Showing financial issues are continuing to affect NBCUniversal on a day to day basis, NBC dramatically shut down production of sophomore cop series “Southland” today. Debuting this past spring, the John Wells produced show was set to have its second season premiere on Oct. 23.
Variety reports that insiders report the dark nature of the show as an issue, but that continuing airing “Dateline” in the same Friday, 9 p.m. timeslot was a much cheaper proposition.
Warner Bros. Television has already shot six episodes of the series and NBC said it will do it’s best to air those episodes and that the “quality” of the program was not an issue.
“Southland” was considered a modest success when it replaced “E.R.” in the Thursday, 10 p.m. timeslot. That airtime, however, became unavailable when “The Jay Leno Show” debuted this September five nights a week at 10. Rumor has it the network has contractually committed to Leno’s show for two complete seasons.
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