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TNT renews ‘Southland’

southland11aTNT first saved “Southland” from death after NBC canceled the L.A.-based drama last year and aired the six episodes that NBC had not used before axing it.

After studying the ratings for the show on TNT this winter, the Atlanta-based network has decided to give the show a third season.

The six new episodes averaged 2.1 million viewers on TNT (2.7 million if you count DVR usage up to seven days.) That isn’t as good as shows such as “Leverage,” “Hawthorne” or “The Closer” but was obviously good enough for TNT.

One key fact: “Southland” drew the youngest audience of any show on TNT with a median age of 47. And advertisers like it young.

“This is not a charity renewal,” said Michael Wright, who oversees programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “It wasn’t wildly impressive. Nor was it bad. It did okay. But when you add to that, it’s simply a fantastic show. We’re thrilled to bring them back.”

He said the show will be back on a level that will enable it to maintain its quality (although cable shows are known to be shot at lower budgets than those on the broadcast nets.). “It will be indistinguishable form what you’ve seen before,” he said.

The ten new episodes are set to air starting January 2011.

The drama fits TNT well, with a dark, cinema verite feel that has built up a strong fan base and critical plaudits.

9 comments Add your comment

Jim

April 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Glad they saved it. Along with one of the best opens on tv, it’s turned into something that’s very watchable. We now DVR it and don’t miss an episode.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically Adam 12 meets Hill Street Blues meets Homicide. It has a lot of the “blue pride” that Adam 12 had, a lot of Hill Street Blues reality, and has that gritty “real” feel that Homicide always had.

If you’re too old to remember any/all of those shows, you need to head for a video site-you got some learnin’ to do:-)

The K

April 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

Thank you, TNT. This is the best cop show in years. It makes you reminisce The Wire to a degree. I love it. My DVR is set for its return

steve

April 26th, 2010
6:36 pm

yes i love ’southland’, great characters.

Billy Bob from cobb

April 26th, 2010
8:12 pm

One of the top 3 shows on tv

ChippersLoveChild

April 27th, 2010
10:15 am

Boom goes the dynamite! So happy it is back, thank you TNT.

John

April 27th, 2010
10:24 am

Awesome show, I agree, it’s a little Adam-12 with a bit of Homicide and Hill street blues. Yes I am old enough to remember them all and having lived in LA for a few years, it is right on. That’s why I love cable better than Network TV, especially TNT.

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