Friday, May 10, 2013

TNT Cancels 'Southland' & 'Monday Mornings'

        Friday, May 10 - Unfortunately, the end has come for TNT's critically praised cop series Southland after four successful seasons for the network - after the network rescued it from NBC after one season.

        In a statement TNT said, "TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season. 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."
        Because of the show's on-the-bubble status, three of the four main actors - Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Shawn Hatosy - booked roles on pilots this development season. McKenzie plays the male lead on the CBS drama pilot The Advocates. King co-stars on the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story. Hatosy appears on the CBS drama pilot Reckless. All three pilots currently remain in contention for series orders at CBS and ABC - with the final decisions to be announced soon.

        UPDATE - TNT has now also announced the cancelation of drama series Monday Mornings after one low-rated season. Despite high pedigree talent in front of the camera - Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames, Jamie Bamber - and behind - David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ratings for the series never caught on. Molina was the only co-star to book a pilot role this development with a leading part on the NBC comedy pilot Assistance which is still in contention at the network.