Atlanta-based TNT has one drama that it has not renewed so far on its current lineup: “Leverage,” which is in its fifth season.
The season finale is on Christmas Day and is titled “The Long Good-Bye Job,” which is effectively an anticipation that this is the series finale.
TNT is still on the fence about “Leverage.” It has garnered decent ratings, but TNT even though it is expanding its original lineup, it still has finite resources. Already, the network has three new successful shows this summer: “Dallas,” “Perception” and ‘Major Crimes” while losing only “The Closer.” It has a few new shows percolating, including David E. Kelley’s highly anticipated “Monday Mornings,” based on a book by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.
So it’s a bit of a chess game in terms of whether “Leverage” has enough leverage to garner one more season.
Dean Devlin, the creator of TNT’s “Leverage,” decided to send an open letter to fans, perhaps to get them to rise up and create a social media revolution to keep the show around:
Dear Leverage Fans,
As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I 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, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.
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.
I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes. They build to our conclusion. And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.
From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us. I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.
Let’s go steal a series finale!
TNT has declined to comment beyond to say it hasn’t made any final decisions yet.