Goodbye to 'Gilmore Girls' on May 15


"Gilmore Girls" is coming to an end.

The CW and Warner Bros. Television said Thursday that the long-running series, which debuted on WB Network in 2000 and this season became part of the CW's inaugural schedule, will have its series finale at 8 p.m. May 15.

Sources said that an offer had been put on the table for the show's two stars -- Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel -- to continue the series, but an agreement could not be reached.

In a joint statement, the network and studio said that making the announcement about the show's end is a "sad moment."

"This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters," the statement said.

"Gilmore Girls" was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who along with fellow executive producer Daniel Palladino left the show at the end of last season after a contract dispute with WBTV. The CW and the studio praised the duo along with current executive producer David S. Rosenthal and the rest of the producers, writers, crew and cast members.

"We would also like to thank the critics and 'Gilmore' fans for their passionate support and promise to give this series the sendoff it deserves," the statement said.

In its first season, the CW's schedule was comprised primarily of shows from the WB and UPN, which merged to form the new network last year. While "Gilmore" won't be returning in the fall, it's understood that the CW is high on its development slate for the 2007-08 season.