That’s the theory posited by a commenter on New York’s Vulture entertainment blog:
Southland looks like it’s going to be a crappy network version of The Wire. Which is to say everything that the greatest cop show ever did will be dumbed down and made painstakingly obvious for a broad audience.
Which is to say it’s the best thing on NBC in years, but still won’t be any good. Every time an expletive was bleeped in the pilot, it just reminded me of how sh—y network television has become. I can’t wait for Southland’s take on The Wire’s “Fuck” scene in Season One — it will just be a continuous bleep.
Now, I have to say there’s a lot of merit to this. I watched the Southland pilot on Hulu last weekend and couldn’t help feeling I’d seen it somewhere before, but grittier and better. Then again, my time in Los Angeles was mostly spent west of Sepulveda Blvd., so my knowledge of South Central comes strictly from Boyz in the Hood and one ridiculously ill-navigated trip to Dodger Stadium.
Southland appears to be an early ratings success for NBC, if last night’s market shares are to be believed in the age of TiVo, DVR and Surf the Channel. But I wouldn’t get too attached to it just yet. This is NBC – they can fuck up anything.
Also, what’s up with the littering on the Southland set? Going green, my ass!