In an interview with EW’s Michael Ausiello following NBC’s abrupt and illogical decision to renew the critically-acclaimed gritty cop drama Southland and then cancel it five weeks later, actor Michael Cudlitz wastes no opportunity to diss the network that technically still employs him. While the interview is a publicist’s nightmare and Cudlitz’s final (duh) point is that NBC is “obviously only in it for the money,” the guy comes off as pretty punk rock.
On NBC’s puny little 30 second Southland promo campaign:
“When you have a network that nobody’s watching, it doesn’t benefit you to only advertise on your network.”
On NBC’s possible fears of alienating the audience with dark new episodes:
“What audience are they afraid of pissing off? They don’t have an audience…”
“I don’t just walk in one day and go, “Eh, I’m not going to act today. I know I told you I was going to act, but I’m not going to do my thing.” But I guess because they own the ball and the ballpark they get to do that. It’s kind of cheap.”
Hopefully the critically-lauded show will find a home on another network, and Michael Cudlitz will never get media training. Fight the power!
Southland Star on Show’s Axing: “I’m Pissed Off” [EW]