TNT Renews Southland for Third Season

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TNT has booked a third season of its critically-acclaimed drama “Southland,” from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy-winning producer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”). The network has ordered 10 episodes for the third season, which is slated to begin airing in January 2011.

“‘Southland’ is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “These qualities have made ‘Southland’ a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (“NYPD Blue,” “Public Enemies”), “Southland” takes a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles. The series focuses on officers, detectives and members of a gang unit as they endure the triumphs and tragedies that populate their lives both on and off the job. The series is shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

“Southland’s” ensemble cast includes Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Michael McGrady, Ben McKenzie and Tom Everett Scott. “Southland” is executive-produced by Wells, Biderman and Emmy winner Christopher Chulack (“ER,” “Third Watch”), who also serves as a primary director of the series.

TNT picked up “Southland” after the series was dropped by NBC prior to the launch of its second season. TNT presented an encore of the seven-episode first season beginning in January 2010, followed by a premiere run of the six-episode second season beginning in March 2010.

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