It's Official: TNT Renews Southland, Orders New Eric McCormack Crime Drama
Not 24 hours after TVLine reported on the strong possibility of renewal, TNT officially announced that Southland will be back for a 10-episode Season 4.
The cabler also announced that Perception, a new drama starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), has been ordered to series.
“Southland has been acknowledged by many critics as one of the sharpest, most entertaining and most authentic dramas on television today,” says Michael Wright, EVP/head of programming for TNT. “John Wells, Chris Chulack and their teams created a brilliant roller coaster ride this season, with countless riveting scenes and unforgettable character arcs. We are extremely proud to have Southland on TNT and to bring it back for a fourth season.”
Originally developed for NBC, Southland was cut loose by the Peacock midway through its freshman season. Not long thereafter, TNT gave the cop drama new life.
Perception, created by Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman, stars McCormack as Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook and expertise to help the federal government crack difficult cases. Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) co-stars as Kate Rossi, an FBI agent and former student of Pierce’s, while Ajray Smith (Day After Tomorrow) plays Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant, and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) is Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s BFF.
McCormack previously starred alongside Tom Cavanagh on TNT’s short-lived Trust Me.