Southland: Shaquille O'Neal To Guest Star (Access Exclusive)

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Shaquille O'Neal attends the Third Annual Hall of Game Awards hosted by Cartoon Network at Barker Hangar on February 9, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif. -- Getty Premium

Shaquille O'Neal is heading to the small screen!

The former NBA superstar will guest star on TNT's police drama, "Southland," Shaq announced on Thursday's Access Hollywood Live.

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Shaq will play Officer Earl Dayton, a cop who knows Officer John Cooper (played by Michael Cudlitz) from the police academy. The pair will run into each other at the funeral of a notorious gangster, where Shaq's character will be serving warrants.

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The episode shoots on Tuesday in Los Angeles and will air on April 3.

The retired NBA star has police connections off-screen as well - he has previously served as a reserve officer with both the Port of Los Angeles police and the Miami Beach police department.

Shaq is the second notable name to appear as a guest star on the drama's third season so far - Chad Michael Murray is currently starring in a guest arc as a cop influencing Officer Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) in a less-than-positive way.

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The basketball star's previous acting credits include big screen roles in "Scary Movie 4," "Freddy Got Fingered," "Kazaam" and "Blue Chips." He also had a cameo on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in 2001.

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"Southland," which returned last week with the premiere of Season 3, airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on TNT.

-- Erin O'Sullivan

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