May 23, 2013 11:46am PT by Lesley Goldberg
A&E Cancels 'Intervention' After 13 Seasons
A&E has staged its final Intervention.
The network announced Thursday that the long-running docuseries will come to an end following the final five episodes of its 13th season.
“As Intervention comes to an end, we’re proud to have paved the way for such an original and groundbreaking series,” said David McKillop, executive vp programming at A&E Network and Bio Channel. “We’re honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals that are currently sober to this day.”
The final five-episode season -- kicking off Thursday, June 13, at 9 p.m. -- will feature what the cable network dubs its most "intense" and "gripping" stories yet. During its run, Intervention earned two Emmy nominations for outstanding reality series, taking home the statuette in 2009.
The cancellation comes as A&E has found watercooler and ratings success with docuseries Duck Dynasty, which in April topped American Idol with its record-breaking finale ratings. The season finale drew a record 9.6 million viewers and 5.5 million among adults 18-49.
The move also comes a year after A&E canceled one of its former signature series, Dog the Bounty Hunter, after eight seasons.