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Oct. 12 2009 - 10:57 am | 37 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Save ‘Southland’? Star Michael McGrady discusses the storylines in production before NBC canceled his show

(NOTE FROM Mr. MEDIA: This interview was recorded before NBC canceled “Southland” last week without airing a single episode of its second season. But in the hopes it will turn up somewhere more appropriate–fX, Showtime?–I’m offering it up anyway.)

Like a bad rash, Mr. Media is making his way through the entire squad room of the new NBC TV drama, “Southland.”

AUDIO EXCERPT: “If there were any bugs or kinks that needed to be worked out, they did so over the hiatus. You’ve got real masterminds behind this, including John Wells and Chris Chulack. As a cast, we feel very confident that any issues we had were worked out over the summer.”

Regular listeners will recall that last spring, at the end of the show’s first season, Regina King, Michael Cudlitz and Shawn Hatosy all scratch their media itch right here. And now I’m delighted to welcome Michael McGrady, who plays Detective Daniel “Sal” Salinger.

Before joining “Southland,” one of the breakthrough dramatic hits of last season, McGrady appeared opposite Taye Diggs in “Day Break” and had recurring parts in “Dirty Sexy Money,” “24” and “CSI.”

His film credits include “Deep End of the Ocean,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Hocus Pocus,” and several others.

He also has a life outside of acting. McGrady, along with his wife, Ilka, are co-founders of the Balanced Life Company, an international organization dedicated to helping people develop and maintain a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle. McGrady is also an accomplished fine artist who owns and operates McGrady Fine Art with his wife.

You can LISTEN to this interview by clicking HERE!

More Mr. Media interviews with the cast of “Southland”:
Regina King
Shawn Hatosy
Michael Cudlitz

Write to Warner Bros TV. Tell them you support “Southland” and will follow it anywhere it goes.

Peter Roth
President
Warner Brothers Television
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank CA 91522
Tel. 818 -954-6000
Fax 212-954-7667
Peter.Roth@warnerbros.com

Bruce Rosenblum
President, Warner Bros. Television Group
Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Phone 818.954.6000
Fax 212-954-7667
Bruce.Rosenblum@warnerbros.com

Ken Werner
President
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Phone 818.954.6000
Fax 212-954-7667
Ken.Werner@warnerbros.com

You can also follow SaveSouthland on Twitter.


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    It’s a shame about Southland – I read the interview with Michael Cudlitz over at EW, and it sounded like the cast was just as baffled as the rest of us. Even more strange is that the studio still has to pay out cast and crew for as many episodes as NBC ordered.

    Yeah it saves the network some money, but with all these companies being vertically integrated, they still lose out when the studio pisses away money – so economically it makes little sense.

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