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.
As most of you fans are aware, TNT has opted to not pick “Southland” up for a 6th season. In a statement, the network called the decision to ax the series a “difficult” one. This is very sad news for us fans, but the show had a great 5-season run. You can read TNT’s statement below:
“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.”
Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with 528 HD screen captures of Ben from tonight’s season five finale of Southland. I thought the episode was fantastic and a great ending to a great season. With this being the possible series finale (hopefully not!), it is crazy to look back at Ben Sherman during the first season and then compare him to the Ben Sherman we’ve gotten this season. Very flawed, but awesome character, don’t you think? What did you guys think of the episode and how do you feel about Ben’s transformation over the seasons? Leave a comment or tweet us to share your thoughts!
On another note, I wanted to say that now that this season of Southland has ended, I will be focusing on the rest of the gallery, as well as site content. Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of changes (all good… so don’t worry!) coming your way. So keep your eyes open for all the new updates and features! Enjoy the captures!
Southland > Season 5 > Screen Captures > 5×10 – Reckoning
Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with 343 HD screen captures from tonight’s all new episode of Southland. What did you guys think of the episode? I thought it was nothing short of brilliant. Very intense and one of the best episodes of the season. Leave a comment or tweet us to share your thoughts. Enjoy!
Southland > Season 5 > Screen Captures > 5×09 – Chaos
Hi everybody! I just updated the gallery with 514 HD screen captures of Ben from last night’s all new episode of Southland. What did you guys think of the episode? I thought it was awesome and the ending was crazy! Can’t wait until next week. Leave a comment or tweet us to share your thoughts! Enjoy!
Southland > Season 5 > Screen Capture > 5×08 – The Felix Paradox
Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with 437 HD screen captures of Ben from last night’s all new episode of Southland. What did you guys think of the episode? Leave a comment or tweet us to let us know your thoughts. Enjoy the captures and keep checking back for more updates!
Southland > Season 5 > Screen Captures > 5×07 – Hero’s