TV Junkie: Interview with Tom Everett Scott - 'Southland' Starts on TNT Tonight
One of the other mistakes NBC made last year (they made mistakes?) was canceling "Southland" after it received critical acclaim and solid viewership. But since Leno was going to take over the 10pm slot the show had to go after being labelled "too dark" for 9pm airing. Summarily dumped despite being produced by John Wells Productions, the guys that made at least $1 billion for NBC with such minor works as "E.R." and "The West Wing" among others.
An even greater shame was that 6 episodes of an additional season were completed but never aired by NBC. Thankfully TNT bought the rights to the series so we will have a chance to see these unaired episodes. Starting tonight at 10pm on TNT, the pilot of the series will be shown without commercial interruption and with several additional minutes of footage that were cut from the original airing. After giving us the chance to get reacquainted with the series, the unaired episodes will finally hit the screen in March.