The show first demonstrated that in the Season 1 finale when Tom Everett Scott's Russell was gunned down by his neighbor. Russell ultimately survived, but in Tuesday's episode, Kevin Alejandro's Detective Nate Morretta was not so lucky.
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Heading home after a long day with partner Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy), Nate stopped to chat with a small group of unruly gang members. Although things at first seemed under control, Nate was attacked by the mob, suffering a fatal blow to the head with a metal pipe.
"It was sad when [executive producer Christopher Chulack] told me what was going to happen, but I understand what makes good drama," Alejandro tells TVGuide.com, adding that the fateful scene was based on a real incident. "I thought it was very touching, very poetic. That's an explosive way to go out, and it doesn't fit into a cliché. It comes out of nowhere."
Chulack says the decision for Alejandro to leave the show was made shortly after TNT picked up the episodes NBC had filmed before canceling the series. When TNT renewed the show, Alejandro, who had already committed to a recurring role on HBO's True Blood, agreed to shoot four more episodes of Southland.
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Chulack says Sammy, who is already dealing with his estranged wife and her possible pregnancy by another man, will pursue justice for Nate, both on the street and in the courtroom as a witness to the murder. "It defines Sammy's character for the season, and he really makes some very hard choices," Chulack says. "He also has a little guilt and now he has the partner's family to deal with a little bit and that's always confusing."
But Nate's loss will be felt by others as well. "The other characters are very well aware of it and acknowledge the death," Chulack says. "So while they didn't personally know him, it's kind of a pall over the department."
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Alejandro says his exit from the show only added to the emotional intensity of those final scenes. "It affected a lot of us on a personal level. I can't tell you how many tears there were, especially on my last day," Alejandro says. "I was crying, Regina [King] was crying, Shawn — there was a room of people I felt really cared about my character and that I had established a personal relationship with. It's a roller coaster that we all went on together, so it was inevitable that it would be tough."
Alejandro, whose Ugly Betty character also was killed off, says dying on TV doesn't ever get any easier, but he's excited for what's to come for his character, Jesus, on True Blood. ("This year is the year of the witches ... It gets really crazy and out there," he says.) But he's most excited about watching what Southland does next.
"I'm glad I get to be a part of Southland as a fan now, and not be aware of what's going on," he says. "I'm really looking forward to going on that journey. ... It's a beautiful piece of television, and I hope it goes on forever."
In short: Did Kevin Alejandro leave Southland? No. His character was simply killed off unexpectedly as explained more above.
Were you shocked by Nate's death? We here at iCalTV sure were.
Here is the second update for January and decent update for most of February's TV Schedule. We are enjoying some of the new shows such as Off the Map, The Cape, Fairly Legal and Being Human. What about yourself?
Which TV shows have been updated in this release? V, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, Better With You, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Cougar Town, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Private Practice, Mr. Sunshine, Off the Map, Castle, Rules of Engagement, $#*! My Dad Says, The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds, CSI: New York, CSI, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Defenders, Mike and Molly, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Hawaii Five-0, The Cape, Perfect Couples, Chase, The Event, Outsourced, Parenthood, Law and Order: SVU, 30 Rock, Community, The Office, Friday Night Lights, The Chicago Code, Human Target, House, Lie to Me, Fringe, American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, Bones, Raising Hope, Glee (Special Premiere Episode for the Super Bowl), Fairly Legal, White Collar, Royal Pains, Are We There Yet?, Lights Out, Archer, Being Human, Shameless, Pretty Little Liars, Greek, 90210, One Tree Hill, Nikita, Supernatural, Hellcats, Gossip Girl and Flashpoint.
Which networks have been updated in this release? ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, USA, TBS, FX, SyFy, Showtime, ABC Family, CW and CTV.
Here are six shows that currently have been renewed for another season on the ABC Network.
- Modern Family was renewed for a third season
- Castle will be coming back for a fourth season
- Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice were renewed
- The Middle was renewed for a second season
- Cougar Town was renewed for another season
Here is the first update and very large update of 2011 and for January and February. There are a few updates for March and April too. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. I also hope your all ready for your TV shows to be returning after this break as well as new TV shows airing this year!
What TV show has been added in this release? Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, The Bachelor, Off the Map, Mad Love, Chaos, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviors, Perfect Couples, Harry's Law, The Cape, Who Do You Think You Are?, Bob's Burgers, The Chicago Code, Traffic Light, Kitchen Nightmares, V, Live to Dance, Fairly Legal, Breaking In, Lights Out, Being Human, Face Off, Camelot, Sons of Guns, Flying Wild Alaska, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men.
Which TV shows have been updated in this release? Castle, Men of a Certain Age, Better With You, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Brothers and Sisters, Cougar Town, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Private Practice, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, CSI, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Blue Bloods, The Defenders, The Event, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Medium, Parenthood, Law and Order: SVU, Parks and Recreation, Community, Chuck, Human Target, Lie to Me, Human Target, The Simpson's, Glee, Family Guy, Are We There Yet?, Justified and Archer.
What networks have added in this release? AMC Network.
Which networks have been updated in this release? ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, USA, TBS, TNT, FX, SyFy, HBO, Showtime, Food, Discovery and Starz.