Southland Is Saved... Again

You have the right to remain... on the air! Har, har. Southland was picked up for a third season by TNT today, crossing one more program off the "bubble show" list.

Season 3 of the cop drama—different from other cop shows because of its grittiness—will run 10 episodes and begin sometime early next year. The fact that the show even got a second season is something of a miracle, as it was unceremoniously dumped by NBC before its Season 2 premiere, probably because of the same thing that made Southland different... its grittiness. (That, and to make room for the now-defunct Jay Leno Show.)

Southland generally received positive reviews after its debut, but the ratings just weren't there as the season progressed. Which is probably best for all parties, as Southland is certainly a better fit for non-network television.

Southland follows Los Angeles police officers in the line of duty and stars Benjamin McKenzie, Tom Everett Scott, Regina King, and Michael Cudlitz.


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Apr 28, 2010
I am so glad it's been renewed! It's my favorite cop drama that has ever been on Television, and I love how realistic it is, I hate when shows sugarcoat things to try to apeal to the stupid masses.
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Apr 28, 2010
The only problem I had with season 2 was that it was so short. So I'm very glad it's coming back with at least 10 new episodes. With "Justified", it's the only cop show I can still watch without being bored.
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Apr 27, 2010
"gritty". another m....on writing about stuff he/she doesn't know. The show is an ultimate alternative to all the painty* PD shows like CSI, Cold Case, Without a trace. But of course it's realistic and truthful statements won't suit most of the population. (*painty: "non gritty" "too perfectly painted, without any flaws, and lots of color to render it more enjoyable to low IQ'd people).
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Apr 27, 2010
this is awesome news!!!! cant wait til next January!!
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Apr 27, 2010
Excellent acting! Thank you TNT!
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Apr 27, 2010
Excellent news but ope they change their minds and go for a full season.
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Apr 27, 2010
Great news! Wise people there at TNT....
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Apr 27, 2010
Awesome news, great show, just wish it was for more episodes
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Apr 27, 2010
TNT deserve a huge amount of credit for rescuing this show, and even more now for sticking with it to give it the chance it has always deserved. 10 episodes is a good run to make a proper claim, so here's hoping they make the most of it. Intelligent, in your face drama isn't exactly common place on TV any more. I will definitely be watching.
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Apr 27, 2010
Only 10 episodes..?! Oh well, I'm just happy it's been renewed.
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Apr 27, 2010
sweet
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Apr 27, 2010
Awesome news.
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Apr 27, 2010
Good news.
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Apr 27, 2010
Thank you ,Thank you, Thank you.
great show, great acting ,great script
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Apr 27, 2010
I was just wondering when they were going to review Southland. Thank you for the good news, Tim Surrette- never thought I would say that...
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Apr 27, 2010
hortatio says: " Well this is definitely.....a police matter!"
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
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Apr 27, 2010
Great news looking forward to the next season
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Apr 27, 2010
Southland is more than just a decent show. Glad it has been picked up. I would have preferred a 12-13 ep season but I guess we can't be picky.
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Apr 27, 2010
this show is really great! its nothing like any other show out there
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Apr 27, 2010
Best news I've heard in a while!
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Apr 27, 2010
Thank you so much for this article, Tim. I'll share it on Facebook ;)
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Apr 27, 2010
Love this show. :)
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Apr 27, 2010
Yeah:) really amazing show, touching drama.
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Apr 27, 2010
A fairly decent show, deserves to remain on I suppose
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