10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Animal Kingdom' Renewed for Sixth and Final Season at TNT
Animal Kingdom is coming to an end.
The TNT drama from exec producer John Wells has been renewed for a sixth and final season on the WarnerMedia-backed basic cable network.
The news arrives after the drama, based on the feature film of the same name, was not able to return for its traditional summer run because of the pandemic. Season four wrapped in August 2019. Season five, which recently returned to production, will premiere this coming summer. The final season is earmarked for summer 2022.
Animal Kingdom remains a top performer for TNT and one of the cabler's few remaining scripted originals. The drama starring Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Leila George, Rigo Sanchez and Jon Beavers was a top 10 cable drama among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and total viewers in 2019.
Season five will focus on the fallout after Smurf's (series lead Ellen Barkin) surprising death in season four. The show will also flash back to 1984 and follow a young Smurf forging her own path while raising two kids.
With the final season announcement, TNT's slate of originals continues to shrink. The cabler will also wrap drama Claws this year after four seasons. Brett Weitz, the GM who oversees the day to day for TNT and sibling cablers TBS and truTV, also has the second season of drama Snowpiercer. Meanwhile, comedy-focused TBS has a scripted roster that includes The Last O.G., Miracles Workers, animated comedy American Dad and the upcoming Chad, which has been in the works for years after being originally developed at Fox under former network chief Kevin Reilly.
As for Wells, he's in the midst of writing the 11th and final season of Showtime hit Shameless (which will wrap its run this year). Next up is Netflix dramedy Maid, also due this year. He has multiple projects in the works at HBO Max, including Susan Sarandon-led Red Bird Lane, and a sprawling development slate under his rich nine-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.