TNT announced Friday (December 21st) that it has cancelled "Leverage" after five seasons on the air. The show's final episode will be broadcast on Christmas Day. "TNT's '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," the cable network said in a statement. "But after five wonderful years, it's time to say goodbye. 'Leverage' will come to a close on Christmas at 9:00 PM, with a series finale that stands as one of the show's best episodes. We want to thank all of the passionately devoted fans… who have really been the driving force behind its success."
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the series' future, "Leverage" executive producer Dean Devlin explained in an open letter released earlier this month on Leveragefans.com that he crafted the Season 5 finale as if it were the series finale in case the show was not renewed for a sixth season.
"As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show," Devlin wrote on December 6th. "Because of this uncertainty, [series creator] 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." The show was TNT's longest-running series currently on the air. The fifth season premiered to 3.39 million viewers in July, but recently dropped to just 1.91 million viewers when it returned from a two-month hiatus on a new night. The series finale of "Leverage," titled "The Long Goodbye Job," airs on Tuesday, December 25th at 9:00 PM EST on TNT.