TNT has decided not to pick up the cop drama, starring Benjamin McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy and Regina King, for a sixth season.
"TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew 'Southland' for another season," the network said in a statement. "We are enormously proud of 'Southland,' which stands as one of the best police dramas ever made ... 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.
Hatosy and McKenzie tweeted to "Southland" fans mourning the end of the show:
"Southland" had previously been canceled on NBC shortly before its second season was set to air, but TNT picked up the rights to the show and has been airing the LAPD-centric series ever since.
Fans started to worry about the fate of "Southland" when McKenzie and Hatosy both signed on for second-position pilots (i.e. if "Southland" didn't get renewed for a sixth season, they each had a pilot gig lined up).
King shed some more light on the possibility of "Southland" Season 6 in an interview with TVLine soon thereafter. “Of course we want it to come back,” King said. “But there are just certain things that [make us think], ‘Are we?’ No one’s told us that we weren’t, but there are enough things that haven’t happened [like promotional support] to question, ‘Are we?’” King admitted, "It could go either way."
The Season 5 finale of "Southland" ended with quite the cliffhanger: Is John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) dead? We may never know, but there is good news for "Southland" fans currently mourning the cancellation: TV Guide Magazine's Michael Schneider reported via Twitter that there is still the possibility of "a 2-hour wrap-up #Southland movie."
In addition to "Southland," TNT also canceled the freshman medical drama "Monday Mornings" from David E. Kelley. Sister network TBS picked up two new series: the Bill Lawrence comedy "Ground Floor" and a reality show for Cee Lo Green called "The CeeLo Life "