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'Girlfriends' ends eight-year run

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Girlfriends, one of only a few series left in primetime that features an all African-American cast, has ended its eight-year run, The CW has announced. The last episode aired this week and no further episodes will be produced, though the creators are in discussions with The CW about creating some sort of retrospective special for fans to air later this season.

The network released this statement today: “The prolonged strike has changed business conditions and our programming strategy for the balance of the 2007/08 season. To better focus its creative and financial resources, The CW will only resume production on shows that are in consideration for renewal next year. As a result, we will not order additional episodes of the long-running comedy Girlfriends, which planned to conclude its run at the end of this season. This was a very difficult decision for us, and was based solely on the considerable cost to license each episode in an extremely unusual business environment.”

Girlfriends first bowed on UPN before the network merged with

The WB and became The CW over two years ago. The comedy, from creator

Mara Brock Akil, starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia

White, Jill Marie Jones (who left the show in ’06), Reggie Hayes,

Khalil Kain, and Keesha Sharp. Said Akil in a statement, “Although it’s

always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the

history that Girlfriends has made, the human stories that we

told, the beautifully complex images that we projected, and the

blessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally and

professionally.”

The CW is expected to renew The Game and Everybody Hates Chris — both of which feature African-American casts — for fall 2008.

Girlfriends first bowed on UPN before the network merged withThe WB and became The CW over two years ago. The comedy, from creatorMara Brock Akil, starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, PersiaWhite, Jill Marie Jones (who left the show in ’06), Reggie Hayes,Khalil Kain, and Keesha Sharp. Said Akil in a statement, “Although it’salways difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on thehistory that Girlfriends has made, the human stories that wetold, the beautifully complex images that we projected, and theblessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally andprofessionally.”

The CW is expected to renew The Game and Everybody Hates Chris — both of which feature African-American casts — for fall 2008.

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