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Ben McKenzie: 'Southland' Canceled!

Ben McKenzie: 'Southland' Canceled!

Ben McKenzie and castmates Michael Cudlitz and Arija Bareikis shoot new scenes for their police drama Southland in Los Angeles on Wednesday (October 7).

Unfortunately, Southland was just canceled before the launch of its sophomore season (they already filmed six new episodes). THR reports Dateline NBC will run in its place.

You can still check out the new behind-the-scenes video of Southland below!

Ben McKenzie: On the Job Training with LAPD

10+ pictures inside of Ben McKenzie back on the set of Southland

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54 Responses to “Ben McKenzie: 'Southland' Canceled!”

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  1. 1
    ally Says:

    great show and BM is a great actor and so haaawt

  2. 2
    iron chef Says:


  3. 3
    jj thanks Says:

    He is blossoming into a gorgeous man.
    I hope he makes films as well.

  4. 4
    zena Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Why has this show been banished to Friday night? That’s like a death wish for any show. I hope people remember to tune in.

  5. 5
    lexy Says:

    I wonder if Bilson and Barton have contacted him about roles on his show. They need all the help they can get!

  6. 6
    Mrsl Robinson Says:

    Ben is looking so DAMN SEXY! Thanks for the pix.

  7. 7
    #1fan Says:

    show got canceled today Ben is unemployed again :)

  8. 8
    Melody1836 Says:

    can’t wait for the new season
    the first one was amazing !!

  9. 9
    lexy Says:

    Did it really get cancelled. Maybe the 3 of them can try for a reunion like the Saved By the Bell crew!

  10. 10
    Sasha Says:


  11. 11
    karmaisa Says:

    the oc curse haha ben and mischa show canceled and adam’s movie tanking at the box office…and Bilson well she’s just unemployed….always

  12. 12
    Chelsea Says:

    What! i freaking loved that show!

  13. 13
    bubbaness Says:

    What the… DAMMIT. I love this show. :(

    I thought it was smart, well written and completely unlike all these other idiot reality shows and stupid teen dramas that get pumped out ad nauseum.

  14. 14
    thr Says:

    From the Hollywood Reporter

    ‘Southland’ canceled
    ‘Dateline NBC’ will air in drama’s Friday time slot

    It’s the end of the road for drama “Southland,” which has been canceled before the launch of its sophomore season.

    Production on the John Wells-produced cop series is being shut down after six episodes.

    “Southland,” from Warner Bros. TV, was originally slated to debut in its new Friday 9 p.m. time slot during premiere week, but in August, NBC opted to push the start to Oct. 23 and air “Dateline NBC” in the meantime.

    “Dateline NBC” will now continue to run in the Friday 9 p.m. hour.

    It is not clear when the six produced new episodes of “Southland” will air.

    Meanwhile, the cop drama starring Ben McKenzie will be shopped to broadcast and cable networks.

    “I’m disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically-acclaimed series that was for so many years, a hallmark of their success,” Wells said. “We remain extremely proud of ‘Southland’ and are actively looking for another home for the series.”

    “Southland,” created by Ann Biderman, got off to a good start when it premiered in midseason in the Thursday 10 p.m. time period, succeeding NBC’s long-running medical drama, “ER,” also exec produced by Wells.

    Additionally, “Southland” garnered solid reviews, but through its initial run last spring, the series showed ratings erosion.

    Then came the Jay Leno factor, with NBC forced to shift its 10 p.m. dramas to 9 p.m. to make room for “The Jay Leno Show.”

    While “Southland” enjoyed support among NBC brass last season, after screening the finished episodes from the upcoming second season, the show’s content was deemed too dark and gritty for broadcast TV, especially for 9 p.m. Additionally, a high-end drama like “Southland” is certainly far more expensive than newsmagazine “Dateline” for low-trafficked Friday night.

    The cancellation of “Southland” ends (for now) a long relationship between NBC and Wells, who has been behind some of NBC’s biggest series, including “ER” and “The West Wing,” for the past 15 years.

    It hasn’t been a good start for NBC’s scripted dramas this fall, with rookies “Trauma” and “Mercy” struggling along with most of the returning veterans, including “Heroes” and “Law & Order: SVU,” which is still settling into its new Wednesday 9 p.m. slot.

  15. 15
    asdfjkl; Says:

    is there a way to get a petition up??? This is freakin’ unbelievable!

  16. 16
    neil Says:

    It is too bad about the show. It was quality but I wish we could move on from cop shows and doctor shows.

  17. 17
    Anonymous Says:


    It’s not funny karmaisa. Southland was an amazing show… Ben shouldn’t be out of work. He imo was the most talented out of the four followed by Adam.

  18. 18
    Anonymous Says:

    On the plus side, Ben is so friekin’ HOT in those pictures!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 19
    Gabi Says:

    WHAT? this show is awesome!

  20. 20
    Vickie Says:

    At least it is going to be shopped to other networks and cable. Hope someone picks it up.

  21. 21
    mrs. robinson Says:

    NBC just canceled Southland! I can’t believe it. I am done with NBC!

  22. 22
    *** JAMIE *** Says:

    no luck for the OC cast. this will happen to Gossip Girl cast too when they are on their own.

  23. 23
    b Says:

    this is suuuuuuuch bullshit! ugh, damn leno show :(

  24. 24

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  25. 25
    she shall remain nameless Says:

    NOOOOOOOO poor Ben!!!

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