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Al Roker's awkward moment with 'Southland' star

March 3, 2010 | 12:49 pm

Al Roker, the cheerful weatherman of NBC's "Today" show, hurried past an awkward moment Wednesday with Regina King, one of the stars of the police drama "Southland," which moved to TNT after being unceremoniously canceled by NBC during the network's disastrous prime-time experiment with "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno.

Roker interviewed King during a segment featuring the reunion of the cast of "227," a sitcom featuring an African American cast that ran for five seasons in the 1980s.

When Roker asked cast members what they had been up to lately, he noted that King was on "Southland," which he said premiered Tuesday. Actually, the show re-launched Tuesday on TNT with new episodes. NBC executives this year said they had canceled the show due to declining ratings and its dark tone.

King made no reference to the NBC cancellation: "TV has been very good to me, so I'm back on it," she said.

-- Greg Braxton