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TNT Cancels 'Southland' & 'Monday Morning'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 10, 2013 5:49 PM
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It tucks, I know. I too was a fan of Southland. Great show all around - writing, directing, acting, cinematography, diverse cast, etc.

But I'm not surprised. The drama series has been "on the bubble" at TNT (I mentioned this in a March post). And Regina King, who's one of the series' stars, recently expressed her uncertainty in its renewal for another season.

Dorian Missick, Bokeem Woodbine, Carl Lumbly, and Laz Alonso all have been recurring players in the series over its 5 seasons.

Word on the street is that while the show has been a critical darling for TNT, it just hasn't drawn the numbers they'd prefer, for it to justify its stay,

Secondly, and likely a drama that even fewer of you watched, TNT has also cancelled its medical drama series, Monday Mornings, which came from Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, on whose book the project is based.

Ving Rhames starred in the freshman drama, along with Alfred Molina, in a series set in a fictional Portland, OR hospital called Chelsea General, and followed the lives of doctors as they "pushed the limits of their abilities and confronted their personal and professional failings."

The series uses as a backdrop, the hospital’s Monday Morbidity and Mortality conference, considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine, where doctors gather for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Rhames played Dr. Jorge "El GatoVillanueva, the hospital's trauma chief, described as a "physically imposing former professional football player who now is the most celebrated trauma chief in the country."

The reason for the cancellation? What else? Ratings - averaging around 1.3 million viewers.

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  • Mormick | June 19, 2013 11:33 PMReply

    I am disappointed that the medical community may have had something to do with the canceling of Monday Mornings. They don't want to show this side of doctors and hospitals. The show was too realistic for them. I thought it was a great medical show - very unique with a great cast. Other medical shows only showed doctors performing miracles.

  • Nadell | May 18, 2013 7:29 PMReply

    I cannot believe they are cancelling Southland....that's just wrong.

  • Screen Nation | May 16, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    Ditto to all y'all comments, its a real shame. Loving Southland on late night UK TV and especially Regina King and feeling good as it gets earlier and earlier in the schedule. Will savour it more now that its gone :(

  • Africameleon | May 12, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    No, really, I'm sick over this! I agree with @ALM, HBO should pick it up or Netflix like @AST suggested.

  • Currvalicious | May 11, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    No not Southland! Only one of the best shows on the tele. The cast was sceptical about returning, however I hope that another network picks it up. the cast is amazing.

  • ALM | May 10, 2013 11:30 PMReply

    Sometimes these networks need to learn how to keep a show on, even if the ratings aren't great. I understand that it's about money, but you need one or two great shows on a network to balance out the rest of the crap. "Southland" is a high quality show. Maybe HBO will pick it up.

  • T | May 10, 2013 7:32 PMReply

    Loved that show -- how do you save a show these days??

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 10, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    My cop procedural fix after "The Wire." Damn... and things were just getting really good. Rest in peace (or live again on Netflix?).

  • Stephanie | May 10, 2013 10:10 PM

    That would be amazing if netflix picked up Southland....somebody pick it up! They can't leave us with an ending like that.

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