Shawn Hatosy to Get Reckless on CBS

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The future of Southland is in the air this week, following two of the show's stars signing on for new projects.

First, Benjamin McKenzie took a role on CBS' The Advocates. On that series, he will play an ex-con who teams up with a female attorney to fight for the underdog.

Now, Deadline confirms that Shawn Hatosy will star in Reckless, a Charleston, South Carolina-based drama that centers on two lawyers who must hide their attraction for each other while clashing over a police sex scandal.

Hatosy will play a detective on the pilot.

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Both projects are in "second position" for McKenzie and Hatosy, meaning they will return to Southland if TNT orders a sixth season.

But this certainly isn't a positive sign for that series, which has only been averaging 1.3 million viewers in 2013.

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SouthLAnd lost something, along with Kevin Alejandro and a few of the other actors who have left the series, I think :(..and, giving Lydia a child was a bad move. I don't believe that people are tuning in to listen to her woes with balancing her career with her kid--they are tuning in for the looniness the cops deal with, more than anything, IMO.