'Girlfriends' ends eight-year run

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Mara Brock Akil, creator/executive producer of the CW comedy "Girlfriends," confirmed Thursday that the show is coming to an end and that she's talking with the network and studio, CBS Paramount Network TV, about finding a proper way to wrap up the series' eight-year run.

Akil released a statement Thursday, two days after news surfaced that the CW, following the end of the writers strike, would not be ordering more episodes of the show, which had been expected to bow out at season's end.

"I am currently in talks with the studio and network on putting together a retrospective show which will honor and celebrate this landmark series, so please stay tuned," she said.

Akil also thanked everyone who has worked on the show as well as the viewers.

"Although it's always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the history that 'Girlfriends' has made, the human stories that we told, the beautifully complex images that we projected and the blessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally and professionally," she said.
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