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Ben McKenzie: Jerry's Famous Deli Dude

Ben McKenzie: Jerry's Famous Deli Dude

Ben McKenzie and a few friends dine out at Jerry’s Famous Deli on Saturday (October 10) in West Hollywood, Calif.

On Thursday, NBC canceled the 30-year-old actor’s drama Southland before its season premiere. Ben hasn’t been vocal about the cancellation but his co-star Michael Cudlitz is downright angry.

He tells EW, “I’m pissed. I’ve said it on my Twitter account. I’m pissed off. We had all the pre-season stuff, all the dinners and parties. They told us they loved and believed in the show. They said the [delay] would be good for us. On paper it all made sense so I was willing to believe I was being told the truth… I don’t just walk in one day and go, ‘Eh, I’m not going to act today. I know I told you I was going to act, but I’m not going to do my thing.’ But I guess because they own the ball and the ballpark they get to do that. It’s kind of cheap.”

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  • Nikki

    love ben. i’m mad the show got canceled.

  • rhonda

    thats sucks! i would be stupid pissed too.

  • asdfjkl;

    I feel so bad for the whole crew…NBC sucks Leno’s balls!

  • yestosouthland

    To know more about “Southland” and how you can help it find a new home, go to:

  • luanna

    woow ben is looking fine!
    i miss the oc so much ;((

  • goben

    The guy with Ben in the pictures is is James Immekus, another terrific actor.
    James is also good friends with Logan Marshall Green.

  • NYC

    Why not just put it on the SyFy channel or Bravo? It is orginal content why can it after promising the show the moon?

    God I hate jay leno more and more for taking drama out of 10pm for the next 2 years (minimum per his contract)

  • yestosouthland

    Write Warner Brothers to show your support for

    You can also write to TNT. It is owned by Time Warner, just like WBTV, and John Wells’ ER is being aired there.

  • coco

    Welcome to the unemployment line aka Starbucks!

  • brook

    Here is a comment from someone who has seen the first episode of Season 2:

    “This season’s episodes are very strong…We just screened the first episode on Tuesday and it was absolutely freakin’ awesome”

    Michael Cudlitz’ comments:

    “We have episodes that have never aired that are pretty fantastic. And if it moves somewhere else, it could become the show that it should have been initially — which is even darker and grittier.”

  • Mia

    I’m so upset they cancelled Southland. What the hell?! Seriously. I was all pumped for the second season and then BAM, it’s cancelled. Such BS.

  • marisa

    HOT he needs to do movies, his career would sky rocket and i would def. go c all of them. go ben! : )

  • Mrsl Robinson

    Thanks for the pictures of the always sexy Ben McKenzie. I love Southland and really hope it finds a new home. I’m done with NBC and even though I usually watch Chuck, Heroes and Comminity. No more NBC for me.

  • biff

    NBC is too quick to cancel shows and they never promote them either! They did the same thing to KINGS and that show was amazing!

  • she shall remain nameless

    @ marisa: I totally agree with you!! He’s too good for shows.

  • karmaisa

    Unemployed like all your talentless oc stars, haha Welcome To The LA … B|TCH!

  • Anonymous

    @marisa: Awww… I totally agree! Awww… Ben is so cute in these candid photos! He has such a baby face. =) He looks so young! Like mid 20s… not 31 like he actually is. ;-)

  • gem

    Talentless? Ben got a lot of great reviews for his acting in Southland.
    The show was one of the best reviewed of the year.

  • Alison

    I am really peeved about Southland’s cancellation. Do NBC not know a great show when they see it. Idiots! They are always cancelling good shows whilst they are in their prime.
    Hope another network picks it up. I will miss seeing Ben in this show otherwise.

  • kelly

    I don’t know what NBC are thinking, I really hope a cable channel picks it up.
    Ben looks pretty happy here though.

  • tammy

    Relieved to see the smile on his face. But if he appears on TV interview with beautiful sad face and teary eyes(*sigh* ), he could create interest among non SouthLAnd viewers. Please somebody, save SouthLAnd!!

  • sadie

    Well he looks happy!, with a good support network.
    Cancelling Southland is such a bad idea somebody else needs to take this on.

  • tilou

    Go sign the twitter petition if you want to support southland :

  • Anonymous

    Hey Jared! Ben is 31–not 30! He had a birthday in September. ;)