Second Chance: Southland and TNT in talks to migrate show

October 25, 2009 by  
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southlandRemember Southland, the searing cop drama plagued by low ratings and celebrated by critics that was cancelled by NBC before the second season even aired? Well, it may soon be getting a second shot, courtesy of TNT, a network that loves their cop dramas.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a deal is ” close to being reached”, based on inside info from various sources.  Talk began quickly after NBC unexpectedly canned the show after completing 6 episodes of the new season. Hopefully, this rookie gets a chance in the limelight with a network less gun-shy about canning a promising show.

TNT, Warner Bros. and John Wells Productions have refused to comment regarding the talks, but a deal is “imminent” according to the talk through the grapevine.

Good News for Gourmet TV Fans: Southland picked up by NBC

May 3, 2009 by  
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southlandNBC has renewed the cop drama “Southland,” picking up 13 episodes of the series for the rest of the season. The show was in danger of being axed due to controversial tones in the early episodes.

The Los Angeles-set cop show, which stars Ben McKenzie, was a late addition to NBC’s midseason schedule (usually where shows go to die much of the time). It got off to a good start in “ER”‘s Thursday 10 p.m. time slot (not unexpected).

The ratings have since slipped a little bit, but the network people have been high on “Southland” for its wide possible appeal, potential and producer John Wells’ solid track record as a producer (he created ER, a pretty good show that just outstayed its welcome).

This is good for TV; a bold, daring show not afraid to show the unglamorous side of cop work. TV really needs shaking up right now, and Southland could be just the ticket.