‘Southland’ Renewed; TNT Also Greenlights ‘Perception’

Top-notch cop drama gets fourth season; Eric McCormack plays crime-solving neuroscientist on “Perception”

Last Updated: March 22, 2011 @ 12:49 PM

We won't pretend to be neutral about this: TNT has made the excellent decision to renew the acclaimed L.A. cop drama "Southland" for a fourth season.

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The network also green-lit "Perception," a drama with Emmy winner Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook, ordering 10 episodes.

TNT also ordered 10 new episodes of "Southland," which wrapped its third season March 8. It has averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up six percent compared to the second season. It stars Michael Cudlitz, recent "Dexter" guest star Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.

TNT rescued "Southland" after it nearly became a casualty of the 2009 NBC debacle that placed Jay Leno at 10 p.m.

"Southland" was bounced from its Thursdays-at-10 timeslot to Friday nights for what would have been its second season. But the network decided to cancel the show before that season even began.

The new series "Perception" is about an eccentric neuroscientist (McCormack) who solves complicated crimes. The series, which also stars Arjay Smith ("The Day After Tomorrow") and Kelly Rowan ("The O.C." was created by executive producer Kenneth Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, both of "Star Trek: Voyager."

It is expected to premiere in 2012.