Posted by Eric on May 14, 2013 | Filed under News & Gossip, Southland | Browse the News Archives
Ben McKenzie has offered his thoughts on the cancellation of his series Southland.
Southland was officially axed last Friday (May 10), after first airing two seasons on NBC and an additional three seasons on TNT.
McKenzie – who played Ben Sherman on the police drama – has reflected on Southland’s five seasons in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I would hope [viewers] take away that it was an honorable show,” McKenzie commented.
“It was a well-intentioned show that did its best to portray a certain side of law enforcement, particularly LAPD officers and particularly, from my point of view, patrol officers, although there are detectives in it too. And it used some of the cutting-edge things that are happening in television right now.”
McKenzie continued: “I just hope we made a good show and people enjoyed it and I hope it stands up. I hope people can watch years from now and say ‘That was a good episode’, ‘I like what they did there’, ‘I like his performance’, or ‘I like that shot’.
“I think it’s a good show, and I think that the people that really like it really, really like it. I would rather fewer people watched it and loved it for its attempts at authenticity.”
Southland earned acclaim for its realistic portrayal of the dangers faced by the Los Angeles police on the streets.
The series won two Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as a Peabody Award.