TNT orders third season of ‘Southland’

Cabler orders 10 segs of the cops on beat drama

The beat goes on for “Southland.”

TNT has ordered another 10 episodes of the acclaimed cop drama from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV.

Series, which bowed on NBC last year and was rescued for a second season by TNT, will be back for its third season in January, TNT said. The show delivered respectable but not impressive ratings for TNT in its airing of the show’s first seven segs that ran on NBC and its six-episode season. But the show’s strong following among crix and the DVR stats indicating the loyalty of its aud convinced Turner execs to give the show another go-round.

“‘Southland’ is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “These qualities have made ‘Southland’ a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

Ensembler stars Michael Cudlitz Ben McKenzie, Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Shawn Hatosy and Clifton Collins Jr. “Southland” was created by Ann Biderman, who exec produces with Wells and Christopher Chulack.

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