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Ben McKenzie: Southland's "Very Grateful" For TNT

Ben McKenzie: Southland's

Ben McKenzie called in to Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show on Monday to talk about Southland‘s revival on TNT!

Here’s what he had to say about TNT, how he found out Southland was canceled and his Halloween costume…

On learning of Southland‘s cancellation: “We were ‘sposed to premiere on NBC October 23 – we were on set shooting, I was making plans to go to New York with my publicist and the producers came to the set and said ‘We’re canceled!’

On being thankful for a second shot: “TNT’s a great network and we’re excited about it…..It’s very rare that a network show gets to have a second airing – we’re very grateful for that.”

On his Halloween costume: “I went as Jay Leno! He kind of canceled our show, so I thought…[I wore] The Jay Leno mask, jeans shirt and jeans that Jay Leno wears when he’s not in the suit.”

Southland will begin airing on TNT January 12 (Tuesday) at 10/9c!

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  • em

    Thanks Jared.
    Here’s another great interview with Ben.

    The Season 1 Uncensored DVD is going to be released January 26

  • Jen

    You know what Ben you need to stop being so ****ing sexy!

  • Lani

    He’s already physically adorable, but his attitude makes him THAT much more sexy. <3

  • asdfjkl;

    my boyfriend!

  • Tabitha

    Luvs the Southland. NBC sucks. Thanks TNTN

  • benfan

    I finished reading the other interview. He is hilarious and oh so humble. He would be great in a romcom or an action movie.

  • Beverly

    jay leno can cancel shows???? what????

  • lexy

    It’s good to see him back on his feet! Kudos to the men of The OC. They are moving on to real jobs!

  • Khristi

    What a handsome guy. I still watch the O.C. on Soapnet just because of him and Adam Brody.

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  • manette

    Memo to Hollywood directors: hire this hot talented man for the bigscreen.

  • Ana

    I love this guy. He has a really awesome attitude.
    Thanks for the interview links, em.

  • Mary

    I am so excited Southland is returning and Ben is such an underrated actor, hope he gets the recognition he deserves.

  • sadie

    That’s hilarious about Leno, I really don’t know what NBC is thinking.
    Ben is always so gracious and positive, I really like him.

  • louisa

    The Leno comment refers to NBC’s decision to have Leno on every night at 10EST. Because of this a lot of shows dropped in ratings and with 5 less hours of programming, there isn’t enough time for dramas.

  • Jewels Jessica

    Great show, glad they got picked up! Can’t wait for the new season.

  • mrs. robinson

    Smart, handsome and talented. Ben has it all I just he still has a job and TNT puts Southland back into production.

  • ashley

    love ben!
    i’m really happy for the southland cast! i hope everything goes well on TNT. i will definitely be tuning in to watch the old eps and the newer ones. im keeping my fingers crossed that theyll get good ratings and TNT will renew them!

  • Erin Everyday

    Is Rachel B looking for a job, she can do a cameo.