FX Says Justified Will End After Six Seasons

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Timothy Olyphant and Edi Gathegi in Justified - A Murder of Crowes

Well this blows. I only have two real joys in life — watching new episodes of “Justified” on the FX Channel and eating waffle fries from Chick-fil-A. Now it looks like I’ll only be able to indulge in one of those things in a few short years, because according to FX President Nick Grad, the show may only have two more seasons left, counting the recently premiered fifth season.

Speaking at a recent DGA event, Grad told Variety about the show’s future:

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. 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.

Well that’s disappointing. As far as I know, the show’s ratings have been pretty good for a basic cable TV show, and it’s not like this is “Almost Human,” which has a huge budget. Most of the action is pretty low-key and cheap to produce, which is exactly why “Justified” is such a great show. No one’s going to be shooting lasers or flying around onscreen.

Oh well, six seasons of “Justified” is a lot better than none, I suppose. The show’s Season 5, which premiered last night, was kick ass, with a bunch of new characters that I hope will stick around for longer than a few episodes. There’s something awesome about Michael Rapaport as a country redneck criminal lowlife.

Trailer for Season 5

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I too am saddened by this. Justified is one of mine and my friend Virg’s favorite shows. We actually refer to anyone being killed by Raylan or Boyd as being Raylaned or Boyded!!!

  • Brent

    This is definitely in contention for my favorite show on TV. Sucks we only get two more seasons, but god damn what seasons. And I’m with you on the Rapaport thing, he’s fucking rad so far.

  • Avalon

    😭 I’m depressed…