After NBC ax, series might have home at TNT
The saga of homeless cop drama “Southland” appeared one step closer to resolution on Friday.Insiders confirmed reports that Warner Bros. TV and NBC had settled their differences on a deal that would end their relationship on the show — and allow Warner Bros. TV to sell the series to another entity. That outlet is expected to be TNT, although no pact has been finalized yet. According to insiders, NBC played hardball in negotiations to parole the show, asking to be paid in full upfront (or very soon thereafter) for the six episodes it had ordered this season. The money owed to NBC would’ve added huge amounts to the overhead costs on each episode, making it that much harder for John Wells Prods. and WBTV to make economic sense of a new deal for the show on a basic cable license fee. It’s believed both sides found a workable compromise, with WBTV paying some coin upfront, and more once the episodes land a home. Warner Bros. TV has 13 episodes of “Southland” in the can, including seven left over from last year plus the six produced for NBC this fall before the Peacock pulled the plug. NBC informed Warner Bros. TV two weeks ago it would ax the skein, which had been set to bow last Friday at 9 p.m. NBC is airing “Dateline” in its place. “Southland” stars Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz as L.A. beat cops.
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