SouthLAnd created by writer Ann Biderman and produced by Warner Bros. Television. It originally aired on NBC for one season from April 9 to May 21, 2009, and then on TNT for four additional seasons from March 2, 2010, to April 17, 2013. On May 1, 2009, NBC announced that Southland had been renewed for a second season with an initial 13-episode order to begin airing on Friday, September 25, 2009, at 9:00 pm, one hour earlier than its original time slot.On August 27, 2009, shortly before its scheduled premiere, NBC moved the opening of its second season to October 23, 2009, citing the need to promote the show more fully.On October 8, 2009, NBC announced that the series had been canceled.
On November 2, 2009, TNT announced it had purchased the rights to Southland‘s original seven episodes, as well as six completed episodes from its second season. Southland began airing on TNT on January 12, 2010.On April 26, 2010, TNT announced it had picked up Southland for a ten-episode third season to begin airing on January 4, 2011.TNT’s renewal of the show included a substantial budget cut and corresponding cast reduction. Southland was renewed for a ten-episode fourth season on March 22, 2011,which premiered on January 17, 2012. The series was renewed for a ten-episode fifth season which began airing February 13, 2013.
On May 10, 2013, TNT announced that Southland had been cancelled after five seasons.
Southland should be celebrated for its complicated and compelling look at the men and women who keep us safe. This is pulse-pounding television, addictive and important, the sort of soul-searching narrative that is all too infrequent in the age of mass-produced popcorn fare.
Southland takes a “raw and authentic look” at Los Angeles and the lives of the LAPD officers who police it. The show’s first season centers on the experiences and interactions of LAPD patrol officers and detectives, and is more a character-driven drama than a police procedural.
Among the characters are rookie Officer Ben Sherman and his training officer, John Cooper who, unknown to most of his colleagues, is homosexual; Detective Lydia Adams, who must balance work with the responsibility of living with her mother; Officer Chickie Brown, who aspires to be the first woman on the LAPD’s elite SWAT team; and Detective Sammy Bryant, whose home life interferes with his working life.
After its first season on NBC, Southland moved to TNT network. The second season placed less emphasis on the ensemble cast, instead focusing more on the Adams, Sherman, Cooper and Bryant characters and their partners. Also, the weekly stories centered more on how crimes came together, with fewer serialized story lines.
Moving to a cable network meant the budget would have to be trimmed, this would affect how the radio calls were done. Originally using a private radio channel for radio calls where they could mimic the LAPD with a division number and proper radio procedure, that was changed to a public radio channel, where anyone could monitor within distance. To avoid confusion with the public and the media, the show removed division numbers from their radio calls and the proper police verbiage was slightly altered..
The producers used both actual and former gang members to play the role of gangsters in Southland. All of the police officers, other than the primary cast, where all real Los Angeles Police Officers.
Officer (rookie) Ben Sherman and Training Officer John Cooper in front of 6 Adam-43.
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ON LOCATION: Closing down Hollywood Blvd for the bank robbery scene.
On Location In Hollywood: (corner of Hollywood Blvd and Ivar Street) Cooper And Sherman Respond To A 211 At The Bank To Find An Officer Down. Officer Cooper Is Able To Shoot One Of The Robbers. To Save The Sgt. They Remove Their Vests And Cover The Passenger Windows To Deflect Gun Fire From The Robbers. (Note: From The Old Adam-12 Series, Malloy And Reed Save Officer Ed Wells By Covering The Passenger Window With Their Jackets) Cooper Is Able To Grab The Sgt. And Pull Him In The Car As Officer Chickie Brown Drives The Unit And Her ‘Boot’ And Sherman Lay Down Cover Fire. The Last Robber Attempts To Flee With Sherman Pursuing, However, The Robber Commits Suicide. Note: The Units Use The ’999′ Series on The License Plates As Did Adam-12. The Last Photo The Audio Cable Can Be Seen, But Was NOT Visible On Camera. Reminiscent Of An Adam-12 Episode Where A White Audio Cable Was Used, However, It Was Seen On Camera.
During filming in Hollywood, the boys stopped into a gift shop to play cowboys!
Officer Cooper And His ‘Boot’ (Rookie) Officer Steele Pull Over A Man Who Comes Out Shooting. Officer Cooper Is Shot But Protected By His Vest As He Goes Down As His Partner Is Cowering Behind The Unit. LOCATION: Southwest corner of Selma Ave and Wilcox Ave in Hollywood.
Studio Cars: SouthLAnd Police Unit With Whelen Liberty Lighbar. Unlike The ADAM-12 Cars, These Vehicles Have Working Components Such As The Siren, Lights, Public Address System And Radio. Most Of The Studio Police Cars Used The ’999′ Series On Their License Plates As Did ADAM-12 And Emergency! The SouthLAnd Studio Police Cars Were Transported By Trucks From The Studio To The Filming Location And Parked On The Street Until Filming Began. Pictured Above The Transport Truck In Hollywood.
These Cars Were Also Used In The 2012 Movie ‘End Of Watch’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. The movie replaced the Whelen Liberty Lightbars on the vehicles with the LAPD Arjent S2 Lightbar for authenticity for the big budget film.
THE FAKE BADGES…. IMPROVED OVER TIME
The badges of Officer John Cooper. His first badge didn’t even have a number
Officer Ben Sherman’s badge. The city seal on his badge was in color
Officer Chickie Brown
On Location: Arija Bareikis (Officer Chickie Brown) And Her Stunt Double Courtney. C. Thomas Howell Can Be Seen Seated In The Background During A Break In Filming.