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TNT renews 'Southland' and orders new drama starring Eric McCormack

March 22, 2011 | 11:54 am

"Southland," the police drama yanked by NBC after one season, has been renewed for a fourth season on TNT.

The cable network has ordered 10 new episodes of the series, which stars Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy and Regina King. Executives said "Southland" averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% from the second season.

TNT has also ordered a new drama, "Perception," which will debut in 2012. The series will star Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace) as Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook and expertise to help the federal government crack difficult cases. McCormack will also be a producer of the drama, which co-stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Eric McCormack. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images