By Lynette Rice
Updated December 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Farewell, Timothy Hutton: TNT announced that its five-year-old drama starring the Ordinary People star will end its run on Christmas Day.

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,” a TNT spokeswoman said in a statement. “But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas at 9 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of Leverage, who have been the driving force behind its success.”

Devlin recently said in an open letter on that the Dec. 25 could be its last. The drama follows Nate Ford (Hutton), a former insurance investigator turned thief who has partnered with grifter Sophie Devereaux (Bellman); retrieval specialist Eliot Spencer (Kane); gadget wizard Alec Hardison (Hodge); and the athletic Parker (Riesgraf).

“As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show.,” Devlin said on the website. ” 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.”