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Southland: TNT TV Series Renewed for Season Four

SouthlandThere’s good news for the cops on the mean streets of Los Angeles. TNT has renewed Southland for a fourth season. As you may recall, the police drama premiered on NBC and was renewed for a second season but was cancelled before production of the sophomore year was completed. TNT picked it up and found enough ratings success to renew the TV series for year three. The third season recently finished airing and the the ratings were slightly higher than what they had been the previous year.

TNT has renewed Southland for another 10 episodes. The cable channel hasn’t indicated when they’ll air but an early 2012 run seems likely.

TNT Renews Acclaimed Drama Series SOUTHLAND

TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series SOUTHLAND will return for a fourth season. TNT has ordered 10 new episodes of the gritty, realistic cop drama, which wrapped up its third season March 8. SOUTHLAND stars Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Dexter, Public Enemies), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and Ben McKenzie (The O.C.). The series has averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% compared to the second season.

SOUTHLAND comes to TNT from John Wells Productions and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing), in association with Warner Bros. Television. Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), the series is executive-produced by Emmy winners Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series. Andrew Stearn (Shameless, The West Wing) is co-executive producer.

“SOUTHLAND has been acknowledged by many critics as one of the sharpest, most entertaining and most authentic dramas on television today,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “John Wells, Chris Chulack and their teams created a brilliant roller coaster ride this season, with countless riveting scenes and unforgettable character arcs. We are extremely proud to have SOUTHLAND on TNT and to bring it back for a fourth season.”

TNT’s renewal of SOUTHLAND marks the latest chapter for a series that found a new home on television’s premier drama network in 2010, after an outpouring of fans and critics campaigned to keep the series alive. SOUTHLAND has redefined the police drama genre with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, SOUTHLAND captures an environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.

In SOUTHLAND, King stars as Detective Lydia Adams, who this year has faced a difficult adjustment period with a new partner and a suspension over leaked crime-scene photos. Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz) is a seasoned cop whose addiction to painkillers is interfering with his performance on the job. His partner, Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), came to him as a rookie but is now growing up fast on the force. Detective Sammy Bryant (Hatosy) is part of the LAPD’s gang task force who is still reeling from the murder of his partner.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting in late 2011, The Mentalist; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear Southland’s returning for season four? How does it compare to other cop dramas?

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Connie September 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

Very happy that Southland is comming back to TV, and glad that TNT picked it up. Maybe now it will have a chance to grow… One of the best shows on tv.


MAC August 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

One of the best t.v. police series out there , can`t wait for the series premier! SOUTHLAND I give it a five star rating.


Judi Z August 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

So glad it’s back. One of the best cop dramas besides Blue Bloods an Rookie Blue.


Belinda White August 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I like to say thanks to TNT for giving us Southland one of the best TV show on TV.
Thanks TNT. You are number one in my book.


Jurie Botes April 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Please don’t end Southland don’t do the same as Third Watch as there is a cop
series on tv it doesn’t last long especially series about uniformed officers.
I’am a policeofficer myself in South-Africa. I’am FTO
These programmes helps sometimes in training.

Best Regards
Jurie Botes


Carmen Pullen April 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

yes!! like i said Southland is the BEST COP DRAMA ON TV!! very gritty, like i like it!


Anonymous April 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Great show ! But if you wait till 2012 you’ll lose some viewers… long to wait !


Christine March 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I’m very pleased Southland will return. I hope we get new shows before 2012. Too long to wait.


ravie March 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

Great, great news. I always have faith in TnT as opposed to the networks. Hopefully they’ll start picking up more shows that the networks drop, because the networks know how to pick good shows, but don’t know how to keep them. My only problem is that we have to wait a whole year before it comes back. By then some people could have moved on to other shows, or forgotten these beloved characters. Why such a long wait? I think that is why the ratings drop somewhat, because they stay too long to bring some of these shows back and obviously with so much on TV now (with a new show coming on and going on at the drop of a hat), people tend to move on quickly as well.


Maureen March 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

So happy Southland has been renewed. One of the best shows on tv.


Roger March 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

This makes my day! I hope more people start to learn how great this show is. Way to go TNT, you know drama, unlike NBC.


Bruce March 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

YES! BEST SHOW ON TV! (Second best is Chicago Code; if you’re not watching that, start!!!!)


Mike March 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

I love this show as well but don’t understand why, like other cable series, there has to be such a gap between seasons. So we have to wait almost a year for the next season to start? Makes no sense.


Beth Coccaro March 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I love Southland, too. Yippee!~


Tha Critic March 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I couldn’t be happier that it’s coming back for another season. I love Southland.


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