‘Southland’ Gets Gunned Down by NBC

Dial 911.

“Southland,” NBC’s cop drama, was cancelled today. Its second season was supposed to air on Fridays at 9 p.m., with its debut scheduled for Oct. 23.

The ensemble cast of NBC's late show, "Southland," including Benjamin McKenzie (top left) and Regina King (bottom right). Photo courtesy of the Mahalo website.
The ensemble cast of NBC's late show, "Southland," including Benjamin McKenzie (top left) and Regina King (bottom right). Photo courtesy of the Mahalo website.

Six episodes of the latest season had already been filmed when the network decided to pull the plug. Despite the critical acclaim, “Southland” showed a decline in ratings during its first season.

It’s a shame since “Southland” could have been the second coming of “NYPD Blue.” The show boasted of “ER” and “West Wing” producer, John Wells as well as solid storylines and actors in the form of Benjamin McKenzie (“The O.C.”) and Regina King (“Ray”), who was an Emmy favorite among Hollywood insiders.

If viewers can hold on a little longer, the people behind “Southland” may be looking for another network to air the show. Perhaps Direct TV would like to step up, as it did with another troubled show, “Friday Night Lights”?

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