Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Girlfriends Cancelled After Eight Seasons

Girlfriend one of the longest African American sitcoms in the history of television has been unceremoniously cancelled. The CW has decided to cancel the series immediately instead of bringing it back for a ninth season. While no official announcement had been made as of press time, we were told the CW will not even film this season’s remaining nine episodes that were suspended during the writer’s strike.

Ironically, news of the show’s cancellation comes just as the strike has ended and the writing staff was preparing to return to work. We were informed by one of the writers yesterday that Monday night’s one-hour block of new episodes served as the show’s last. “Girlfriends” became the longest-running live-action comedy series currently on network television with the debut of its current season in October 2007. The writers strike suspended production after only 13 of 22 ordered episodes were completed.

The series, created by Mara Brock-Akil, was consistently the No. 1 show in black households since its Sept. 11, 2000 debut. Original cast members Tracee Ellis Ross, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones starred as a group of close friends dealing with life and love in Los Angeles. Jones left the series in at the end of Season 6.


Malcolm said...

This is really disappointing. I've watched "Girlfriends" on occasion and enjoyed it every time. I feel that it was just as good as the overrated "Sex and the City". For a show that ran for eight seasons, you would think the CW would show a little more respect and give the series a proper send off. The cast/crew and the fans of "Girlfriends" deserve better.

pjazzypar said...

Malcolm, We've had this talk before about a different show. I thought that "Living Single" was just as if not more entertaining than "Friends". In fact the former happen to be the prototype so to speak. "Girlfriends" was a successful show that still had places to go with a fresh new storyline. It is pretty pitiful that we will never know if Joan did in fact marry the man of her dreams. What a ripoff.