‘Southland’ is Back on the Beat in Season 5 Photo Gallery February 4, 2013 News, Southland On Feb. 13, the cops of Southland return to the streets of Los Angeles for a fifth season of TNT’s gritty police drama. The new season will bring with it new challenges for the officers as recovering addict Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) finds himself reevaluating his career after two decades of work, Sammy (Shawn Hatosy) deals with his estranged wife, Lydia (Regina King) struggles to adjust to her new role as a mother and Ben’s (Ben McKenzie) partnership with Sammy becomes strained. Long-time recurring guest star Thomas C. Howell has been bumped up to a series regular as well, so you can expect to see more of Officer “Dewey” Dudek this season. Joining the cast for guest star-stints in season five are Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) as Dave Mendoza, a cop who could be bad influence on Ben, Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Lucero, who was born in Mexico, but grew up in East L.A. and Annie Monroe (House of Lies) as Brooke, Ben’s latest love interest. Check out a mustachioed Murray and get an early look at what’s ahead in the season five photo gallery below. Season five of Southland premieres Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 10PM ET/PT on TNT. Click Any Photo Below To Enlarge lili great! Southland fifth season and one day before Scandal.