Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Canceled, To End After Season 5

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Back in April, we got the incredible news that Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce was renewed for an astounding three more seasons.

Now some other news is coming our way that indicates we won't be spending as much time with Girlfriends as we may have anticipated.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, we'll be getting a total of 19 episodes from these three season which will be carved out so that Season 3 has seven episodes and Seasons 4 and 5 each have six.

That's a far cry from the 13 episode seasons we had previously, and all told, we only less time with our favorite divorced ladies going into the three-season renewal than we do coming out of Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Season 1 and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Season 2.

All three seasons will be filmed at once, and in doing that, it will be easier for them to air closer together.

The plan is for them to roll out and air in conjunction with other popular scripted series on Bravo, including Jill Karger's Odd Mom Out and the upcoming series from Paul Adelstein, My So Called Wife.

"Shooting all of the episodes in one large bunch is just best for Marti, who is a very in demand showrunner — she has movies and miniseries going left and right," UCP chief content officer Jeff Wachtel told THR.

"This is a way for us to really capture her attention for a period of time. She knows, 'Good, and once I do this, I'm out. I don't have to keep putting my life on hold to come back.'"

"We want to enable Marti to tell the story she always imagined for Abby McCarthy and her friends without the constraints of season to season orders, fully realized through to completion," said Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCU Cable Entertainment.

Berwick also noted that shorter time between seasons keeps the material relevant and on the minds of viewers between seasons.

From her standpoint, Marti Noxon acknowledged the shooting schedule was a bear. Going back and forth to Vancouver could be troublesome on everyone, and shooting everything at once will be a lot easier.

Not necessarily on her, however, as this new productions schedule means writing more scripts in less time. 

But Noxon admits she's had an image of the end in mind for quite some time. 

"From the beginning, I've had an idea of how I've wanted the series to end so at least I had that picture in my head," she said.

Noxon is also an executive producer on UnREAL, and with her time freed up, she may become more of an active player behind the scenes on Season 3. "It's an ongoing conversation...she said cryptically," was Noxon's humorous take on that move.

She also has an HBO project with Amy Adams coming up, the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. That's set to go into production just as GG2D closes out in March.

So while we may be losing Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce a little sooner than we'd like (just based on the number of episodes), we'll always have the work of Marti Noxon and her brilliant insight into the lives of women to carry us forward.

If you need to catch up, you can watch Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce online to do so. There is no word on when the next season will begin at this time.

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Quotes

Abby: Well, people know. I can tell. Eric Frank eye-banged me at drop off. He's like a divorce seeking missile.
Lyla: Yeah, well, he finger-banged Marjorie Davis so count yourself lucky.

Abby: You smell like sex.
Jake: Screw you.