UPDATE: TNT Cancels ‘Monday Mornings’ & ‘Southland’

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UPDATE, 9:56 PM: Given the recent series pickups of both The Last Ship and Legends, the odds of either Southland or Monday Mornings returning was slim, to say the least. In addition to the Southland cancellation detailed below, I’ve now learned that David E. Kelley’s Monday Mornings has also been cancelled.

In announcing the cancellation of Monday Mornings, TNT issued the following statement: “TNT has decided not to renew the medical drama Monday Mornings for a second season. We are extremely grateful to executive producers David E. Kelly, Bill D’Elia and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on whose novel the series was based. They crafted a unique and powerfully moving drama full of memorable situations and characters brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast. Unfortunately the show never built its audience enough to warrant its continuation. We wish everyone involved with Monday Mornings the best and hope to work with them again in the future.”

PREVIOUS, 9:35 PM: TNT has cancelled drama series Southland after airing five seasons of the show. The writing had been on the wall for some time. Four members of the main cast booked and filmed pilots this year, add to which less than stellar ratings in a crowded marketplace and the fate of the series was all but certain. That said, there is talk of the possibility of doing a two-hour TV movie to wrap up the storylines left open in the season 5 finale.

This is not the first time the series has been cancelled, of course, NBC cancelled the show after airing one season only for TNT to pick it up for a further four. The series has always been a prestige one for TNT brass and the decision not to renew is said to have been a “difficult one”

Southland was created by Ann Biderman and follows the day-to-day lives of a group of police officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. The series was produced by Warner Horizon Television and starred Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Benjamin McKenzie and Regina King,

In announcing the cancellation of Southland, TNT issued the following statement: “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.”