‘Leverage’ EP Says Season 5 Finale Works as Series Finale If the Show is Not Renewed

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December 6th, 2012

Leverage fans may have some cause for concern if a letter posted to fan site LeverageFans.com is anything to go by. Among other things, Executive producer Dean Devlin says:

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 sounds pretty final, but Devlin does note that:

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.

Of course, we haven't heard anything official yet, but this certainly doesn't seem like good news for the series. Any theories as to what is going on? Is there any hope for fans of the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Dan S

    Uh Oh

  • Dan

    Not sure why TNT wouldnt give this show a proper final season, cable shows that last more than 3 seasons usually are given final seasons by their networks. If the show ends at least it’s properly wrapped up, if it gets renewed then Leverage can end again. There’s nothing wrong with giving a bubble show a finale.

  • John A

    Its ratings are poor and if it has a series finale made why bother renewing it.

  • TL

    FNL and Chuck proved that you can have multiple series finale and things will still work, so I’m not too worried even though I’d be totally fine if this was the last season.

  • DW

    if the season final is on Christmas , its done. remember raising the bar?. they burned those off on either Christmas eve or news years eve a few years ago.

  • sam

    As much as I have always liked this show and its fun cast, I think that it is time to end it. This season has been particularly uneven and hard to watch at times.

  • JakeSnake

    I wouldn’t take this as a hint of a cancellation/renewal decision either way. All it confirms is they still don’t know for sure what’s going to happen, so they’re covering their bases. It reminds me of when the Fringe writers announced the season 4 finale was going to resolve all the major story lines. That didn’t mean season 5 wasn’t going to happen, it just meant the writers weren’t sure so they were playing it safe.

  • brutony

    I didnt even know it was back on! Didnt it just end its season on Sep 21st? Never saw ANY advertisements for it, and I watch TNT sporatically, with baseball and the NBA. I guess if a fan like me, whos watched it since its outset, doesnt know its back on, then its time to end it.

  • Herb Finn

    This just makes a cancelation easier – smart move,guys.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This would be very unfortunate. I do agree that this season has not been their best, although there have been some amazing episodes – the two that ended their summer run were just outstanding. I would like another season but if it ends, so be it.

  • OMG

    I guess there are two types of viewers:

    1. The type that want shows that will not be cancelled with a cliffhanger, or cancelled without the proper end the writers and producers intended to have in a series finale(like CSI: Miami or Ghost Whisperer even though they did not end with cliffhangers)

    2. The type that just wants shows to go on and on and on.

    I am all for type 1, but it seems many people on the sites just want the shows to continue forever, which is not ridiculous, but in my opinion quite a fuss especially when shows are given proper endings but fans are still not satisfied.

  • Amy

    This season sucks so I’m not surprised. It used to be so light hearted and funny and it was way too serious in S5.

  • tv#1

    I watched season 1 when it originally aired. Honestly, I never saw anything special about it. It was a very predictable show. Every episode followed the exact same formula. Extremely cookie-cutterish series. It also had a very blah tone that lacked any kind of personality. I really don’t know how it ever got to five seasons.

  • BeeLoMe

    Don’t read anything in the tea leaves about it airing on Christmas since Rizzoli & Isles is also airing its season finale that night as well in the slot right before Leverage and R&I is one of TNT’s top shows….Also, this Winter run of the Leverage has been rated higher than at least last year and maybe the year before…I’m completely biased however since Leverage is one of my favorite shows and definitely my favorite non-serialized show…20 years and 2 movies..how bout it?

  • Chuck Finley (AJ)

    Love the show but 5 seasons is plenty so if they want to end it, so be it. I am glad it will get the ending it deserves. If you want an example of a show that ran it’s course and had a pretty epic finale, but then got renewed just check out Supernatural. Not to says the seasons past 5 were bad, but that show should have just stopped and 5 and ended with that season finale as the series finale, as the creator intended it to be. Now when the show does actually end, well I just don’t think they can top what the season 5 finale did and it will be a huge letdown. So, just end it and end it right.

  • Sharon

    I hate TNT Leverage was the only reason I start watching the network . TNT mess up the rating by move it to make room for falling sky. When the last ep. come on the 25 of Dec. will be the last time I watch TNT.

  • Chris

    5 seasons is a good run. I’ve pretty much stopped watching it, because it’s gotten so repetitive, and most of the character arcs have gone as far as they can without getting tiresome. I would like to see the show NOT have a finale–just end with them still doing their thing. I hate it when they try to stick an artificial end point on shows. Just make the last episode a good one.

  • Melanie

    I’d like to see a season 6 so they can get to the magic 88 episodes (I think they’re at 77 or so now.
    Hopefully Nate finally learns Sophie’s real name!

  • Leverage-Fan

    At least we will get a true finale AND the finale the producers talked about for years. This is VERY good and I cannot praise the producers enough for this! Many shows that were in danger ended with a cliffhanger because the writers and producers ignored the facts or thought a HUGE cliffhanger would affect the decision FOR another season. If the fifth season will be the last then we get closure (although I want more to come!)

    It would be great if producers of other shows ‘on the bubble’ (like “The Mentalist” ;) ) made those decision, too!

  • Derrick

    why would anyone see a Christmas airing as a sign of cancellation. TNT has a “winter” airing season.

    Also, Leverages ratings are not poor. 2.42 million was how much the last episode got and considering that it didnt even air on its regular night says alot. heck, i didnt even know the first winter episode was on until i turned on my DVR menu and saw leverage recording.

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