) and his boyfriend leaving (wow), and Ben getting involved with the shady cops. The case with the male teen rape case was unexpected with how Lydia got the kid to do the rape kit. Not that thrilled about Chad Michael Murray unless they give him something good. Very much onboard for more MIchael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, and of course, Regina King.