Training officer John Cooper, Southland's gay gruff cop, will keep his badge for another season.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT will renew the Los Angeles-based drama for a third season. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which will air starting next January.

Southland originally premiered on NBC, but the network axed the series right before the start of its second season.

Advocates of greater gay-inclusion on television had lauded Michael Cudlitz's role on the show as part of a broader trend that includes non-stereotypical gay characters. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) recent report “Where We Are on TV” applauded the character for breaking new ground on television.

On the show, Cooper gave off a gay vibe from the show's premiere, but producers made us hold our breath until the season finale before pairing him up with another man. Season 2 picked up after the tough-as-nails cop shared a tender moment with Caesar under a cascade of Memorial Day fireworks.

In season 2, Cooper's sexual orientation is questioned by one of his colleagues.

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