Southland's Season 4 comes to a close this evening, but is there any possible way anyone in the finale can top last week's golf-ball guy?
Tonight is the season finale of Southland. It is likely also the series finale, unless by some executive-powered miracle TNT decides to make new episodes. That's a pretty depressing thought, because this show is really good. I'm feeling maudlin, because I just love the emotional wringer that this show provides, but I'm trying to take some comfort in the fact that at the very least I got to watch this handful of episodes at all.
In the few months since NBC announced that it was cancelling Southland because it was too gritty and whatnot and TNT's subsequent pick-up, I've come to terms with this decision. In fact, I'm even weirdly grateful that it went down that way, mostly because this show can keep its hard-hitting look and feel on cable in a way that network television just doesn't allow for. But also because I think that this worthy show has generated more press this way than it ever would have had it aired on NBC in the fall as previously planned. (As a midseason replacement in the spring of 2009, it was barely a blip on most people's radars, or DVRs, as it was.)
If you missed the premiere of this show last week, because you were testing the waters over at Harper's Island or sick of seeing so many commercials for this that you felt like you'd already seen it, it is worth a look. It's a dark and gritty crime drama, with intersecting storylines set in the heart of the LAPD and shot with the similar frantic chaotic pace that made ER a hit way back in the day.