TNT announced on Monday that it has picked up the former NBC drama series Southland.
The cop show, starring The O.C.’s Benjamin McKenzie, was dropped by NBC in October, just before its second season was set to premiere (ostensibly a casualty of The Jay Leno Show, which airs every weeknight and thus creates a primetime-timeslot shortage).
But TNT came to Southland’s rescue, closing a deal to acquire the critically acclaimed show.
Southland’s entire series to date -- including season 2’s six unaired episodes -- will premiere on TNT Jan. 12.
"This is a great win for fans of Southland and a perfect opportunity to introduce the series to new viewers," said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "It’s also another outstanding example of how TNT has established itself as the go-to place for the best dramas on television."
In his quest to conquer every single entertainment medium, Tyler Perry is set to bring a sitcom based on his movie Meet the Browns to TV.
Perry is already the chief creative force behind TBS’ Tyler Perry's House of Payne, cable TV’s highest-rated original sitcom of all time. He serves as the hugely popular series' director and executive producer, as well as occasionally writing and appearing in episodes.
The actor/screenwriter/director/producer/playwright/author will contribute in the same capacity for the same network when Meet the Browns premieres in January 2009.
Actor David Mann will reprise his role as Leroy Brown, who was a supporting character in the movie version earlier this year. The TV series kicks off with Leroy inheriting a decrepit, old house from his late father.
“Tyler Perry is an extraordinary talent who has turned House of Payne into a record-breaking hit,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “We’re thrilled at having the chance to repeat that success with Leroy Brown, a character already proven to be a big hit with audiences.”
Meet the Browns, released in March, earned just under $42 million at the box office. Perry’s upcoming films include September’s The Family That Preys and next February’s Madea Goes to Jail, which will see Perry reprise the role of his most beloved character, Madea.