TNT cancels ‘Southland’, ‘Monday Mornings’
TNT has axed two of its high-profile series: gritty cop drama Southland, and medical drama Monday Mornings.
The network released a statement about the cancellation of Southland, which comes to an end after five seasons.
“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,” a TNT spokesperson. “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.”
Further details via TV Guide:
After five critically acclaimed, but low-rated seasons, it was long rumored that the show’s fifth season would be its last. Earlier this year, Warner Bros., which produces the series, cast star Benjamin McKenzie in the CBS drama pilot, The Advocates. “I’m honored to be a part of the best cop show on TV (IMHO),” McKenzie tweeted to his fans after the casting announcement. “I hope and pray it returns. Nothing would make me happier. #SouthLAnd forever.”
Southland first premiered on NBC in 2009, but was axed by the network after just one season. TNT then picked up the drama, which also stars Regina King and Michael Cudlitz, among others. The Season 5 finale grabbed just 1.8 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Meanwhile, Monday Mornings star Jennifer Finnigan tweeted about the cancellation of the David E. Kelley medical drama:
“Sadly, @tntweknowdrama has decided to cancel #MondayMornings. Some things just don’t make sense. Thanks to all the fans. So grateful for u!”
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Southland was THE best show on television, followed by The Good Wife in terms of Drama. Sad to see it go.
NOOOOOOO! Southland had the worst ending ever. For me the show was event TV. When I lost my home and moved across country to find work a year ago, one of the things I wondered was would I be able to see the next season of Southland wherever I ended up. Knowing a new season was coming up gave me something to look forward to. I felt like the series treated me like an adult even though this season didn't always feel true to the show, I stuck with it. I'm very disappointed at the unresolved ending. King, Cudlitz and McKenzie kicked ass.