TNT has cancelled Leverage after five seasons. But there will be one final present for the fans in the form of one more new episode of Leverage on Christmas night. Previously series creator and executive producer Dean Devlin had written that they’d prepared the fifth season finale as a series finale just in case in case it wasn’t renewed. So it sounds like fans will at least get the closure they want.
TNT’s Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its “stand up for the little guy” attitude and its terrific performances from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye.”
AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a fourth season, without showrunner Glen Mazzara, who has parted ways with cable’s top series.
Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward and conclude that it is best to part ways. AMC said in a statement. “This decision is amicable, and Glen will remain on for postproduction on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer. (filming on season three already has concluded, with the second half of episodes set to return to AMC in February.)A replacement has yet to be announced, but sources tell The Holywood Reporter that the series might elevate a current member of the show’s writing staff.
Mazzara’s contributions to the zombie drama have been widely hailed by critics, with the series landing on several best of 2012 lists (including that of THR’s Tim Goodman) and being praised for its turnaround in pacing,THR deemed the series a 2012 Rule Breaker for its willingness to take big swings, including killing off major characters midseason.
Mazzara, who as a freelancer penned a season-one episode, was brought in as an exec producer under Frank Darabont ahead of season two. He ultimately was tapped to replace Darabont, who helped shepherd the series to the screen and was fired after refuting budget cuts to the drama.
“My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season three, it’s time to move on,” Mazzara said in a statement. “I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”
On a ratings basis, the renewal of How I Met Your Mother was never in doubt, but whether the cast wanted to come back wasn’t as certain. Deadline’s Nikki Finke reports deals have been closed with all the cast members and the series will be renewed for a 9th season. The series had been in the final year of its deal and the creators had been pushing for everything to get resolved by the end of December so they could do the necessary build-up to the series finale reveal this season if necessary. Apparently all the cast were on-board to return except for Jason Segel: “But he just got turned around today at the last second. The show was literally dead,” according to Finke.