UPDATE, 11:55 AM: It’s official. Ahead of Girls‘ fifth season premiere on February 21, HBO has renewed the Lena Dunham comedy for a sixth and final season for premiere in 2017. Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, made the announcement today at TCA.
PREVIOUS, Tuesday, 3:48 PM : The end is near for HBO’s Girls. The Lena Dunham comedy will wrap its run after getting one more renewal for a sixth and final season to air in 2017. I hear the decision was made virtually unanimously, with HBO brass and the series producers agreeing that was the right lifespan for the series, which became an instant pop culture staple and made creator/star Dunham a household name. The end date, set as Girls is about to air its fifth season, reflects Dunham’s view that Girls should run for six seasons, which she has shared publicly a number of times.
“Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now, and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women,” Dunham said in a September interview on Z100’s “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” “I started working on this show when I was 23, and now I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.”
Executive produced by Judd Apatow, Girls follows a close group of twenty-somethings living in New York City. The show’s premise and major aspects of the main character were drawn from Dunham’s own life. Dunham plays Hannah Helene Horvath, an aspiring writer living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn who struggles to support herself and find a direction in her life. The series, which debuted on HBO on April 5, 2012, was never a big ratings draw but has had a major cultural impact. Season 5 premieres on February 21.