It's the news that Southland fans have been holding their breath to hear. TNT has officially renewed the NBC-dropped cop-drama for a third season.
TNT announced yesterday that they have ordered 10 new episodes of Southland, slated to air in January 2011. Says Michael Wright, head of TNT, tbs and TCM programming, "Southland is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines, and complex characters. These qualities have made Southland a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience."
As was reported last November, Southland is an expensive show to produce, so the decision from TNT to renew the series came as a bit of a surprise. However, even though Southland has pulled in only moderate ratings since starting its run on TNT, the network was quick to point out that the series gains about 50% more viewers with DVR numbers and averaged about 2.7 million viewers for the season once time-shifting numbers were added.
Southland is a John Wells-produced cop-drama focusing on a police gang unit in Los Angeles. It stars Ben McKenzie (The O.C.), Tom Everett Scott (TNT's Saved), Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers) and Regina King (24).