As ‘Justified’ began its fifth season last night on FX, it seems an end date for the popular southern drama has come as well.
According to FX executive Nick Grad, it’s seems likely that gunslinger lawmen Raylan Givens and company will end their run after six seasons. That would be "the plan right now," said Grad at the ‘Justified’ premiere in Hollywood on Monday.
“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," he added. "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.”
For fans, it’s certainly somber news, but not at all surprising. The Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins-driven drama (pictured alongside creator Graham Yost at the premiere) has endured and thrived over four seasons, and the fifth looks equally as promising. It cannot go on forever, and while fans fear letting something good go away, there is too the worry that stories turn sour or jump the shark.
Then again, just because it is the plan right now doesn't mean it won't change. After all, Vince Gilligan was offered $75 million by Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg for three more episodes of 'Breaking Bad.'
Season 5 and the potential season or seasons to come will be taking place without Elmore Leonard, the writer who penned the short story ‘Fire in the Hole,’ on which ‘Justified’ is based. The bestselling author of such stories as ‘The Big Bounce,’ ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Rum Punch,’ from which Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown’ was derived, died at the age of 87 in August of last year. He was a producer and writer on 'Justified' throughout.
A 90-second tribute to Leonard aired during of the premiere last night, and the clip belongs to a longer segment that is to be included in a later DVD bundle.
In case you missed it, the Season 5 trailer can be viewed below.
Justified is one of my all time favorite shows and I'm thrilled at the prospect of a sixth season. And I think I'm equally thrilled at the prospect of ending it there. I do hate to see a show drag out to a disappointing end. Six seasons is a great run for any show, and few can surpass that mark without declining in quality.
Walton Goggins and Timothy Olyphant have combined to create five of the most memorable characters in TV history; Raylan Givens, Seth Bullock, Boyd Crowder, Shane Vendrell and Venus Van Dam.
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Message Posted On Jan 8th, 2014, 11:36 pm
Aye, well put Baillie.
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Message Posted On Jan 8th, 2014, 7:43 pm
I love Justified, and personally think this isn't bad news. Like the FX exec said, you want shows to go out on a high, and you'll remember them always, shows that drag on too long, mentioning no names (How I Met Your Mother ... cough) have already made me look back at what was a good series with not the greatest of memories, because they've milked it for all it's worth