After five wildly underrated seasons on the air, the gritty cop drama Southland has been canceled by TNT.
The cable network released the news in a statement that read: "TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season. We are enormously proud of Southland, which stands as one of the best police dramas ever made. Executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco, along with creator Ann Biderman and our partners at Warner Bros. Television, have given us five seasons of powerful, unforgettable storytelling, for which we are deeply grateful. We also want to thank the amazing cast for their impassioned, no-holds-barred performances, and the production team for their tenacity shooting on the streets of real-world Los Angeles. We wish everyone associated with Southland the very best."
The show — which started on NBC and moved to TNT — had a stellar cast which included Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Shawn Hatosy, all of whom have upcoming series pilots. The Season 5 finale, which turned out to be the series finale, averaged 1.8 million viewers when it aired in April.
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Two high-profile series are heading to Showtime for premieres sometime in 2013: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, respectively — the real-life pioneers of the study of human sexuality whose research, lives, and relationship will be the focus of the show. It's based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love, by Thomas Maier. Oscar-nominated director John Madden has helmed the pilot episode. British actor Sheen got his start on the small screen before recently transitioning to more film work (with the exception of a 2010 arc on 30 Rock) while Caplan played a major guest role on the first season of Fox's hit show New Girl.
The other 12-episode-pickup recipient, Ray Donovan, is headlined by Liev Schreiber in the titular role as Los Angeles's "trouble shooter," a guy who solves the biggest problems of the city's most prominent residents ... and we're not talking computer problems. The ensemble cast includes Jon Voight, while Southland's Ann Biderman is the brains (and executive producer) behind the show.
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