In the last few years, the difference it makes to have passionate fans has been no more prevalent, from the campaigns to save Jericho and Chuck, the cancelled Southland of NBC after it was ordered to a 2nd year, was saved by TNT because of the fans. Was it worth it as new episodes begin this week….
What TNT Says about the first two new episodes:
“Phase Three” (First New Episode) – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Lydia and Russell’s replacement, Rene Cordero, investigate a possible abduction of an elderly man by a known drug addict. Nate and Sammy investigate a freeway shooting and wind up threatening the integrity of a major undercover operation. And Chickie finds herself in the middle of a mini-riot after her new partner shoots at a 13-year-old boy.
“Butch & Sundance” – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 9 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) John and Ben are the first responders to a gruesome triple homicide in Hancock Park, where a mother is bludgeoned to death and her young daughters are found bound, gagged, raped and dead in their bedrooms. In investigating the case, Lydia and Rene realize they have two very different styles of doing detective work. Sammy continues to have problems with his wife, who seems unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. And Ben confronts John about his increasing reliance on pain pills.
The first two episodes showcase the gritty nature and realism of the series that makes it so unique. Back last April in the show premiere it was praised for its style of shooting with handheld, the use of locations in and around LA, and the cast that makes you think they are making up the dialogue on the spot. None of that is lost in the second year that was to air on NBC, if it had the curses would still be bleeped but now on cable it gets even more real with cursing and more. I can only imagine, how much dark the show can get if TNT produces new episodes.
Last year we were left with Lydia’s (Regina King better than ever) partner Russell (Tom Everett Scott) getting shot and Ben (Benjamin McKenszie) moving up in his training. The season begins as Russell is in the hospital and Lydia is given a new parter played by Prison Break’s Amaury Nolasco, who butts heads with Lydia who is hesitant of replacing Russell. Also present in the new series is as storyline revolving around sexism in regards to the wonderful Chickie (Arija Bareikis) who is not liked with her male colleagues. It is a testament to show that in any story they tackle it never feels out of placed and artificial.
The new episodes begin airing on the new network TNT, tonight at 10/9c.