TNT’s Gritty L.A. Cop Drama ‘Southland’ Gets Fifth Season
Two and a half years ago, NBC cancelled ‘Southland.’ Now thanks to TNT, the critically-lauded rough-and-tumble cop drama is set for a fifth season. The network’s head of programming, Michael Wright has announced a ten-episode fifth season to commence in February of next year.
The moralistic tale of life on the beat in downtown Los Angeles has developed a healthy fanbase over the past four seasons, thanks in part to ‘Southland’s’ strong character-driven storytelling. And according to Wright, the show’s following is continuing to grow, an unusual accomplishment for a show heading into later innings.
“The show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way,” revealed Wright.
Last season saw ‘Southland’ vet, Michael Cudlitz’ character, embattled Officer Cooper’s ethics tested in the case of the accidental shooting of a teenager by Officer Tang, played by newcomer Lucy Liu in a season-long stint. ‘Stargate Universe’s’ Lou Diamond Philips also joined the season four cast.
Who will ‘Southland’ producers recruit to the force next? Thanks to TNT, fans will get another season to find out.