10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Bold Type' Renewed for Final Season at Freeform
The Bold Type's end is in sight.
Freeform has handed out a fifth and final season renewal for its signature drama starring Katie Stevens. The final season, which will air this year, will consist of six episodes. That's down from 16 in season four and 10 apiece in its first three cycles. Additionally, Nikohl Boosheri will reprise her role as fan favorite Adena El-Amin.
The series, which revolves around young women working for a magazine in New York while balancing their career ambitions and personal lives, wrapped the second half of its fourth season last summer on the Disney-owned basic cable network.
While ratings were down year-over-year as viewers continued to migrate from cable to streaming, The Bold Type has been a brand-defining show for Freeform. Picked up to series after being originally developed at NBC, the Cosmopolitan-inspired drama was developed by Freeform's former head of originals Karey Burke as part of the cabler's increased focus on programming that spoke directly to its young adult demo.
The final-season pickup is among the first decisions made by Freeform's new executive regime, with Tara Duncan replacing Tom Ascheim as president at the cable network last year. She has since set her exec team, led by head of originals Jamila Hunter.
"The Bold Type is a brand-defining show for Freeform. It’s been refreshing, relatable and fun to watch Kat, Jane and Sutton lean on their friendship to navigate the complexities of modern life,” Duncan said. "It’s one of my favorite shows, and I am proud that we are giving the series the sendoff Wendy, the incredible cast and crew, and the beloved fans all deserve.”
Created by former showrunner Sarah Watson, the drama has had three showrunners over its run after Wendy Straker Hauser (who has been with the series since season one) took over for Amanda Lasher after the freshman run.
"The Bold Type has been a gift that has truly changed my life. I spent my 20s in New York City working in magazines, so in many ways the show feels very personal to my experiences," Hauser said. “I have truly loved writing this show and living in this world. I will miss it terribly, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and glad to know it’s been a comfort to so many people out there."
The Bold Type hails from Universal Television and is produced in association with Freeform and The District. Matt McGuiness, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and Joanna Coles executive produce alongside Hauser.
The Bold Type is part of a dwindling roster of scripted originals at Freeform that also includes Grown-ish, Good Trouble, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Motherland: Fort Salem and the upcoming Cruel Summer.