Here's some info on the show from THE SHIELD's press kit..... Premiering in March of 2002, FX's THE SHIELD broke the conventional formula of the cop genre. Playing out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. It focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt cops and cops who play it by the book, both groups effective at fighting crime by employing distinctively different methods.

The results have been historic. Producing the highest rated and most watched original series premiere in basic cable history, basic cable's first ever Primetime Emmy award, for Michael Chiklis as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as well as Emmy nominations for Writing and Directing.

Most recently, THE SHIELD was honored with 2002 Golden Globe Awards nominations for Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series.

The 13-episode second season premieres Tuesday, January 7th on FX at 10:00 p.m.

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