On Jan. 6, HBO announced both good and bad news for fans of the Emmy winning comedy series Girls. With the fifth season set to premiere on Feb. 21, HBO has already determined the future of the comedy. Girls will be returning for a sixth season in 2017, but sadly it will be the last.
Girls, a half-hour comedy show, is about four young women all in their twenties who are living in New York City and trying to make sense of their lives. As Girls has become more and more popular, so have the actors. Lena Dunham created, writes, and stars in Girls and won a Golden Globe in 2013 for her role as Hannah Horvath. Adam Driver, who plays Adam Sackler, recently stared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Kylo Ren.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, announced the future of Girls in a press release. “Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence,” said Lombardo. “They are exceptional talents, and I can’t wait to see what Lena, Jenni and Judd have in store for the final seasons of this unique show, and look forward to working with them on future projects.”
“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls,” said Dunham. “The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni, Judd and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family. I conceived of Girls when I was 23 and now I’m nearly 30 – the show has quite perfectly spanned my 20s, the period of time that it’s about – and so it feels like the right time to wrap our story up. We look forward to creating a sixth season that will honor our amazing cast, crew and fans. And in the Girls universe, nothing ever ends too neatly.”
The end of Girls may be in the moderately near future, but the creative minds behind the comedic masterpiece are not leaving HBO just yet. Girls co-creators Dunham and Konner are once again teaming up for a new half-hour comedy called Max, which will be about the rise of second-wave feminism in 1963.