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TNT renews ‘Southland’ for a fourth season

southland-tntAtlanta-based TNT renewed cop drama “Southland” for a fourth season, asking for 10 more episodes.

The show, with a slightly pared down cast, drew 2.9 million viewers a week for first-run episodes, counting DVR usage, which upped its viewership significantly. The DVR probably saved the show, which overall, was up slightly from the previous season, when TNT aired leftover episodes NBC had abandoned. (”Southland” originated in the spring of 2009 on NBC for a brief run, was canceled during the Jay Leno 10 p.m. debacle in the fall and saved by TNT soon after.)

And TNT is giving Eric McCormack (”Will & Grace”) a second chance. But this time it’s a crime drama called “Perception,” where he plays a very perceptive neuroscientist who helps the feds solve complex crimes. That doesn’t sound very original, but we’ll have to see when it comes out if it works or not. His last TNT drama in 2009 was “Trust Me,” which was a character study in an ad agency that did not do well with viewers and lasted just one season.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

11 comments Add your comment

Fin

March 23rd, 2011
5:21 am

YEAAAAAAAAHHH!! Another season of “Southland”. That’s great news

CJinAlpharetta

March 23rd, 2011
11:05 am

One of the absolutely best shows on the teevee! Any idea, though, why their seasons are only 10 episodes?

Munch

March 23rd, 2011
12:53 pm

2nd best show on TV, right behind Breaking Bad! Love Southland!

J-J

March 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

I will be watching, I agree with everyone,Love Southland—great show

Kennesaw Dave

March 23rd, 2011
4:03 pm

Southland is definitely excellent and I’m glad they’ve been renewed for another season. I don’t know about this other show that you mentioned though Rodney. Sounds like a very weak attempt to try and compete with The Mentalist. I know Eric needs to work and all, but someone needs to get him some better material.

shaun

March 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

loovvee SOUTHLAND it is an awesome show love regina king and cast needs more than ten episodes though

Rodney Ho

March 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Just watched the finale. Great scenes with Cooper and Sherman. If the show did better in the ratings, TNT might commit to more episodes but it’s doing okay, not great. Southland fans should be grateful TNT gave it another season at all.

Matt

March 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

And we are! Awesome news, love, love, love this show!

Kenny

March 24th, 2011
2:51 pm

Woo-hoo. Southland is my fix for “The Wire” withdraws.

Eric

March 26th, 2011
12:19 am

I believe that ‘Southland’ has proven to be such a promising show. I was very disappointed with NBC for throwing away this crime drama. IMO, Jeff Zucker needed to be ousted from his CEO position at NBC.

I am very pleased that TNT is renewing the show for its 4th season… and giving it the respect it deserves… even though I don’t have cable or satellite.

Eric

March 26th, 2011
12:21 am

For the record… I am not actor Eric McCormick, by the way.