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Southland, 227, and The Boondocks: Regina King, TV Series Finale Podcast #49

Regina King on SouthlandActress Regina King began her career as a teenager on the 1980s NBC sitcom 227 with Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry. King moved on to many high profile movies like Jerry Maguire, Mighty Joe Young, and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and TV shows like 24 and Leap of Faith.

She’s also the voice of Huey and Riley on the very popular Boondocks cartoon series. Her latest TV show is Southland, a gritty cop drama that was cancelled on NBC before season two even began and then picked up by TNT.

But, TNT hasn’t decided if they’ll order a third season or not. The ratings haven’t been great so it could go either way.

In this interview, King talks about what attracted her to Southland, working with John Wells, the future of The Boondocks, getting her start on 227, the late Alaina Reed Hall, and where King’s character, Brenda Jenkins, might be today.

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know a trauma when i see one April 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

tnt keep this show on the air. this is the type of show that you feel for the characters. the actors make it “real”!

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Morgan April 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I like Southland. I hae seen every episode. I was happy that TNT picked it up. I want it around more many season to come. Please dont cancel/

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Barbara Ersckoff April 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I love “Southland.” Too bad all the good shows seem to quietly disappear. I must be weird because I tried twice to watch “The office” and “30 Rock” and can’t bring myself to watch another episode. Just don’t find them funny – guess I’m not a “fad” type of person.

I’m sorry the “Lie to Me” was taken off also. It hurt enough when “Life” was taken out after 2 seasons. What is it that producers want? People with brains buy products also, you know, not just the type that watch shows like “The Bachelor” or “Wife Swap” – you know, those really smart shows? Sorry for the sarcasm, but I’m beginning to be very afraid for television.

Then again, I for one will never understand what made the movie industry vote “No Country for Old Men” as Academy Award material. You’d have to pay me to watch that film again. And believe me, I’m not alone in that feeling. Guess it’s all in who you talk to and how much your peers like you that week.

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Alan Brewer April 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Amen! Southland, Life, and Lie to Me were 3 of the greatest shows on television, it’s such a shame that producers these days don’t give these shows more of a chance… Apparently you’re right, “intelligent” shows aren’t “in” right now.

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