Okay, I don’t watch Southland but people who are not me really love this show, so I am happy to report that TNT has picked up the former NBC show.
What has TNT accomplished in this smart move? Well, not only do they get Southland (with a built-in fanbase) but there are other perks. Grateful fans will see TNT as a haven – their savior – when the big “bully” networks turn them down after hardly giving them a chance. TNT is like the cool Aunt that swoops in and helps you buy makeup when your single Dad tells you to smear jelly on your face if you need blushing cheeks so badly (note: no, this never happened to me).
TNT has obtained exclusive rights to air all six episodes that have been shot for the second season, as well as the seven episodes from the series’ first season. SOUTHLAND will air on TNT Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning with the first episode of the series on Jan. 12.
TNT earns a lot of respect by picking up this show, they’re willing to see the potential in a show that’s doing decently instead of just letting a bigger network cut it. When the big networks cut shows they don’t know they can do better, they don’t care if it’s “okay” – they’d just rather try to find something to make them more money. Usually this means a string of even worse shows. Really, a lot of good shows disappear because of this greed and impatience.
“This is a great win for fans of SOUTHLAND and a perfect opportunity to introduce the series to new viewers,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “It’s also another outstanding example of how TNT has established itself as the go-to place for the best dramas on television.”
I can almost hear the (well-earned) smug smiles. Well-played, TNT.
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