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TV Junkie: Interview with Regina King & Ben McKenzie from 'SouthLAnd'; Golden Globe TV Noms

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Golden Globe nominations went live early this morning. Of course we focused on the TV categories (available here in full) and there are few surprises. While it was great to finally see "Sons of Anarchy" appear with a nomination for Katey Sagal, it was kind of disappointing to see Hugh Laurie and Steve Carell again receive nominations - they are great actors but what did they do with their characters in this last year that was so incredibly special that it knocked another contender our of a nomination? We wondered earlier this year about the validity of the Golden Globes in these categories: foreign journalists deciding what the best in US television. Last Thursday's post included very colorful quotes about the Golden Blobes from "Rescue Me" showrunner Peter Tolan, evidently those within the industry have a circumspect attitude about the dubious honor. But I think we can overlook these issues and just regard the whole affair as a chance to party, because that is what happens at the Golden Globes, it's a chance for Hollywood to dress up, throw back some drinks, and not really give a crap as this award show is probably the most relaxed of the entire season. We'll be there: The Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air Sunday, January 16 live at 5:00pm Pacific on NBC.


Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams in "SouthLAnd" which will make its season premiere on TNT on January 4th.
We were big fans of "SouthLAnd" when it first premiered on NBC and were very pleased when the show was picked up by TNT after a badly handled dumping by the Peacock. "SouthLAnd" returns on January 4th with all new episodes premiering on TNT. This is a great show focusing on patrol cops and detectives shooting on location on the very real streets of Los Angeles. The energetic and masterful season premiere picks up right where we left off with key storylines led by Regina King and Ben McKenzie as Detective Lydia Adams and Patrol Officer Ben Sherman (respectively). We had a chance to ask the pair a few questions on a conference call late last week. Fore more detail, check out our in-depth interview with Ben McKenzie from earlier this year.Thomas Attila Lewis: Regina, as Detective Lydia Adams, the physicality that you're bringing to that role is pretty amazing. It looks like we're going to get more of that this season. What I'm wondering is if we're going to see traits of her that are maybe a little less perfect because she seems so perfect. She's super fit, she is chasing people down, she's always trying to do the good thing but it seems like compared to the other characters she's so perfect. Are we going to see some chinks in that armor?

Regina King: [Laughs] I think you're definitely going to see a less-perfect side of Lydia but I think what's interesting about how the writers have - how they're playing it is that you see a less perfect side as she discovers the less-perfect side of herself.