The sun is quickly setting on Justified.
As the contemporary Western's cast and crew shoot a scene for the show's penultimate season, the light is going, even though it's only 4:15pm. But in the mountains of California's Angeles National Forest — which are standing in for the deep, dark hills of Kentucky, the show's setting — the sun rises late and sets early.
Fans and FX might not be ready for Justified to go, but the cast and crew are.
The network confirmed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter previews that the drama, based on Elmore Leonard's "Fire in the Hole" short story, will end after its sixth season next year — a decision creator and executive producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant came to after a "long conversation."
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At Tuesday's Television Critics Association winter TV previews, FX CEO John Landgraf reported the cable networks was up 2 percent in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4 percent total.
Justified just kicked off its fifth season on Tuesday, but fans of the FX drama are already looking ahead to the sixth season, because it very well may be its last.
Ending the show after its sixth season is "the plan right now," FX president Nick Grad told Variety at Justified's Monday premiere.
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It ain't easy being Justified's Boyd Crowder. But creating the character? That's a heckuva good time, both for actor Walton Goggins and exec producer Graham Yost. "He's changed a lot over the seasons," Goggins tells TV Guide Magazine. "That's been so rewarding for me as an actor. And he's got a lot more changes to go."