TV Junkie Interview: Michael Cudlitz of TNT's 'SouthLAnd'
We've been a huge fan of Michael Cudlitz since his performance as Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman in HBO's "Band of Brothers" but we know a lot of people will remember him for his roles as Tony Miller in "Beverly Hills, 90210" or Frank Rogers in "Standoff" among many others. If there is a core to TNT's "SouthLAnd," it is Cudlitz's character, Officer John Cooper, who embodies the show: steadfast in his devotion to his job and the force, yet conflicted, flawed, and very real, just like the streets of Los Angeles the show is shot on.
"SouthLAnd" is a show we've written about since its first episode during its ill-fated run on NBC. It simply is the best cop show we've seen in years and certainly the best LA-based cop show in a couple decades. This show is constantly moving, like a shark, with these patrol cops on the streets, real Los Angeles locations, from one scene to another. Cudlitz's Cooper knows these streets better than anybody and he knows what it means to be the most effective cop on the streets. That's why rookie patrolman Ben Sherman, played by Ben McKenzie, is assigned to Cooper's patrol car, to learn the ropes from the best guy at the station.
Tomorrow's season premiere (10pm on TNT) starts off at a sprint and doesn't stop. Perhaps only a few months have passed in the timeline of the characters since TNT aired the remainder of last season earlier this year. Without giving too much away, the patrol officers need to team up quickly in order to assist a downed officer and the detectives have to employ some questionable tactics in order to bring a murder suspect in. It's a great kickoff to a season that's looks really good from the 3 episodes we've seen so far.