TNT has canceled Southland after five seasons, as expected.
The show was adored by critics but failed to make an impression with viewers, drawing fewer than two million viewers for its entire fifth season. But let’s take a quick trip down memory lane: Southland actually started on NBC, which ordered a second season of the show but then changed its mind, allowing TNT to step in and save it. This is a situation where fans of the show should be happy the show went on as long as it did.
According to TV Guide’s Michael Schneider, there’s early talk about a two-hour Southland wrap-up movie, but it’s VERY EARLY TALK. As for the series finale that aired last month, it sort-of worked as an actual series finale.
In other TNT news, the network also put a pillow over Monday Mornings. The medical drama starring Ving Rhames never got going, and I’m sure half of you out there didn’t even know it existed.
TNT is calling time of death on the David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, the network has confirmed.
“TNT has decided not to renew the medical drama Monday Mornings for a second season. We are extremely grateful to executive producers David E. Kelly, Bill D’Elia and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on whose novel the series was based. They crafted a unique and powerfully moving drama full of memorable situations and characters brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast,” a TNT spokesperson said in a statement. “Unfortunately the show never built its audience enough to warrant its continuation. We wish everyone involved with Monday Mornings the best and hope to work with them again in the future.”
Starring Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames and Jennifer Finnigan, the freshman series premiered in February to 1.3 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic despite following the recently renewed Dallas reboot on Monday nights. Based upon the novel of the same name by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Monday Mornings centered on morbidity and mortality meetings, during which doctors gather to discuss and defend their shortcomings and successes before the Chief of Staff.
TNT also axed acclaimed cop drama Southland on Friday.
Are you sad Monday Mornings isn’t coming back?