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Ben McKenzie: 'Southland' Canceled After Five Seasons

Ben McKenzie: 'Southland' Canceled After Five Seasons

Sad news for all Ben McKenzie fans – his fan favorite drama Southland has been canceled by TNT after five seasons on the air.

After a critically acclaimed first season on NBC, the show was canceled, but then saved by the folks at TNT, where it lasted for another four years.

“TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season,” the network said in a statement. “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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10 Comments

# 1

Excellent show. Critics loved it. But it never hit the spot with the ratings. I am not from the US, so normally watched the episodes via the internet, until each season was shown on one of our TV stations.

From the response on twitter the US fans are rather frustrated and angry. I understand completely.

# 2

Southland was one of the best shows ever, sad to see it go. TNT deserve credit for keeping Southland on these last 4 seasons.

Good luck to the amazing cast and crew.

# 3

This is an excellent show with great writing and acting. I don’t live in the US either so always have to suffer when lack of ratings shuts down great productions.
Why can’t you stop watching the Kardashian garbage instead?

# 4

I thought it had potential when it was on NBC. Ben’s character was very compelling, until the writers did a major assassination the last 2 mini-seasons. I’m disappointed for what never was addressed and explored and all of the moving, powerful scenes Ben never had the opportunity to do or the issues to explore. They were never going to happen, so it would have been more of the same.

The door closes and let’s see the next one open, starting with his new series, The Advocates. Let’s get the word on that.

Excellent work by Ben, so let’s hope he has the chance to be on CBS this fall.

# 5

Ben always bring an amazing A game, but I don’t think SL was doing him any favors with material in much too long. Somewhere early in the 3rd season things went awry. I’m almost more sorry that he got me so invested from “go” and there was so much potential, so many possibilities and now so many unaddressed areas and unanswered questions from the beginning. I thought his last 2 years were basically wasted, which is all the more upsetting since I think the writing was on the wall and there were never any guarantees for renewal each year. Why not actually examine what’s most important and obvious and prioritize for his character then? The best stuff would also have made for the best TV and Ben would have nailed the emotional scenes that woulda, coulda shoulda been, especially the family ones and anything involving the traumatic and unique background. Somehow, that memo got lost.

Onward and upward. Let’s hope the green light comes for The Advocates ASAP and Ben gets the opportunity to do everything and more than on SL. He created a really compelling character and kept me watching even after becoming the victim of a nasty hatchet job. He’s a terrific actor who knows the power of less is more and is an expert at non-verbal expression. More importantly, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and knows what matters. Thanks, Ben, for the SL ride despite all of the pitfalls, and hello to The Adovcates.

# 6

I think it got harder to watch Southland by about mid season 3 even though I’m a huge fan of Ben’s and he always draws me in even if the plot is contrived and far-fetched and just completely unbelievable. I kept waiting to see Ben do the scenes I’d been wanting to see all along, the ones integral to his character and story. The longer that didn’t happen and the more trivial things that got the focus, the more disappointing. I’ll definitely miss how Ben won me over, and I’m the ultimate cop show skeptic, and I’ll miss not having the holes ever filled. I just hope that I won’t have to miss seeing Ben on TV regularly and that this ending paves the way for the beginning of The Advocates. Then he’d have a new role with more episodes and screen time. Fingers crossed.

# 7

Sad to see Southland gone but very grateful to TNT for picking it up when they did.
It proved what a great actor Ben is, not once did I see any Ryan Atwood in Ben Sherman. I echo the other comments and really hope that The Advocates gets picked up so we continue to see this talented actor in action.

# 8

Sad to see it canceled…? I think it was over for me when Ann Biderman left early in year 3. They sort of threw Ben under the bus then although I’d watch him in anything regardless. He never fails to reel me in and get me mesmerized. I wish him every success and I’m watching this space for news about his new show getting the go ahead. That would be the best possible outcome. I will most definitely miss seeing Ben if the new show doesn’t go to series.

Thanks to Ben for an awesome job no matter the circumstances. He’s a very underrated, tremendous actor who brings characters to life in the most natural, low-key, subtle ways, but more importantly, a true professional with priorities firmly in tact. I respect him for his work in his chosen field and all that he brings to each and every performance, but even more for all that he does to give back and make a difference.

# 9
Shon Encinas @ 05/11/2013 at 11:29 pm

Southland is the best show on TV. Don’t cancel it, please.

I think it was a great show, but the writing became pretty bad towards the end for Ben’s and Sammy’s characters. Only Cooper was written well, and he was my least favorite character. Sherman was completely ruined in S5 … after S4 I thought maybe he would be redeemed or given some decent material, but that never happened. Ben McKenzie did a great job though, and I have faith that the rest of his career is going to be just fine. He seems well respected in the acting industry now, and he is very likable and talented. He can do comedy or he can do serious drama. He was great on Men at Work, and hopefully The Advocates will get picked up.

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