Southland Takes Advantage of Full Season with "More Refined" Storytelling

It's odd to think that the cast of a show entering its third season has never shot more than six episodes at a time, but that's the case for TNT's Southland.

The gritty police drama debuted as a midseason replacement on NBC in 2009 and earned a 13-episode renewal for Season 2. Then, NBC canceled the show before it even premiered, allowing TNT to buy and air the six episodes NBC had in the can in early 2010.

So when TNT ordered a 10-episode third season, which begins Tuesday at 10/9c, the cast and crew were equally excited and cynical. "Well, the joke on set is on Episode 7 everyone's going to be walking around not knowing what they're doing," Benjamin McKenzie tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "Needless to say the spirit is very good. Morale is very high on-set. We're having a blast knowing we will shoot 10 episodes and they will air."

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Jan 4, 2011 5:07PM EST

can't wait!!

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