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'Southland' Touches on Rape Kit Backlog, Homicide Blog

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Detective Lydia Adams, right, is pissed she has to arrive to Hollywood & Highland while working a South LA murder
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Did you watch Southland on NBC last night? Only four shows in and it looks like they'll be green lit for season two already. Last night's episode was extremely interesting, literally ripping topics from the headlines just months old:

  • The Rape Kit backlog: The show focused on a backlog of 3,000 rape kits, which is kind of them, considering when the controversy first hit the fan last Fall, the number was 7,000.
  • Homicide Blog: The paper's homicide blog has been cut back due to the economy in the show. In reality, The Homicide Report went on a short hiatus but is back up and running strong with five contributors.
  • Little coverage of a murder in South LA, but tons of attention given to an injury shooting at Hollywood & Highland--the victim was shot in the thigh.
  • Do a crime, put it on YouTube and get caught!

Although the show is doing well, it definitely has its detractors. "For every good cop show, there are about 10 easily forgettable entries. Which brings us to…uh, shoot, what's it called again? Oh, right, 'Southland,'" huffed Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly.