A raw, authentic look at the lives and work of detectives and beat cops in Los Angeles, Southland takes viewers directly to the streets for an intensely personal, first-person look that redefines the police drama.
Shot on location in the streets and neighbourhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.
From Emmy® Award winners Ann Biderman, Chris Chulack and John Wells comes a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles, Southland takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.
Unlike most dramas set in the world of law enforcement, Southland places its primary focus on the officers, detectives and a gang unit whose cases sometimes intertwine - showing the tough job they face and the triumphs and tragedies that populate their personal lives.
From Emmy Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack comes a raw and authentic look at the police unit in Los Angeles. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East LA, Southland is a fast-moving drama that will take you 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 (Benjamin 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 cast members 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. "Southland" is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Wells, Chulack and Biderman serve as executive producers. Biderman is the creator, and Chulack will also serve as director of the series.