Will TNT Burn Off "Southland"?
Within hours of word getting out that NBC had given "Southland" the hook before it even debuted, word on the street was that it was being foisted upon TNT.
TNT, not coincidentally is owned by the same company that owns Warner Bros. Television, where "Southland" is produced by John Wells. Six episodes had been shot on the cop drama, which stars Benjamin McKenzie of "OC" fame.
According to a source inside NBC parent company, NBC Universal, "Southland" got the hook because the new-season's episodes were unrelentingly dark.
(Depending on your source, the first episode of the second season was apparently going to open with a scene in which a convict defecates, or is stabbed and bleeds slowly to death - or both.)
While this might have been a great way to warm up an audience at 10 o'clock for those Gas Pipe Explosion Slays 6 stories with which local TV stations like to lead off their 11 p.m. newcasts, it would have been a bit a mood killer for what was to have been "Southland's" new lead-out program on Friday nights -- Jay Leno's comedy talk show.
Lisa de Moraes
October 13, 2009; 12:24 PM ET
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