TCA 2014: Network president John Landgraf announces decision by showrunner Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant
FX’s “Justified” will end after its sixth season, network chief John Landgraf announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Landgraf said the decision was made by showrunner Graham Yost and lead actor Timothy Olyphant, and that he would have loved for the show to continue.
“It’s one of my favorite shows,” Landgraf said. “We talked about it a year ago and they felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say would be best served by six years, six seasons… and so I accepted their decision. We try as much as we can not to make business drive creative.”
Season five of the cop show premiered on Jan. 7. The series, based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, follows a lawman in rural Kentucky bending rules as he takes on colorful adversaries. Leonard later wrote the novel “Raylan” about the show’s title character.
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“Justified” has been one of FX’s most acclaimed shows, earning acting nominations for Olyphant. Margo Martindale won an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of criminal matriarch Mags Bennett.