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The news comes just weeks after the critically beloved series aired its fifth-season finale and a few days before Turner brass is slated to appear before Madison Avenue buyers at its annual upfront presentation. Though Southland ended its fifth season up 15 percent (with more than 1.8 million viewers) and has the affection of both the critics as well as programming chief Michael Wright, it wasn’t enough to justify another season. The fact that Southland, which began its run on NBC before moving to TNT, managed to skirt cancelation despite low ratings the past two years is a testament to Wright’s passion for the series.
“TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season,” the Turner network said in a statement announcing the news Friday. “We are enormously proud of Southland, which stands as one of the best police dramas ever made. Executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco, along with creator Ann Biderman and our partners at Warner Bros. Television, have given us five seasons of powerful, unforgettable storytelling, for which we are deeply grateful. We also want to thank the amazing cast for their impassioned, no-holds-barred performances, and the production team for their tenacity shooting on the streets of real-world Los Angeles. We wish everyone associated with Southland the very best.”
In anticipation, stars Regina King (ABC’s Divorce: A Love Story), Ben McKenzie (CBS’ Advocates) and Shawn Hatsoy (CBS’ Reckless) each booked pilots in second position, with the fate of all three dramas expected in the coming days.
For its part, TNT handed out series orders to Howard Gordon‘s Sean Bean spy drama Legends and Michael Bay‘s Eric Dane vehicle The Last Ship, both set to bow in 2014. The network recently renewed soapy revival Dallas.
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