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Coverage of the 2012 Comedy Awards

Colin Quinn, Chevy Chase, and Norm Macdonald team up for a "Weekend Update" segment of the 2012 Comedy Awards which premieres this Sunday, May 6, at 9pm on Comedy Central

The second annual Comedy Awards taped on Saturday, April 28th, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This Sunday at 9pm, the program premieres on Comedy Central and there are already complaints from the "comedy community": Why are there so many comedic actors and hardly any "true" comedians? How come certain notable names are missing from the nominations, particularly black performers? Why no homage to Patrice O'Neal? etc.

First of all, I would say that we should be elated that comedy is getting this kind of official recognition (finally) and any problems with categories and nomination processes will be worked out in upcoming awards shows. Spirits were high and everybody seemed to be having a great time at this event and even if there weren't as many club comedians on stage as I would have liked to have seen, there were a huge number of them invited as guests in the crowd so their influence was felt and will definitely have an impact as this celebration matures.

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'SouthLAnd' star Michael Cudlitz on the show, sharing a squad car with Lucy Liu and more

TNT's "SouthLAnd" (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) makes the convincing argument that there isn't a better cop show on TV and there hasn't been one this good in quite a while. The crew for this show is constantly moving from location to location across Los Angeles, bringing recognizable scenes to our TVs every week. This is a show that tells its stories from street level, from inside the squad car and from the homes of the officers and detectives portrayed in the series.

Series star Michael Cudlitz has been there from the beginning, playing the seemingly solid Officer John Cooper, the most experienced character of the ones we follow on the show. "Seemingly" solid because last season Cooper's regimen of self-prescribing medication for a bad back led him to stealing painkillers or scoring them in the lavatory of the local cops' watering hole.

This season, the fourth for "SouthLAnd," Cooper has returned to the force, looking trim and very fit after a stint of physical rehab to repair his damaged back. But Cooper appears very cautious, dare we say vulnerable, as he resumes his duties. He's now teamed up with Officer Jessica Tang, played by Lucy Liu, who joined the ensemble as a handful of characters were written off the show during its most recent hiatus.

As the show airs, you will see Cudlitz on Twitter, week in, week out, promoting his show, just as he has from its first season, and during production Cudlitz continues to tweet away from curbside scenes across Los Angeles. Cudlitz has been vocal about supporting the show, particularly during its somewhat tumultuous transfer from NBC to TNT between the first and second seasons. [NBC made two seasons of the show, but only aired one. TNT bought the show and the rights to air the second season.]

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