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Southland Creator on Finale: "Every Character Is Faced with a Huge Crisis"

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Southland's Season 2 finale doesn't feel much like a finale — because it wasn't intended to be.

The episode (Tuesday at 10/9c on TNT) was originally the sixth of a 13-episode second season ordered by NBC before the network canceled the show before its fall 2009 premiere. As such, the "finale" is missing some of the cliff-hanger trappings that TV viewers have come to expect.

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"We had no choice," creator and executive producer Ann Biderman tells TVGuide.com about ending the season with this episode. "But there's something kind of great about it. We go out with a bang. We go out with everyone's lives being tested and challenged. I do feel it worked out all right — there's really a lot of drama here."

Indeed, the emotional stakes have never been higher. Officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis) all ride together in search of a rapist who's impersonating a cop. For Ben, the case is personal... read more

LAPD Recruits Tom Everett Scott, Arija Bareikis

Tom Everett Scott by Mark Sullivan/ WireImage.com

NBC's drama pilot LAPD has two new recruits: Tom Everett Scott and Arija Bareikis.Scott (That Thing You Do) will play Russell, a cop and father of three who is married to a blogger. He's partnered on the beat with with Lydia (Regina King), according to The Hollywood Reporter.Bareikis will play a uniformed patrol cop who enjoys surfing with her teenage son. The show is executive prodcued by ER executive producer John Wells. — Tim Molloy read more

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