After much speculation, TNT announced they are picking up Southland. The drama was canceled by NBC before even one episode of its sophomore season aired.
“We’re delighted that TNT has stepped forward to pick up Southland,” said executive producer John Wells. “We are all extremely proud of the show.” The network will also replay the first season as they have gained exclusive rights to the first seven episodes as well.
Plus, fans can look forward to super sized episodes on TNT too. According to Michael Cudlitz, “It’s my understanding that the actual episodes will have more airtime on TNT, so I believe they will be going back in and [adding] content. They’ll have the opportunity, and, in my opinion the need, to open up the [initial seven] episodes a little bit.”
Its still unclear why NBC dropped the show after they had already filmed nearly 6 full episodes for the second season. Many think it has to do with simple mathematics. Five nights of The Jay Leno Show at 10 PM means less slots for original prime-time programming.
This isn’t the first show to jump ship after being canceled by NBC in recent years. Last year Scrubs moved to ABC after being canceled and Medium is now aired on CBS after its cancellation last spring.
TNT will air episodes beginning January 12 on Tuesdays @ 10 PM ET/PT.
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