Critically lauded cop show was reborn on cabler after NBC debut
In a statement Friday, the cabler said:
“TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season. We are enormously proud of Southland, which stands as one of the best police dramas ever made. Executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco, along with creator Ann Biderman and our partners at Warner Bros. Television, have given us five seasons of powerful, unforgettable storytelling, for which we are deeply grateful. We also want to thank the amazing cast for their impassioned, no-holds-barred performances, and the production team for their tenacity shooting on the streets of real-world Los Angeles. We wish everyone associated with Southland the very best.”
“Southland” premiered as an NBC drama in April 2009 to promising critical notices but small audience numbers for its initial seven-episode run. Though it was renewed for a second season, the next batch of episodes never aired on NBC, which delayed the show’s season premiere — then canceled the show that October, in part because of the drama crunch created by the Peacock’s decision to dedicate its 10 p.m. hour to “The Jay Leno Show.”
In November 2009, TNT acquired the rights to episodes from the first and second seasons, and began airing them in January 2010, before subsequent seasons were greenlit the next three years. The season finale of “Southland” averaged 1.8 million viewers last month.
This year, three “Southland” stars landed roles on broadcast pilots that stood a chance for series pickups: Shawn Hatosy in CBS drama “Reckless,” Regina King is in ABC’s comedy “Divorce: A Love Story,” and Benjamin McKenzie is in CBS drama “The Advocates.”