'Southland' Gets the Ax Before Season Premiere

You know things are bad when a show is canceled before the season premiere.

Unfortunately, that’s the outcome for the NBC cops drama Southland, which was yanked before its scheduled season debut on Oct. 23.

Six episodes were shot and NBC executives felt they were too dark and gritty as a lead in to The Jay Leno Show at 10 p.m. Currently in the timeslot is Dateline, which doesn’t exactly scream warm and fuzzy.

We all knew the addition of Jay Leno at the 10 p.m. timeslot would shake up the television industry, but who would imagine it would get shows canceled before hitting the air.

Fans of the show, which starred Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) and Regina King, shouldn't give up all hope. Warner Brothers is shopping the show around to other networks.

"I'm disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically acclaimed series that was for so many years a hallmark of their success," said executive producer John Wells. "We remain extremely proud of Southland and are actively looking for another home for the series."

Southland was a replacement when ER went off the air last spring.

The network could have delayed their premiere date and saved the show for a midseason replacement in case one of their new drams (Trauma, Mercy) got the ax.

We're hoping the show will find a new home in the near future.

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