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'Southland: The Complete First Season' DVD Giveaway

southlandImage Credit: Greg Williams/TNTIf aliens relied on TV to teach them about the inner workings of the human race, they’d probably come away thinking that two-thirds of all Earthlings are cops. (Naturally, they’d assume that the other 33 percent were all lawyers.) But even though shows about law enforcement clutter the airwaves, not all police dramas are created equal.

Case in point: Southland, a gritty cop show that found new life on TNT after being unceremoniously canceled by NBC in 2009. The series, which stars The O.C.‘s Ben McKenzie and Ray‘s Regina King, entered into its second full season earlier this month. It takes an unflinching look at what it really means to be an officer in the LAPD — and, as recent episodes have proven, it doesn’t shy away from tragedy.

Intrigued? If so, you’re in luck, because EW is giving away 20 copies of Southland‘s first season on DVD. The discs are courtesy of TNT and are available while supplies last.

Here’s how to enter our giveaway: READ FULL STORY

'Detroit 1-8-7' sure seemed familiar...

DETROIT-1-8-7Image Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCDetroit 1-8-7 premiered last night, and while I want to love a Michael Imperioli show, I couldn’t help but feel like we were in serious patchwork-quilt territory. The show is totally made up of other shows:

  • Homicide‘s dry-erase board I’m sure lots of police stations really do have white boards with unsolved crimes written in red and solved ones in black. But the board — and the ritualized erasing and rewriting — is so central to Homicide that seeing it anywhere else feels like an homage at best, and a ripoff at worst.
  • Southland‘s bleeped-out cursing I guess it gives Detroit a “gritty” feeling? But it’s also sort of silly.
  • Lt. Fancy from NYPD Blue I know, it’s just James McDaniel, and now he’s Sgt. Longford, but still. The show’s jumpy camera work and reliance on Meaningful Glances is also very reminiscent of the ’90s stalwart.
  • Michael Imperioli’s hair from Life on Mars I know, it’s shorter here, but it’s still…longish? In a McDreamy kind of way? And it’s too reminiscent of the gone-too-soon Mars.

What did you think, PopWatchers? Did Detroit 1-8-7 distinguish itself enough for you, or were you having deja blue? (Because it’s a cop show! Blue! Oh, I slay myself.)

Procedural Junkie: Rating this week's 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'The Glades,' and 'The Closer'

Jim-LongworthImage Credit: Gene Page/A&E NetworkDr. Maura Isles might be the most ridiculous character on television. Sometimes, she’s presented as a coldly clinical scientist, all Spock-like emotion and “Queen of the Dead” disinterest in murder. Other times, she’s a well-dressed fashionista who thinks high heels are “very comfortable.” Then you throw in the gonzo orphan origin story – this week, we discovered that her real father is a mob enforcer. (Between Isles and NCIS: LA‘s G. Callen, the “Gonzo Orphan Origin Story” is the new “Ex-Wife He’s Secretly Still In Love With.”) It’s all a little bit much…and as this week’s Most Valuable Cop proves, you can get a lot more with just a little.

Winner of the Week: The Glades
A few commenters on the last Cops Rock asked why The Glades wasn’t represented in the lineup. The easy answer is that I don’t have time to catch every cop show. But the true answer is that, thanks to a confusing marketing campaign, I was under the mistaken impression that The Glades was an extreme cooking reality show starring ex-convict cannibals. (Never put anything past A&E.)

Turns out I was missing out on a treat: READ FULL STORY

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