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Jenny Gago has joined the cast of TNT's Southland, has learned.

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The 25-year film and TV vet will recur as Detective Josie Ochoa, a take-charge investigator partnered with Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King). She's been shot in the line of duty and is a tough mother of several sons. Josie's Latina culture gives her a unique perspective on cases that changes the way Lydia thinks about her work.

Gago's film credits include Coach Carter, Under Fire and Nurse Betty. She is best known on the small screen for her recurring roles on Dallas, Knots Landing, as well as more recent guest appearances on The West Wing, Lost, 24, and The Closer.

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, which also stars Michael Cudlitz, Benjamin McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy, is an intense, first-person look at cops and detectives on the streets of Los Angeles. The show's 10-episode third season is slated to premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 10/9c on TNT.