Southland Renewed for Season 5

After a few false alarms, TNT has officially renewed its cop drama Southland for a fifth season. The series will return in February 2013 for 10 episodes.

It's pretty amazing that the show has made it so far, given its history. Southland actually started out on NBC, where it debuted to big enough ratings that I wrote an article titled "Can Southland save NBC?" The network was already well into its current struggles, and here was Southland, a great police drama that came in like gangbusters.

But the ratings slipped and slipped, and NBC killed the show midway through production of its second season because it was deemed "too gritty." It should also be mentioned that this happened around the time that NBC was clearing space in the 10pm hour for the late-night-in-primetime The Jay Leno Show. Tee hee. Thankfully, TNT saw merit in Southland's grittiness and threw the series a lifeline; Seasons 2, 3, and 4 all aired on TNT.

Let's shoot our guns in the air in excitement in the comments!


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Glad that we now have other networks to pickup shows like this. I wish this had been the case around 2000 but if wishes were horses we all be eating steak.
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Southland is such an amazing show! I only wish they had more episodes every season. My favorite person on the show is Sammy...he has so much intensity and passion for life. I'm glad they paired him up with Ben after season 3. Hopefully season 5 is just as good.
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Yes, yes, yes! I just got into this show and went through all four seasons in record time. The show is a good mix of The Shield and The Wire. Maybe not as good, but still.
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YES!!!!

I cant believe I am saying this but I hope Lucy Liu comes back. She played such a bad ass. It was totally out of character for her.
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Like hitting lotto twice in one week! I am still getting a bit choked up about Fringe - even wrote an gushing quasi-love letter/apology to Kevin Reilly with deepest thanks (so, I may have contributed a few (ridiculously obnoxious number) letters in the past year to Mr Reilly arguing in support of Fringe).



This is the best police drama since The Wire. Gritty, gripping and unpretentious, Southland consistently delivers intense drama and gut-churning realism. Nearly every episode there is some jaw dropping, visceral, gasp-worthy moment, without being crude, obvious or insulting the intelligence of the audience. There have been a number of episodes that left me with disturbing images lingering for days afterward with an uneasy certainty that if this show comes close to accurately portraying reality for LA law enforcement, whatever they earn and the meager recognition they receive is not nearly enough. I have spent a fair amount of time in LA and after some Southland episodes I catch myself wondering what sort of charmed dumb luck ensured my survival and escape from the scariest city in America - if this is middle America's only view of LA it is little wonder the CA tourism board is packing celebs into overly bright ads focused on everywhere in CA not LA.



I commend the show and TNT for their unflinching portrayal of humanity and urban life and commitment to delivering amazing television. You are making the "major" networks look weak and pedestrian as they fill their schedules with "reality" programming, regurgitate ideas that were once innovative and commercially successful with lackluster results and scramble for the golden ticket pilot that will save their sinking ships. Keep up the fantastic work.
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Orsum, good news!
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about time!!.. thanks!
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Yeah, baby!
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One of the best shows on TV right here.
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One of the best. Not just cop shows which the rest compared to Southland are just dumb. But one of the best shows around. Suck it NBC.
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Hands down the best pure cop show on TV right now.
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Booyah! Love this show!
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Fantastic News! Love the show since I watched the very first episode! (Shame on you, NBC)
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So glad some good shows are getting renewals!
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This is one of the best police shows on tv and a fantastic cast! I look forward to it every season, and I SO happy that TNT is renewing it!



First, FOX renews Fringe, now TNT renews this! Only 1 show left I really want to get renewed, Awake. PLEASE NBC renew Awake and I may actually have faith in you again. Possibly.
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I can't see the Awake being renewed with the kind of ratings they have. I think it might have succeeded if it was placed after Harry's Law to boost it's viewers and ratings.
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Good luck with Awake :(
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Come on TNT, pick up Awake!
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Best news ever! I'm SO glad TNT appreciates what they have in Southland. It's such a quiet show but it's brilliant. It's not bombastic or full of Sweeps Week stunts and it doesn't make a lot of waves with critics or viewers. But I love it for refusing to abandon its gritty realism, for casting big names while not letting them overshadow character or story, for refusing to be 'just another cop show.' It'll probably never be recognized by awards shows like it should, but kudos to TNT for keeping it on the air.
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i wont deny it Ryan from the O.C lol grew on me so support on his and the boondocks voice cough ragina king are amazing and i grew up loving certain people in acting so with that said let the show continue..,
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This is wonderful news. Last week Fringe and now Southland. I am delighted.
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They need more than ten episodes per season.
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i love the show, but it's the most depressing show ever and i had to stop watching. nothing remotely good ever happens to anyone.
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I was wondering why you had never written any article about Southland. It is one of my favorite shows on television.
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Best Cop Show atm! So annoying that its just 10 episodes per season..
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