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Southland? TNT? Announce the engagement already!

In television on 10/18/2009 at 2:27 pm

Since so many of you are so passionate about Southland, you might already know that rumours are still flying hot and heavy than TNT, the U.S. only cable company that produces The Closer, HawthoRNe and Saving Grace, will pick up the gritty cop drama that was cancelled by NBC in early October ahead of its Oct. 23 debut (leaving six episodes in the can, as we say in the biz).
What that means for Canadian TV watchers is unclear. Based on the availability of TNT’s current hits, could go either way: TNT’s acclaimed Kyra Sedgwick cop drama The Closer is still not widely available on Canadian cable (I think early episodes were on late a night somewhere but not even that now), but Saving Grace is currently airing Season 3 on Showcase. TNT itself is not carried by any Canadian cable or satellite company that I can find. Will CTV continue to carry it in Canada? I’m waiting to hear back, but suspect there will be no news unless TNT or some other saviour picks it up.
But when it does return — and it must, mustn’t it? — I will be especially looking forward to a new actor on the team, Clifton Collins Jr. (who’ll play Regina King’s new partner, replacing Prison Break’s Amaury Nolasco, who shot three episodes for Season 2 and then parted ways with the show). You can read an interview with Collins here, which includes his calm assurance (he’s not shaving the moustache he grew for the role) that a show as good and as well-backed (creator/exec is ER’s John Wells) will live on.
You might recognize the face. He’s done terrific work in Capote and Sunshine Cleaning and will be in the upcoming sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.
Fingers crossed.
— Denise Duguay

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