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    Southland CANCELLED before it even Premieres!

    NBC has cancelled Southland, before the show even returned for it's second season. Southland was set to air on /A\.


    From the Hollywood Repoter:

    It's the end of the road for drama "Southland," which has been canceled before the launch of its sophomore season.

    Production on the John Wells-produced cop series is being shut down after six episodes.

    "Southland," from Warner Bros. TV, was originally slated to debut in its new Friday 9 p.m. time slot during premiere week, but in August, NBC opted to push the start to Oct. 23 and air "Dateline NBC" in the meantime.

    "Dateline NBC" will now continue to run in the Friday 9 p.m. hour.

    It is not clear when the six produced new episodes of "Southland" will air.

    Meanwhile, the cop drama starring Ben McKenzie will be shopped to broadcast and cable 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," Wells said. "We remain extremely proud of 'Southland' and are actively looking for another home for the series."

    "Southland," created by Ann Biderman, got off to a good start when it premiered in midseason in the Thursday 10 p.m. time period, succeeding NBC's long-running medical drama, "ER," also exec produced by Wells.

    Additionally, "Southland" garnered solid reviews, but through its initial run last spring, the series showed ratings erosion.

    Then came the Jay Leno factor, with NBC forced to shift its 10 p.m. dramas to 9 p.m. to make room for "The Jay Leno Show."

    While "Southland" enjoyed support among NBC brass last season, after screening the finished episodes from the upcoming second season, the show's content was deemed too dark and gritty for broadcast TV, especially for 9 p.m. Additionally, a high-end drama like "Southland" is certainly far more expensive than newsmagazine "Dateline" for low-trafficked Friday night.
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    I don't know what's going on with NBC but obviously it's not good. Their decision to put Leno at 10 PM has turned out to be a really poor one, and I do honestly wonder what their next move is going to be. I can't think of one NBC show that is still popular enough to anchor the network. The Office maybe? They're definitely not going to cancel that one.

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    I agree, the network is pretty much dead, it's a shame because 10 years ago they were America's #1 Network.
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    NBC was considered to be "dead" in the 70s but they came back. CBS was considered to be "dead" in the early 2000s but the came back. Don't rule NBC out just yet, although The CW is pretty much dead.

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    Well you gotta remember that in the 70s and early 2000s the Internet wasn't as much of a competitor.

    And I disagree that The CW is pretty much dead, they've got more gems going for them than NBC — The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Supernatural and Smallville are doing decent. They're also in the process of making a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy so that will probably do great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVViewer View Post
    NBC has cancelled Southland, before the show even returned for it's second season. Southland was set to air on /A\.
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    Southland was to premiere on CTV. Medium was then going to be pushed over to /A\. I guess now CTV will just keep Medium on that network and continue with the Top Model encores on /A\

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    Where did you read that they are working on a Grey's Anatomy spin-off? Because considering that Grey's Anatomy is an ABC show (produced by ABC as well) it doesn't make sense that they would allow a spin-off to go another network.

    I would call The CW dead as well, none of their shows (save Vampire Diaries) are doing well in the ratings. they only schedule 8 hours of new programming a week, some cable networks have more (cable networks are already beating them in the ratings)
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    I guess it's not going to be an official spin-off, just a show inspired by Grey's Anatomy

    http://eonline.com/uberblog/marc_mal...lity_show.html

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    Haha wow, NBC was insanely desperate to hold The Office viewers into The Leno Show tonight. They actually just showed the credits (quickly for like 2 seconds) BEFORE The Office ended, then they went back to The Office for a few seconds and then segued immediately to the Leno Show. Probably didn't help much, people probably switched the channel as soon as they saw Leno's face.

 

 

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