Benjamin McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz

TNT has ordered a 10-episode third season of Southland.

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The gritty cop drama, which TNT resurrected after NBC canceled the show before its Season 2 premiere, averaged 2.7 million viewers during its second season on the cable channel. The numbers were below the network's average, which left the show's fate in question.

"Southland is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters," Michael Wright, executive vice president of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said Monday in announcing the renewal. "These qualities have made Southland a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience."

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Created by Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue) and executive-produced by John Wells (ER, The West Wing)  and Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch), the series stars Michael Cudlitz, Benjamin McKenzie, Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Shawn Hatosy and Tom Everett Scott. The show follows the daily lives of Los Angeles police officers, both on and off the job.

Season 3 is slated to begin airing in January 2011.