Listen up all you disgruntled Southland fans, TNT is your new favorite network. The acclaimed police drama has risen from the ashes of cancellation and will be returning to television on a new network:
“TNT has picked up the critically acclaimed series “Southland,” closing a deal with Warner Bros. Television that will bring the drama from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”) to the network in January.
TNT has obtained exclusive rights to air all six episodes that have been shot for the second season, as well as the seven episodes from the series’ first season. “Southland” will air on TNT Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning with the first episode of the series on Jan. 12.”
This is great news for the series especially given the somewhat surprising cancellation by NBC before the show even returned for a second season. Honestly, they brought back Heroes but not Southland? What gives?
Producer John Wells said: “We’re delighted that TNT has stepped forward to pick up ‘Southland.’ We are all extremely proud of the show.”
It’s great to see other networks step up and get behind quality programming such as this. All too often shows get canceled prematurely in the first season when it takes a second one to really establish itself. Hopefully Southland will do this and stick around for awhile.
Interestingly enough this is the second time in a week Warner Bros. has helped out on the TV front. The first being an eleventh hour deal to be part of the Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show. After Microsoft backed out of the project Warner Bros. jumped in to promote their upcoming Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr.