This Christmas, Santa could be bringing fans of the TNT series Leverage news equivalent to that of dreaded coal.
Dean Devlin, executive producer and director of the veteran show, penned a letter to fans warning that the series still remains in a state of limbo in regards to a possible sixth season. Further adding to renewal concerns was Devlin’s acknowledgement that the season 5 finale, set to air Dec. 25, was written as the series finale he and John Rogers always planned to make. Talk about a “great” Christmas present.
In the letter, Devlin writes:
This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories. But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.
Leverage, starring Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, made its first appearance on TNT in 2008 and is currently the longest-running original series on the network. But according to the Chicago Tribune, the series is down 11 percent in total viewers from last season with an 18 percent decline in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Contrary to these numbers, Leverage fans have managed to “steal” the series a nomination for a Favorite Cable TV Drama at this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Here’s to hoping that if the drama series doesn’t get its Season 6, it at least takes home this prize.
What are your reactions, Leverage fans? Did Devlin make the right call to order the Season 5 finale to be the always-planned series finale?