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Southland Cancelled, Crimezine conducts an autotopsy

Southland—187 ’d

After five crimetastic seasons, Southland, “One of the best police dramas ever made”, according to TNT channel, has been cancelled. You got to give ’em credit at TNT—despite this faint praise—they did after all rescue the show from network nincompoops NBC. But, despite the injection of star turn appeal in the shape of Lucy Liu, and some of the best script writing ever seen on television period—Southland will not return.

Cynics might argue that a show as hard hitting as Southland was doomed from the start—the shows sense of darkness was always too tangible for the televisual mainstream. But it was that sense of darkness, along with the shows willingness to deal with issues of race, sexuality, transgression and redemption, that made Southland so very special in the first place.

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to sell bovine snack foods against such a real and iconoclastic show, and that in the end is what killed it dead.

Sure, Southland had its fair share of heartthrobs and hotties, but it was never going to be as curvaceous and square-jawed as the NCIS primetime pack. Crimezine predicts however that the very many talented folk involved with Southland will go on to bigger and better things—watch this space.

So what now? Crimeziners who are jonesing for a Southland fix would be well advised to investigate the work of former LAPD detective sergeant Joseph Wambaugh. For the square eyed amongst you, the aforementioned NBC are touting Chicago PD their new cop show for the 2013-2014 season —from the same team behind Chicago Fire. Just goes to prove Crimezines long-held belief that cop shows are like the Chinese Communist army—you think you have seen the last of them off—then a whole new battalion comes marching over the hill.

TNT contacted Crimezine with this message

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. 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.


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Southland: Knock! Knock!

In the raging flood gorged torrent that is American TV it can be hard for viewers to negotiate the deluge of shows cascading into our homes. Crimeshows clog the swamped scheduling, like  driftwood. And many of these shows are frankly not  that good.

Crimezine favorite Southland is an exception. The cast and crew of Southland have been in Los Angeles in recent weeks, shooting season four of the cult crime show, that is shaping up to be one of the best Police procedurals to hit television period. But things are getting even better on Southland this season and here’s why, high kicking hottie Lucy Liu is joining the cast. Awesome!

Crimeziners may have heard how cable channel TNT picked up Southland after doltish programmers at NBC fumbled the scheduling ball, figuring it would be hard to sell bovine snack food against a “raw and authentic” piece of cult programing like Southland. Duh!

Crimezine guesses there will have been much boardroom pant kicking after Southland’s

subsequent success. And quite right too. Nacho Cheese Dorito anyone?

The shows cast is amazing. The stories intelligent and innovative. Southland has upped the game of the police procedural, in a similar way that other edgy crime shows such as The Wire, and  The Shield  upped expectations of  TV crime.

The Emmy award winning production team from Warner Bros. Television responsible for Southland include creator Ann Biderman (NYPD BluePublic Enemies), Producer John Wells (ERThe West Wing) and executive-producer Christopher Chulack (ERThird Watch)

The new season  of Southland will see Lucy Liu teaming up with officer John Bad back Cooper, expect antler locking and personal drama galore. Crimezine can’t wait!