Although nothing is set in stone yet, FX is currently planning their exit strategy for the hit drama series Justified. Season 5 kicked off earlier this week with "A Murder of Crowes", and while the Season 6 renewal has not been officially announced yet, FX president Nick Grad revealed that, "the plan right now" is to end the hit drama series after Season 6.
Here's what the network president had to say about ending a show at the right time.
"We like having shows that rate really well, and there's an instinct that you want it to go on forever. But it doesn't. Another metric that's important to us [beyond ratings] is, 'What shows are going to be talked about in the next 20 years?' If you're making a great, 80-hour movie, it has to have a beginning, middle and end. Going out at the right time is going to make your show last forever - we want to make shows that stand the test of time."
However, Nick Grad said that plan may still change, given the needs of creator Graham Yost and his team.
The Season 5 premiere featured a touching tribute to author Elmore Leonard, who passed away last year at the age of 88, and whose characters the show is based on. The premiere also brought back fan favorite Damon Herriman as Dewey Crowe, along with a host of new characters for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to tangle with, including Dewey's cousin, Dale Crowe Jr., played by Michael Rapaport. The New York-raised actor revealed what he did to get into character, at the show's West Hollywood premiere this week.
"I listened to a lot to be as authentic as possible - Bobby Bare, Johnny PayCheck, Loretta Lynn. I never got into country music before this, so it's like a whole new form for me."
Nick Grad also added how they used locations in Detroit and Florida this season, two favorite locales used in Elmore Leonard's stories.
"As Graham [Yost, creator] has said, they went to Detroit and Florida [for Season 5], the two very most 'Elmore' kind of locations, and they were excited about what Elmore would think of the episode and very sad that he's never going to see this season. But, he's the inspiration behind all of this."