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The Roundup: TNT's "SouthLAnd" returns tonight at 10pm to save the LAPD's image, or, at least, give it a hand

TNT's exceptional police action/drama "SouthLAnd" returns tonight at 10pm
TNT's exceptional police action/drama "SouthLAnd" returns tonight at 10pm

After what has happened over the past week+ with the Chris Dorner manhunt, the LAPD could use some positive exposure and just in the nick of time we have tonight's premiere of "SouthLAnd" on TNT at 10pm. This show has been the best police drama in over a decade, with real, boots-on-the-ground, patrolmen characters and policework shot on-location throughout Los Angeles. The quality of the show did not suffer one iota when it moved from NBC to TNT, keeping its core cast and even bringing in exemplery guest stars such as Lucy Liu and others over the past couple seasons. The show's regulars are played by Ben McKenzie, C. Thomas Howell, Regina King, and Shawn Hatosy with Michael Cudlitz, as Officer John Cooper, perhaps being the very soul of the show itself. "SouthLAnd" is good TV, with drama and action expertly intertwined for episodic resolutions as well as season-long story arcs that have made this season one of the most anticipated of the year.

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"Saturday Night Live" will attempt to redeem last weekend's horrific Justin Bieber episode with this week's host Christoph Waltz and the Alabama Shakes as musical guest. We will be watching.

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This coming Monday, the surrealistic escapade that works for both kids and adults, known as "Adventure Time," returns to Cartoon Network at 7:30pm with another installment of it's Fiona & Cake spin-off story where Finn & Jake have mysteriously changed sexes/species and explore a weirder, if possible, universe. Great tunes, excellent artwork, and hilarious voice-acting have been the mainstay of this show from the beginning. Don't know what I'm talking about? Watch "Adventure Time" this Sunday at 7:30pm.

DVR This! Tonight/Wednesday - "Modern Family" (ABC, 9pm), "SouthLAnd" (TNT, 10pm) season premiere, "Chelsea Lately" (E!, 11pm) Arden Myrin, Bobby Lee, Matt Braunger. Thursday - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 8:30pm), "The Office" (NBC, 9pm), "Archer" (FX, 10pm), "Legit" (FX, 10:30pm) "Totally Biased" (FX, 11pm), "Brand X With Russell Brand" (FX, 11:30pm). Friday - "History of the Eagles" (Showtime, 8pm), "Real Time With Bill Mahr" (HBO, 10pm), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC, 11: 35pm) guests Joan Rivers & Josh Charles. Saturday - North by Northwest (TCM, 9pm), "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 11:25pm) Christoph Waltz hosts with Alabama Shakes as musical guest. Sunday - "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 8:30pm), "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 9pm), "Girls" (HBO, 10pm), "Californication" (Showtime, 10:30pm), "Shameless" (Showtime, 11pm repeat). Monday - "Adventure Time" (Cartoon Network, 7:30pm) stunning new episode, "Regular Show" (Cartoon Network, 8pm), "Bizarre Foods America" (Travel, 9pm) Denver, "Chelsea Lately" (E!, 11pm) Josh Wolf, Jen Kirkman, and Ryan Stout panel, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC, 11:35pm) Andy Samberg and David Steinberg guest.

Download This! Podcast selections for the week include an in-depthy de-mystification of TV and comedy phenomenon Tom Green on Marc Maron's WTFpod. Comedy legend Jim Florentine on Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank. Keegan Michael Key of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" was on FitzDogRadio. Comedian Baron Vaughn (Black Dynamite, "Fairly Legal") was on The Long Shot Podcast. "House of Cards" showrunner, Beau Willimon, talks about how the Netflix experimental show came about on The Business.

New Releases! Comedian Ari Shaffir has self-released his own hour-long comedy special on Chill.com, check out "Passive Aggressive". Hey, since we're PBS affiliated I should tell you about a couple of related TV shows that have made it to DVD: itv Studio's 2002 reinterpretation of "Doctor Zhivago" starring Keira Knightly, Sam Neill, and Hans Matheson is stunningly beautiful and refreshing and it includes some great cast interviews to put the production in perspective. Those who grew up on PBS' "Mystery" series will also love "Poirot and Marple: Fan Favorites Collection," which is a compendium of 11 mysteries from both series as chosen by fan vote - my faves were "The ABC Murders" in Poirot, and Miss Marple's "A Murder Is Announced."

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