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'Southland' lives! Picked up by TNT, to air opposite 'Jay Leno'

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Southland has found new life and the home so many of us had hoped it would. Southland, cancelled by NBC when it scrambled its schedule to make room for The Jay Leno Show five nights a week, will air on TNT starting in January.

TNT announced this morning that it plans to re-air the series’ original seven episodes NBC broadcast, plus the six new hours that NBC ordered but chose not to air. Depending on ratings, TNT will order more. The cable network plans to run the tough cop drama Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. — opposite The Jay Leno Show. “This is a perfect opportunity for us to introduce the series to new viewers,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, in a statement released today.

So what do you think? Can Southland thrive on the same station that brings us The Closer, Saving Grace, and other highly-rated scripted dramas? Is this a good decision?

Me, I’m looking forward to seeing how those dangling storylines involving the officers played by Regina King and Michael Cudlitz play out.

How about you?

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