SOUTHLAND Mar 25, 2009 9:31:26 GMT -5
Post by bluepride on Mar 25, 2009 9:31:26 GMT -5
Exclusive: NBC’s New Police Drama Includes an Arresting Gay Character
NBC’s press materials for the new cop drama Southland boast that it’s going to provide an “authentic” look inside the world of the Los Angeles Police Department. Viewers will have to wait until it premieres on Thursday April 9th to judge that for themselves. But the show is already breaking new ground by including an out gay cop as part of the ensemble cast.
A source close to the show tells AfterElton.com exclusively that the character’s name is John Cooper and he’s played by Michael Cudlitz, a well-respected character actor known for his work on such shows as Standoff and 24. Officer Cooper is described as being in his mid 40's, a "cops-cop" and is what is often termed as "hard-core LAPD". He’s a Senior Lead Officer assigned to the LAPD's North Hollywood area and has work-related health issues resulting from action while on duty.
Cooper is also a training officer and in the pilot episode is partnered with Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie), a rookie cop whom Cooper has to show the ropes and guide through the system, especially when something goes tragically wrong on Sherman’s first day.
Judging from preview clips, sides (script pages) from the pilot episode as well as our source, Cooper is a fairly standard cop archetype. He’s tough, gets to the point, and uses words like “pussy” and “numbnuts”. He doesn’t take grief from anyone, especially not slick Hollywood types or fellow cops not pulling their weight.
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Just hearing about this for the first time. I think it's a promising situation. It seems like they're going to make this gay Police Officer character anything but a stereotypical "gay character". Looks like he won't be the "gay cop" who talks with his female partner about recipes, fashion, show business and all the other nonsense that gay characters get saddled with. If this article is any indication, he'll be a cop who is gay and not one of those tired gays who is a cop. I think we should all monitor and support this show as long as this character is featured as a positive role and not reduced to a caricature or some comic-relief role. Let's see how the character progresses and evolves. I think this show has the potential for reinforcing the fact that gay Police Officers are no different from straight ones. And isn't that how it should be? I think it will be a good idea to use this thread as a sounding board during the run of the show. And another thing: Why don't we (if the show is good!) send e-mails or snail mails supporting the show right from the outset so it doesn't meet the same fate as shows like "Life On Mars". And also, let others know about the show and encourage them to support it as well. Let's wish this show well!