While “Southland” may not have the biggest viewing audience under the sun (largely because the finale generated just a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.8 million viewers), there’s no denying that this is still one of the best police dramas out there. It’s really one of the few that focuses on the experience of being on the force and the characters more so than just kooky cases, and that has made it into a TV darling no matter where it has gone. (How Regina King is not up for some award nearly year-round is beyond us.)
So is there any hope that there could be something more beyond the season 5 finale? We have a feeling that it’s going to be tough. “Dallas” is another TNT show on the bubble, and its ratings by and large blow this one out of the water. Plus, there are multiple actors on this show (King included) who have signed on to do pilots elsewhere.
Nonetheless, “Southland” executive producer Jonathan Lisco is doing his best to stay positive. Speaking to TVLine in a new interview, he explained that even without being overly optimistic, there is still a chance that his show will get a few more episodes to tell its story:
“It’s funny — everybody in Hollywood thinks that when you work on a show, you have some kind of crystal ball. It’s anything but that. We read the trades and hear rumors just like everybody else. If you believe those, you would think there’s maybe a less than 50 percent chance of renewal. But I really think there’s a chance, and a non-trivial chance, that the show gets at least another season. This season was so compelling and felt so earned and inevitable. And we’ve got so many ideas for reinventing [the show], which I think is the hallmark of Southland. Every season, we’ve done our best to reinvent the show. I have no doubt we could do it again.”
Lisco acknowledged that there would potentially be some cast shake-ups due to all the pilots out there if the show was picked up, but given the nature of the subject matter, it would not be surprising to see some new members of the force from year to year.
What do you think: should “Southland” receive a season 6? If you want to check out the ratings for the “Dallas” finale, be sure to visit the story over here.