Image Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCTNT announced that it has ordered a third season of Southland, the John Wells-produced police drama from Warner Bros. TV. The cable network has ordered 10 more episodes that will begin airing in January, 2011.

“Southland is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines, and complex characters,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS, and Turner Classic Movies, in a statement. “These qualities have made Southland a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

The series, which focuses on a police gang unit in Los Angeles and stars Ben McKenzie (The O.C.), Tom Everett Scott (Boiler Room), and Regina King (Jerry Maguire), first premiered on NBC in April 2009. After announcing that the critical favorite had been renewed for a second season, NBC abruptly canceled Southland last October. TNT then picked up six of the drama’s previously unseen episodes and began airing them in January.