TNT cancels 'Southland,' 'Monday Mornings'




After an admirable five-season run, TNT has decided not to renew the cult police drama 'Southland;' after a mere single season, the impressively-cast David E. Kelley project 'Monday Mornings' has been dropped by TNT, as well.

'Southland' had its first season on NBC where it middled in the ratings but proved intriguing enough to attract viewers and other network's attentions. From there it moved to TNT where it spent four successful seasons, receiving critical acclaim every step of the way. 'Southland' takes a raw look at Los Angeles as it is in the 2000s and as well at the lives of the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department who are trying to contain it. Created by Ann Biderman, writer on 'NYPD Blue,' 'Southland' assembled a cast of proven character actors and supplemented them with gritty, realistic stories. Although the series won't see a sixth season, everyone involved in 'Southland' can hold their heads high and pat each other on the back for a job well done.

In the same press release where TNT executives announced the decision to cancel 'Southland,' they were very clear to declare the series "one of the best police dramas ever made." You would be hard-pressed to argue against that claim. The cancellation did not come as much of a shock: with the end near, three of the show’s four main actors — Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Shawn Hatosy — booked pilots this season.

Monday Mornings

On the other side of the TNT spectrum is 'Monday Mornings,' a surgeon drama from writing juggernaut David E. Kelley. The man who brought you 'Ally McBeal,' 'The Practice,' 'Boston Legal' and other hits has had his second misfire with 'Monday Mornings,' as TNT has opted to drop it after a single season. The fact that the show never attracted an audience is curious--Kelley's involvement alone is usually sufficient to generate buzz around any project. Further, 'Monday Mornings' starred feature film stars Ving Rhames ('Pulp Fiction,' 'Dawn of the Dead') and Alfred Molina ('Frida,' 'Spider-Man 2'). The series was based on a novel by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.



- Southland
- Monday Mornings
- David E. Kelley

Written by: bad_subject
May 12th, 2013, 8:01 am

Images courtesy of TNT


Message Posted On Nov 9th, 2013, 8:25 pm
Sad to see Monday Mornings gone. Excellent show. Needed different time slot, it was as good as ER! Give it another chance.

Message Posted On Sep 10th, 2013, 11:35 pm
The show was a great one, I really wish someone would pick it up and air it in a different time slot and advertise it. I always look forward to watching it, so sad it's gone. Please bring it back. Ving Rhames and the entire cast was great together, why the good shows got to go. Please somebody do something......Thanks
Claire of Las Vegas

Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 11:09 am
No audience are you kidding mr loved the show finally something great with great characters bring it back please!!!!!

Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 1:44 pm
I loved the show, Monday mornings was fresh with real characters, I hope that somonme will have the sense to bring it back

Message Posted On May 15th, 2013, 12:31 pm
Monday Mornings was a great show. It got no advertisement and had a horrible time slot. I think it should be brought back given a better time slot and let people know it is on. I heard about it watching CNN and the Sanja Gupta show...Most people I know never heard of the show. Shame on TNT!

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Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 1:38 pm

Monday Mornings would have survived if it was on during a different time of year, and was adverstised on networks other than TNT. It had decent advertising, but they only ran on TNT. You simply can't do that in todays 'switch the channel' tv generation.


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Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 1:36 pm

Sad to see Monday Mornings go - it was an excellent series that few watched. Jamie Bamber, Ving Rhames, and Alfred Molina were simply amazing in this. Atleast it had a great first season, with an end, that wasn't a cliffhanger. An excellent stand alone 1 season DVD.


Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 11:45 am
Southland just more and more like The Shield the main characters breaking off in season5 finale just like they did in The Shield

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Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 10:16 am

well thats no good was so ecited to see another season of southland 

i really hope somebody else picks up the series as there is still so much they could do with the series, even with the loss of the main charaters.



Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 8:21 am
Sad to see it go but at least the Season 5 finale is fitting for a series finale.
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