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 Star Wagers $100 On Renewal

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.

Comments (21)

  • Yes! Yes! YES! Best news all day! Hooray for more Southland! :D

    Comment by DL – March 22, 2011 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best news:))

    Comment by KjoA – March 22, 2011 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TNT knows what they’re doing! Terrific news!

    Comment by SaraK – March 22, 2011 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Eric, I hope he succeeds. Good news for Southland fans :)

    Comment by John Berggren – March 22, 2011 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That show was called Trust Me (not Truth In Advertising).

    Comment by AJ – March 22, 2011 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So glad I’m not the only one that knew that…at least there was one other person watching it with me!

      Comment by dq18 – March 22, 2011 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Eric McCormick, but every time he talks, I just think about how annoying Will was towards the end of Will & Grace.

    Comment by Sam – March 22, 2011 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To be fair ALL the characters became really annoying towards the last couple seasons of Will and Grace. A show hasn’t fallen from grace as badly, or had such a horrible finale, since Rosanne.

      Comment by Midori – March 22, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Will & Grace” was ruined when they married off Grace. Even if Leo was hardly ever around, and even though they separated soon after the wedding, he was always in the way. The show became much less about Will and Grace (and Jack and Karen), and more about Grace’s tedious marital problems and Will trying to help her through those – and in the end, it just wasn’t funny anymore.
      “Will & Grace” BL (Before Leo) was brilliant and one of my favourite shows, “Will & Grace” AL went down to a point where I could barely bring myself to watch, and I absolutely HATED the finale.

      Comment by RvE – March 22, 2011 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not a fan of Eric. Will was so whiny, I thought it was Eric’s acting that was annoying, but maybe it was just Will I didn’t like. But I didn’t like Eric in Old Christine, either. Oh well. Agreed about Will & Grace and Roseanne badly deteriorating. Two and a Half Men was very funny until the boring fiance was introduced, then wow what a nosedive that show took. Never a good idea to change the entire premise of a well loved show. Love Southland. Love Kelly Rowan, it’s time she returned to tv.

        Comment by april-ann – March 22, 2011 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Eric McCormick was in the Lonesome Dove Series way before he was in that Will & Grace show and he was great. I’m a fan of his, but I never watched W & G because it didn’t appeal to me at all.

      Comment by Al Gore – May 24, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! Sounds like it’s a good day for former OC stars!

    Comment by Kristin – March 22, 2011 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good to see Kelly Rowan will be back on our screens. She was easily one of the highlights of The OC and im surprised it’s taken this long!

    Great news about Southland too!

    Comment by Patrick – March 22, 2011 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WTF? Truth in advertising??? The name of the show was TRUST ME!

    Comment by IC – March 22, 2011 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yea, southland is renewed :)

    Comment by dawn – March 22, 2011 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The original title was Truth in Advertising. So everyone just back off.

    Comment by Jordan – March 22, 2011 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thanks for that; I did a quick Google, the original title came up first. I’m a horrible person for not remembering the title of a show that was on for about 15 minutes ;)

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – March 22, 2011 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy to have Southland coming back. Thank you TNT for continuing this amazing series.

    Comment by Addy – March 22, 2011 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to see Southland renewed, but would have liked to see a few more episodes.

    Comment by keith – March 22, 2011 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SouthLand should ave 15 episodes.

    Comment by Anthony – April 19, 2012 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Southland and I’m very happy it’s coming back, but it should be longer than 10 episodes. 10 weeks is just too short. Lucy Lu is going to be on a new show this fall, so will she be coming back? I thought she was good and I liked her character.

    Comment by Al Gore – May 24, 2012 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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