Exclusive: Chad Michael Murray Joins Southland

Chad Michael Murray SouthlandChad Michael Murray has collared a plum Southland gig opposite fellow former teen idol Ben McKenzie, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The One Tree Hill vet will appear in multiple episodes of the TNT cop drama’s fifth season as Dave Mendoza, a likable cop who is a bit of a loose cannon. His off-duty behavior, however, may not always be the best influence on McKenizie’s Officer Sherman.

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Fun fact: McKenzie’s breakthrough role of Ryan Atwood on The O.C. was originally offered to Murray (who nixed it in favor of OTH). Small world.

Season 5 of Southland is set to premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10/9c.

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  1. Will West says:

    You couldn’t have found a douchier photo of him if you tried

  2. Mark says:

    Well he is an extremely douchey guy so what do you expect?

  3. Alex says:

    …really? This seems like an odd fit.

    • CJ says:

      I always feel like that with Southland casting – last year I thought, “Lucy Liu? Are they serious?” but it turned out awesome…so I have high hopes.

  4. Logan DeRisa says:

    Surprisingly a really cool guy in real life, gf had met him at a book signing. As a Southland fan I’m looking forward to this.

  5. Tracey says:

    I’m a fan of Chad Michael Murray , so to see him back on TV it’s gonna be soooo good. Then to put him in uniform with some already talented cast on Southland…too excited!

  6. ivaddj says:

    I hope he bleaches his hair again :D That would be just the thing to make him a tad more douchey (it’s possible people!)

  7. Disgusted says:

    So no Hispanics again this season? It’s LA for christ’s sake. This show has gotten whiter and whiter and whiter.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I’m not sure about him joining the show. It seems like he won’t fit in.

  9. High School Reunion says:

    Ryan Atwood and Lucas Scott sharing a screen??? I don’t watch this show, but I will be soon.

  10. Kash says:

    I’m actually looking forward to the addition of Chad Michael Murray. Southland is such an awesome show. It’ll give CMM a change to exercise his acting chops.

  11. Britta Unfiltered says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen a new Southland episode, I forgot the show existed. Now I miss it.

  12. gary says:

    dam this is a pretty good get for CMM who i thought wouldnt get many good jobs and be stuck to Direct to DVD movies

  13. Karoline says:

    Jesus! With whom did he sleep with to get that part? Just awful decision! He isn’t even a good actor. Heck, I can’t even call him “actor”. And judging by his character’s name he is Hispanic. Such a travesty.

  14. Kate says:

    I think he is a decent actor. OTH I always found to be extremely cheesy and the writing…well…but here’s the thing: Southland is phenomenal. The best thing on TV. It’s outstanding in every departement. More people need to watch it, so it’ll survive for another season. So I think this is perfect casting. It will pull more people in and I really have to admit: he’s gorgeous :-)

  15. Carrie says:

    His character’s last name is Mendoza?!

  16. dude says:

    Can we retire the phrase “loose cannon” in reference to any television/movie police officer in the future? There are other ways to say temperamental ass.

  17. Roni says:

    YES YES YES!!! Gonna watch this season HEY!!

  18. TVwhorasaurus says:

    but, ben mckenzie wasn’t a teen when he was on The OC so is he technically a teen idol? also, CMM is still around? hey man, cool, best of luck to you. i wish ben had more/better (network? HBO? AMC?) work than this. remember when we all thought he was the next russell crowe? le sigh.

  19. Chicago Dan says:

    Southland is a great, gritty show. I only wish TNT would give it more than 10 epis a season, BUT as long as they keep renewing it, I’m thankful.

  20. Whatevah says:

    Lucas & Ryan! AWESOME!

  21. Anna says:

    Lolz, I thought he had faded into obscurity. I feel like Southland could do better…

  22. veronica says:

    Haters quit hating. Maybe he has grown and matured. He has replied to me several times on twitter and was a lot friendlier to me than hos ex was.

  23. Alicia says:

    I met Chad back in 07 and he was nice. Kudos to him for finding more work and on such a great show.

  24. adexis says:

    My man CMM

  25. adexis says:

    Chad has alwaz be my role model 4rm gilmore girls 2 oth 2 house of wax nt 2 mention the cinderella or christmas cupid so haters shud bak off

  26. shadester says:

    ugh cantr see him in this role and he would not have been a good ryan atwood. and if he didnt cheat why did sofia divorce him so fast?

  27. Quit hatin he was a good actor on Dawsons Creek..he had that it factor! He can’t help it that he is a pretty boy so quit hatin. I loved his reference in the movie step brothers by the d bag bro Derrick.lol

  28. Marie says:

    I was hoping to see him in more episodes, miss seeing himn on TV