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.
TV’s erstwhile Aquaman, Alan Ritchson, is heading to Hawaii Five-0 — where it appears he’ll stay on dry land.
Per Zap2It, the Smallville and Blue Mountain State alum will guest-star on the CBS procedural as a Navy SEAL who was McGarrett’s best buddy in the military. He’ll thus appear in some illuminating flashbacks to training and battle sequences.
Ritchson’s credits also include TV’s 90210 and CSI: Miami, and the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
* Onetime NBA superstar and Southland superfan Shaquille O’Neal has scored a guest spot on TNT’s cop drama as a police officer who knows Cooper (played by Michael Cudlitz) from the academy, Access Hollywood reports.
* Mikaela Hoover, who has played one of Charlie’s Sheen’s Anger Management conquests, next will hang with Charlie Harper’s replacement, Walden (played by Ashton Kutcher), on Two and a Half Men. Hoover’s credits also include appearances on Happy Endings, as Dave’s too-young rebound girl.
* Aussie actor Tom Green (Home & Away, of course) has landed the male lead in NBC’s Meatballs-like summer series Camp, Deadline reports. He will play Kip, a loner who likes indie rock and documentary films and hates people