If you’re a Southland fan who fell in love with TNT when the cable network rescued the previously cancelled NBC series, there’s more good news! TNT announced today that they’re picking up Southland for a third season.

The network stated that they’ve ordered ten episodes for season 3 and plan to start airing them in January 2011.

“SOUTHLAND is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “These qualities have made SOUTHLAND a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

TNT rescued the cop drama after NBC cancelled it. After re-airing the first season, the cable network aired the six-episode second season last March. Season 2 averaged a modest 2.7 million viewers on TNT. While that might not be considered huge on network TV, it’s not bad for cable and apparently the network’s happy enough with the loyalty of Southland’s viewers to bring it back.

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