E! News has word that HBO and Lena Dunham are ending Girls after season six. The fifth run is premiering next month, meaning the series finale would likely show up in early 2017. (The show has always premiered in the first months of the year, most commonly in January.) Variety also has sources dishing the same news, writing that an official announcement is expecting on Thursday at the bi-annual Television Critics Association press tour.
"The notion that Girls would call it quits after season six isn't too surprising, however," E! writes. "Dunham has repeatedly mentioned in interviews her desire to stop at a half-dozen series." They point us back to a recent radio call-in where Hannah Horvath's IRL counterpart said, "I started working on this show when I was 23, and I'm going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world."
In addition to creating and starring in Girls, Lena Dunham is also one of the critically adored show's writers and producers. Since the 2012 premiere, Dunham has appeared in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, HBO's tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell and, of course, Taylor Swift's celeb-studded "Bad Blood" video. Dunham already has another pilot, Max, in the works at HBO, a '60s-set feminist comedy she'll direct and executive produce.