TNT is giving Leverage fans a lump of coal for Christmas this year. And by "lump of coal," I mean "a season finale that will now be the series finale." After staying mum for months on whether the series would get a sixth season, the network has canceled it less than a week before the Season 5 finale, which is set to air on Christmas Day.
The news isn't a total surprise; a few weeks ago, Leverage executive producer Dean Devlin wrote an open letter to fans announcing that, due to the uncertainty over whether the show would be renewed, he and series co-creator John Rogers "decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot." So viewers can at least count on getting some closure (although next time we'd appreciate a heads-up BEFORE we post our annual In Memoriam video, TNT!).
Devlin responded to the news with an emotional, gratitude-filled second letter to fans, saying:
It has been decided today that this Tuesday’s episode of Leverage “The Long Goodbye Job” will be the series finale as TNT has decided not to renew the show for a sixth season.
I’m so happy we were able to film the series finale we had always envisioned and I’m happy we’re able to present it on Christmas as our gift to you. It’s a bittersweet goodbye.
Kind of a crummy (if not surprising) move on TNT's part to not only schedule a season finale on a major holiday, but to wait so long to decide a verdict and then announce a cancellation the Friday before that major holiday when half the country is schlepping around an airport with a carry-on bag full of fruitcake.
But hey, five seasons and a "proper" series finale have to count for something, right?