Savor your time with Raylan Givens while you can, “Justified” fans, because he may not be around after 2015.
FX president Nick Grad says “the plan right now” is to end the series, which had its fifth-season premiere Tuesday night (Jan. 7), after Season 6. That would be in keeping with FX’s usual m.o. of having its successful dramas run six to eight seasons.
“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,” Grad tells Variety. “Another metric that’s important to us 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.”
“Justified” has pulled solid ratings for FX over its first four seasons, growing from 3.4 million viewers in its first year to 4.1 million for Season 4. Numbers for Tuesday’s premiere weren’t available at posting time.