Will Southland's Third Season Finale Be Its Last? Series Star Wagers $100 On Renewal

Southland‘s third season finale airs Tuesday on TNT (10/9c), and fans are already wondering: Is this it for the little show that could? Or, as at least one trade suggests, is Season 4 a possibility?

No one knows for sure, but stars Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz are weighing in on the future they see for Southland.

Tuesday’s finale, “Graduation Day,” finds each character in his or her own predicament. Ben (McKenzie) is in a particularly tough spot on his final day as a rookie, struggling to deal with his longtime partner John’s (Cudlitz) ever-growing drug addiction. And while the episode is billed as merely a season-ender, it’s not impossible to see how it wraps things up for some of the characters — should this be it for Southland.

“This season really completes the journey for my character, literally and metaphorically, being a rookie,” McKenzie shares. “He’s finally done with his probationary period. He’s grown up and become a confident officer in his own right. He’s also had to face down his returning officer and tell him some hard truths. He’s ready to go out into the world, and the gloves are off for Ben Sherman.”

And should TNT renew Southland (fingers crossed), there’s still plenty to see. “The world is wide open, and Ben can go in any number of directions,” says McKenzie. “It is very exciting for both me and for the producers and writers.”

Adds Cudlitz, “The great thing for every great character in the show, and for the future of the characters, is that everything is moving forward, everybody is moving forward.”

Luckily, that’s all neither here nor there because both Cudlitz and McKenzie are more than confident that Southland will see a Season 4.

“We have produced the television series that we set out to produce, and TNT has given us the opportunity to do that unflinchingly,” says the outspoken Cudlitz. “We’re very proud of the 10 hours we have done, as well as the 13 previous hours that we produced. But more specifically the past 10 hours — and we will not be discussing not being picked up anymore.

“I think the show is getting picked up,” he reiterates with a laugh. “It’s a matter of how many [episodes].”

“If it’s 3-to-1, I’ll still put money on it,” McKenzie chimes in. “You pick the odds and I’ll bet you 100 bucks, how about that?”

Whatever Southland‘s future holds, you don’t want to miss Tuesday’s powerful finale at 10/9c on TNT.

Are you hoping the groundbreaking hit gets the fourth season it so deserves? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (74)

  • Greatest show that I have ever seen! And I agree that we need more than 10 episode seasons. Please renew it! Great actors. Shawn Hatosy and Michael Cudlitz are great as Sammy and John, and all the others are amazing as well. If it doesn’t get renewed I might just start a riot.

    Comment by Brian – March 12, 2011 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Best Drama on Television today……I LOVE IT!

    Comment by T. Thompson – March 15, 2011 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show, I look forward to Tuesday nights because of it. Great characters, some you relate to and others you just want to tell them to get their stuff together. I really, really hope this comes back for a 4th, 5th, etc season.

    Comment by Sharon – March 18, 2011 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show and the characters are great hope to see another season.

    Comment by jonathan nass – March 18, 2011 11:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Southland-one of the best cops shows there are. They hit the nail on the head with the rawness of lifes awful moments and the surprise gasp out loud secrets revealed of the cast. The one who is revealed as gay? (don’t want to spoil it for someone else) WOW, who woulda thunk it? The show must go on!!!!

    Comment by Karen Wilson – March 20, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great show! Would love to see it return.

    Comment by bob – March 22, 2011 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The absolute best cop show on television. You are with the characters every minute. There definitely needs to be more!!!! Season 4 for sure.

    Comment by Rita – April 2, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great show! Very realistic. It has an edge to it that not many shows have. I definetly hope it goes on for many more seasons.
    My brother is a paramedic and he says he can really relate to it.

    Comment by Tim – April 13, 2011 01:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Best Cop show on TV. I like Bluebloods on CBS but nothing touches Southland. Please, bring it back for several more seasons. Great Show!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Roger – April 25, 2011 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please bring southland back, its one of the best shows out these days!!!

    Comment by kateana – May 14, 2011 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • plz plz plz plz put another season of southland it tha best cop shw ever i think its way bttr thn blue bloods so put another one up thnx

    Comment by stvn – June 30, 2011 01:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As usual we will probably lose another good show. This is how t.v. works. Heaven forbid they keep a show on that is interesting and has some good acting.Look at Mad Men. It hasn’t been on in so long don’t know if i’am interested anymore.

    Comment by karen – August 18, 2011 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When will we see Southland again? Great show, good stories with strong acting.

    Comment by wondering – September 9, 2011 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I work in lawenforcement and this is closes to the real thing I have seen keep up the good work.

    Comment by bartman82 – December 8, 2011 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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