It has been revealed that HBO’s critically acclaimed, much discussed comedy Girls will conclude with its sixth season next year. The series, which has won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards and will debut its fifth season on February 21, has proved to be a provocative show during its run so far, generating a ton of conversation among critics and fans alike and weathering a few controversies along the way as well.
It’s always nice to see a show get a final season in advance like this, and HBO has been particularly good with this. Only recently they gave a third and final season to their low-rated but critically acclaimed supernatural drama The Leftovers.
Created by Golden Globe Award winner Lena Dunham (This is 40, The Innkeepers) and produced by Golden Globe nominated director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Pineapple Express), Girls stars Dunham, Allison Williams (Peter Pan Live!, The Mindy Project), Jemima Kirke (Inside Amy Schumer, Axe Cop), Zosia Mamet (Mad Men, The Kids Are All Right), three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver (This is Where I Leave You, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Alex Karpovsky (Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caeser!), Andrew Rannells (The Intern, The New Normal) and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Lake House, Stealth) with recurring appearances by Christopher Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Most Violent Year).
In addition, the network has revealed via an online video that its hugely popular current affairs show Last Week Tonight will return for its third season on Sunday, February 14. The show, which humorously deconstructs the news of the week and the issues running through it, has proved to be an incredible success, scoring a large online presence and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program. It’s presented by The Daily Show alum John Oliver.
HBO has issued a press release containing statements from the network and the show’s creator on the conclusion of Girls.
“Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence,” said Michael Lombardo, the President of HBO programming. “They are exceptional talents, and I can’t wait to see what Lena, Jenni and Judd have in store for the final seasons of this unique show, and look forward to working with them on future projects.”
“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls,” added Lena Dunham. “The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni, Judd and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family. I conceived of Girls when I was 23 and now I’m nearly 30 – the show has quite perfectly spanned my 20s, the period of time that it’s about – and so it feels like the right time to wrap our story up. We look forward to creating a sixth season that will honor our amazing cast, crew and fans. And in the Girls universe, nothing ever ends too neatly.”