The man behind The Shield, The Chicago Code, and Terriers has laid his weary head down at HBO, a place where no one would ever, EVER accuse the man of creating work that’s too gritty or true-to-life. Shawn Ryan will roll out the show Badlands, a study of a Wyoming town that has fallen on economic hard times, as well as probably a bunch of other different types of hard times as well. Like criminal or romantic or what have you.
Fans of Ryan will be delighted to know that on HBO he will be free to interject all the violence and profanity that he feels he should have in his earlier network shows. Then they’ll get less delighted when they realize that it’s about economic hard times and not corrupt cops blowing each other up with grenades.