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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.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 13, 2009; 12:24 PM ET
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The NoBody Cares network has previously more-or-less announced that it's out of the scripted drama business (if putting Jay Leno in that 10pm time slot in perpetuity was not a hint) - so the "cancellation" of "Southland" is a bit of a non-news item. That it may pop up in dark-friendly TNT cable land is not exactly earth shattering - but as good a news item (assuming you like the show) as still-scripted drama friendly CBS taking up "The Medium". The NoBody Cares network has become France - where Jerry Lewis - AND Jay Leno, apparently - are hailed as comic geniuses. Chacun a son gout. And vive la difference on cable!

Posted by: jqw3827 | October 13, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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