Well this is surprising. Before it has a chance to debut its second season, NBC has canceled its once promising drama series Southland. According to THR, production on the John Wells-produced cop series is being shut down after six episodes. The show as slated to debut in a new time slot — Friday at 9:00 p.m. — during premiere week but in August NBC pushed back its release to October 23rd. Episodes of Dateline NBC will air in the meantime and it’s unclear at the moment whether the six produced episodes will ever air.
About the only good news for fans is that the production (produced by WB Studios) is being actively shopped to other networks (both broadcast and cable). Southland premiered well last season, but quickly faded in the ratings, although NBC still saw enough promise in the series to give it a second season:
“I’m disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically-acclaimed series that was for so many years, a hallmark of their success,” Wells said. “We remain extremely proud of ‘Southland’ and are actively looking for another home for the series.”