During Tuesday's Television Critics Association gathering in Pasadena, FX confirmed the network's Elmore Leonard-inspired drama "Justified" will end its run after the show's 6th season. The series, created by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, just launched its fifth season this month, but network boss John Landgraf said Yost and Olyphant have decided their story will be told by the end of Season 6.
"It was really Graham and Tim Olyphant's decision," Landgraf said. "We talked about it a year ago, and they felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say [was best told in six seasons rather than seven]. Regretfully, that's their decision."
OK, so, including Jan. 14's new episode, that means fans have at least two dozen new "Justified" episodes to look forward to, but the end still seems all too near. And after recent announcements from HBO that upcoming seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom" will be the final ones for those shows, TV land is going to have some big drama holes to fill soon.
Comedies, talk shows — late-night and daytime — and reality TV will soon bid adieu to series as well. A round-up of other series viewers will be mourning soon:
The Fox series continues its fifth season on Feb. 24, and will celebrate its 100th episode in March with a two-parter that includes guest appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth, and "Gossip Girl" alum Chace Crawford. The series' action will also move to New York City for much of the rest of Season 5, as — bad news — "Glee" moves towards what Fox exec Kevin Reilly announced will be the series' sixth and final season. Several McKinley High students will graduate and leave Ohio for New York City in Season 5, meaning more cast shuffling ahead before the show wraps for good.
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"
Leno ends his near-21-year-run as host of "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6. CNN President Jeff Zucker recently denied rumors he'll pursue Leno to host a new late-night series on CNN, while Leno has said nothing about his future plans, so far. Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" successor does star in the next new episode of pal and fellow comedian and car enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which will premiere online Jan. 16.
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
Meanwhile, Leno's departure means "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" will become "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," which premieres on Feb. 17 and moves "The Tonight Show" from Los Angeles to New York. And the end of Fallon's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" leaves a late-night spot open for "Late Night With Seth Meyers," which debuts on NBC on Feb. 24.
"How I Met Your Mother"
We've already met the titular mother, but nine seasons of teases about just how Ted Mosby and she end up happily married with children wraps up with the March 31 "HIMYM" series finale.
Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric ends her Daytime Emmy-nominated syndicated talk show in June, after two seasons in daytime.
The season premiere and series finale dates have yet to be announced, but the fifth – and final – season of the underrated Eddie McClintock-Saul Rubinek-Joanne Kelly Syfy series is set to debut in 2014, and will consist of six episodes.
In December, Showtime announced that the upcoming seventh season of the David Duchovny comedy will be its last. No premiere date has been set, but the final season will include guest stars Michael Imperioli, Heather Graham, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Roger Howarth, and the return of Rob Lowe as movie star Eddie Nero.
Wilfie! Everyone's favorite talking, lying, scheming dog/man in a furry dog suit will move from FX to FXX for its upcoming fourth, and sadly final, season. The surreal Elijah Wood-Jason Gunn series will return with a final set of 10 episodes in the summer, led by original showrunner David Zucker.
Summer 2014 is also the end of the road for the HBO vampire drama, which will end with a 13-episode seventh season. The season premiere, "Jesus Gonna Be Here," will be directed by series star Stephen Moyer and will be rife with character flashbacks.
And MTV's "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory," and Disney Channel series "Good Luck Charlie," "A.N.T. Farm," and "Fish Hooks" will end after their currently airing final seasons.
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- Tonight Show With Jay Leno
- Walton Goggins
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