‘Southland’ Renewed for Fifth Season by TNT

Fans of the acclaimed police drama Southland can rejoice because the show’s home network, TNT, has given the series a 10-episode order for its fifth season.

As most TV viewers will recall, ‘Southland’ aired for one season on NBC in 2009, but was unceremoniously canceled after its debut season. Not taking that cancellation lying down, executive producer John Wells campaigned for the show with TNT taking up the gauntlet, picking the show up for a new season the following year. The series has thrived at TNT, averaging 2.9 million viewers during its fourth season.

‘Southland’ takes what is described as a “raw and authentic look at Los Angeles and the lives of the LAPD officers who police it”. The cast includes Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.

According to Michael Wright, head of programming at the cabler, “season after season, critics and fans alike have championed Southland as one of television’s best dramas…this year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way”.

The fourth season of the series ran for 10 episodes earlier this year (from January to March); and while an official return date has yet to be announced, fans can anticipate the return of ‘Southland’ to TNT (more than likely) around that same time next year. [Source: Entertainment Weekly]