“Girlfriends” canceled and I’m still sad

I love “Girlfriends”.  It was first broadcast in 2000 with stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks and Persia White playing four friends living in Los Angeles.  The relationship drama, the wonderful clothing, and images of professional African American women doing big things, dealing with life’s struggles.  I think it’s a great show, although I was mad when they let “Tony” go.  I got over it.

Girlfriends” creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil released a statement expressing appreciation for the sitcom’s historic eight-season run, which was the longest-running live-action comedy on network TV when it was canceled last week by the CW.

      “Although it’s always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the history that Girlfriends has made, the human stories that we told, the beautifully complex images that we projected and the blessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally and professionally,” Akil, said in her statement Thursday.

       “I am immensely thankful to the amazingly talented cast, writers, directors, staff and crew for their endless dedication and hard work for eight seasons, to the network that always wanted us and the studio that always supported us,…But mostly to the audience, especially African-American women, who took the time to tune into us every Monday night at nine to have a dialogue with us and who have been our partner in this journey.”

Thank you, Mara…Thank you so much for what you created!

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6 responses to ““Girlfriends” canceled and I’m still sad

  1. yvonnjanae

    I with someone would spill the real reason why Toni left. This show was 10 times better than “Sex and the City” but never got one-tenth the press or accolades. It had reached its logical end, though. Now it’s time for something new.

  2. Actually they didn’t let Toni go, Jill Marie Jones did not renew her contract for the next season. In fact she didn’t even tell Tracee and the other costars that she wasn’t renewing. On the last day of shooting she got her folding chair put it in her trunk and left. When the execs called she said no because she wanted to pursue movies. Unfortunately she hasn’t really done a good movie yet, an dher leaving the show brought about its demise because the chemistry just wasn’t the same without Toni.

    I hope CW will at least give the show the dignity of shooting a finale to properly close out the show

  3. Felicia

    What a shame, the only show where African American women can showcase their beauty, talent, and all the other finer attributes women of color exhibit that are completely ignored by the mainstream media. I think African Ameican women should begin to take a more prooactive stand. How about if we stopped patronizing the cosmetic companies, the fashion industry, and all the other industries that ignore our beauty, brains, and talents. Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, seen one, seen them all. They all represent just one type of woman,completely ignoring the beautiful melting pot of so many other colorful races of women. I am fed up. How about the rest of you?

  4. Screw all those idiots, they only mess up your life even more! I talk from experience!

  5. yvonnjanae

    Sorry about the miss-type in my first post. It should have said “I wish someone would spill the real reason …”

  6. After reading this article,I want to go out to see the movie with my boy firend.
    Goodbye and Good Luck.

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