17 April 2013 11:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT hasn’t said definitively whether Wednesday’s season finale would officially be the last episode of “Southland,” but all indications and body language — including the fact several of its stars have signed on to new projects — suggests that it is.

If that was the last hour (and there will be spoilers ahead), there’s no question it leaves a bad aftertaste — so grim and unsettled as to offer virtually nothing in the way of closure.

Still, we come not to bury but to praise this Peabody-award-winning drama, as well as TNT for giving it renewed life after NBC and a little experiment called “The Jay Leno Show” nearly sent the series to the showers long before now.

Given the Lapd’s lengthy love affair with TV — going back to those Jack Webb staples “Dragnet” and “Adam-12″ — it seemed impossible to bring much new to the table. Yet this John Wells/Warner Bros. »


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