UPDATE: HBO has confirmed “Girls” will end after its sixth season. It announced as much along with the Season 6 renewal Wednesday afternoon.
“Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence,” HBO President Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “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,'” Dunham said. “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 time has come to say goodbye to “Girls.” Well, kind of. Not yet. Soon.
According to multiple sources, “Girls” will be ending its run after Season 6. The Lena Dunham-lead comedy is set to begin Season 5 in February, meaning it will have two more seasons before capping its historic run.
Dunham has often spoke of ending her first television series after six seasons, including in an interview last September on Elvis Duran’s radio show. “Never say never, but that is the way we’re thinking about it right now and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women,” Dunham said at the time. “It’s really exciting. I started working on this show when I was 23, and I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.”
“Girls” won a Primetime Emmy Award for casting in its debut season and has been nominated multiple times throughout its run (though awards attention has tapered off in recent years). It won Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, at the Golden Globes for its debut season as well, and Dunham took home Best Actress in the same category. The series was also the first TV show to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, kicking off a showcase for the medium that has grown every year.
“Girls” begins its fifth season February 21.