'Going Out at the Right Time': A Long-Running Cable Drama Eyes Its Endgame Variety
The end is in sight for a long-running cable drama series, with the people behind the show talking about "going out at the right time." Variety reports that FX President Nick Grad said the current plan is to wrap “Justified” after its sixth season, although the plan could change depending on the needs of the creative people involved in the show.
“We like having shows that rate really well, and there’s an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn’t,” Grad said. “Another metric that’s important to us [beyond ratings] is, ‘What shows are going to be talked about in the next 20 years?’ If you’re making a great, 80-hour movie, it has to have a beginning, middle and end. Going out at the right time is going to make your show last forever -- we want to make shows that stand the test of time.”
The fifth season of “Justified” will introduce new characters, including one played by Michael Rapaport, the story notes.
The fifth season of the show, which stars Timothy Olyphant, will be the first since author Elmore Leonard died. Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole” was the basis for the show.