Southland's Shawn Hatosy To Play Bad Boy Detective In CBS Drama Pilot Reckless
Even if things go south for Southland, Shawn Hatosy may not have to turn in his badge. The actor has been cast to play a police detective in the CBS drama pilot Reckless, joining Cam Gigandet. The project is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who - like Gigandet - lists Twilight among her credits. Those worried about what this latest bit of casting means for Southland, it appears to be further indication that the TNT drama's stars are lining up alternate roles, in the event that Southland is cancelled.
Reckless is written by Dana Stevens and is described as a "sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina," that "centers on Jamie, a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet), who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal." Hatosy will play the role of another police detective, "bad-boy Trey."
Deadline says this role is second position to Southland for the actor, which means if TNT's cop drama moves forward for a sixth season, Hatosy will remain with his current show. But the site also notes that Hatosy's Southland co-star Ben McKenzie has also lined up another role, as he's set to star in the CBS drama pilot The Advocates, which further emphasizes the uncertainty of Southland's fate.
Hatosy's credits go back to the 90s, with roles in features, including one of Kevin Kline's students in In & Out, and a lead role in the bodysnatcher film The Faculty. He's bounced back and forth between TV and films over the last decade, prior to taking a role in Southland, the cop drama, which originally aired on NBC, but was cancelled and then rescued by TNT. Given how close the series came to permanent demise, five seasons is a good run. Of course, fans of the series likely don't want to see it go, but at the very least, they can rest assured that some of its stars may land elsewhere on the small screen if the show does wrap up with Season 5.
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