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UPDATE: There's More To The Girlfriends Story

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The YBF broke the news yesterday that Girlfriends has officially been cancelled and the network is not even planning to shoot a finale episode.  And now another source involved in the production of Girlfriends tells The YBF that the production team was in the process of bring back Jill Marie Jones (Toni Childs) for this year's season/series finale.  The source says this is critical to inform people of because "Toni Childs" leaving is the biggest complaint that the cast and crew have encountered about the show and one that they would have answered had they been given the opportunity.  Bringing Jill back was something they wanted to do for a long time and there was a story arc in place that was going to include that in the season finale. Also, Girlfriends was one year away from being the longest running African American sitcom in television history.  Longer than Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Martin, A Different World, The Jeffersons, etc.  It is currently tied for longest running African American sitcom of all time with The Cosby Show.  And the source says that ninth year was something Mara Brock Akil (the show's creator and executive producer) really wanted to accomplish and something that the team feels they should have been given an opportunity to do. The source is so adamant about readers, watchers, and fans demanding that this show get its proper due, they sent over the DIRECT contact info for the offices of head execs in charge. They made clear that the general contacts likely won't get the message to them.  To write or call DIRECTLY to the people who matter in order to express your disappointment and desire to  have another season (or at least a proper finale): President Of Entertainment (CW) Dawn Ostroff 818-977-2525 Director Of Current Programming (CW) Traci Blackwell 818-977-2537 President of CBS Paramount Network TV Nancy Tellem 323-575-2380 nancy.tellem@tvc.cbs.com And while you're in the "do something" mode-GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY if you are a resident of the DC, Maryland, or Virginia areas.  Polls in MD and DC close at 8p est and polls in VA close at 7p est.

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it definitely sucks... poor

it definitely sucks... poor joan, we won't get to see her get marrried... (T_T)
JedMeister's picture

Oh man I liked this show a

Oh man I liked this show a lot it was one of my favorite shows to watch. I am bumbed that anyone that like this show will not get to see the end when joan was going to get married. :(
Brittney's picture

I AGREE WIT U GIRL AND NOT

I AGREE WIT U GIRL AND NOT JUS BCUZ IM BLACK BUT BCUZ UR RITE IT AINT FAIR AND I IANT TUNING ON TO THE WHITE SHOWS NO DISRESPECTIN ANNIONE BUT THIS AINT FAIR TO ALL BLACKS WHO LYK DIS SHOW BCUZ I NO SUM WHITE PEOPLE DO I THINK U RITE ABOUT BLACK SHOWS GETTIN CANCELLED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lady joice's picture

i agree with jolie and it

i agree with jolie and it isnt fair that my alltime fav show is being cancelle and by looking at these people who luv this show im not the only one and helll no we aint goin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 power to all my fellow girlfriendz this aint fair to all BLACKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lady joice's picture

I KNOW THAT I AM LATE BUT IM

I KNOW THAT I AM LATE BUT IM JUST NOW FINDING OUT GIRLFRIENDS ENDED. I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY WITH MY JOB. I BUY THE DVD'S AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT...IM VERY DISSAPOINTED AND SAD, HURT TO MY HEART THAT OVER....IM A LOYAL FAN FOREVER..... ;(
SAMARRI's picture

I Think that the cancelation

I Think that the cancelation of girlfriend, is truly, truly disappointing. I, along with my faithful watch party, have followed the cast and crew of girlfriend since it's very first step......from the moving of networks, it's changing of times, the loosing of jill jones, all of it. It is one of the few shows left that i, as a women and as a black woman, that i can relate to. Over the past years, the show girlfriends has made me cry, made me laugh, made me scream an yell, and that was all in the last show..lol... In a wierd way, i kind of feel like the cast of Girlfriends has become like my real girls. Every week i tune in to hear thier stories, i watch and listen like i would if i were talkin to my own friend. i feel how they feel when they hurt, when they are happy, when they are in love. Although i am truly grateful for the writers, producers, cast, and crew of girlfriends for bringing the show into my life, i am terrible sad and disturbed by the sudden cancellation of the show. i also think that after all the work that the cast has put into the show, and also the work of the faithful fans, that it is beyound disrespactful to cancel the show without a finale, without and ending. the cast has spent years putting the history into each caracter. the veiwers have spent years getting to know and love each charcter and without a blink of an eye, the HBIC's of the show, just came in and killed all of it. i will miss spending each Monday at 8 on the sofa with my girlfriends. Maria akil and the cast of girlfriend have done something special and will be watched and loved by me and many, for years to come.
e-rod's picture

OMG!!! This is ridiculous...

OMG!!! This is ridiculous... I love the show. I am a faithful viewer/fan. i know men that watch the show and that love it too. WE really need to make something happen because this is some BS.
Tasha's picture

I liked Toni too, but she did

I liked Toni too, but she did not make the show. The fact that the show is called "girlfriends" meaning that Toni is not the only character that myself and my "GIRLFRIENDS" could relate to.I think that every character is dealing with issue(s) that we all as black women could relate to. We don't have many black tv shows that hold substance. Yes she was the most dramatic one. Further more I don't think it is right that the network is canceling the show and to cancel without a fanale speaks vulume to the black community.. Seem to me if it were friends or any other white show there would be a campainge promoting the finale, the finale after party...the hole nine. Yes there seems to be some racisim here. If the "CW" do not value the African America Community views,we should re-consider letting them into our homes. Yes there was a writers strike and they are back to work now. SOOOOOOOOOO what .Are any other non-black show being canceled and canceled without a finale?
janet's picture

Here is the

Here is the petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/GirlfriendsFinaleNeeded
Alexis's picture

The difference is that those

The difference is that those shows had time to come up with finales. Girlfriends had a planned finale, but the strike messed those plans up. It actually makes sense for the cash-strapped CW to concentrate on the shows that will return, instead of the shows that will not be back.
Berry's picture

Girlfriends has been on too

Girlfriends has been on too long not to get a proper ending. However, it hasn't been any good lately and doesn't DESERVE to go down in history as the longest running Black show. Continuing a show for the sake of breaking a record is ridiculous. Especially when writers on the show apparently went on strike way before the real strike began.
DollFace's picture

SOMEONE START A PETITION!!!!

SOMEONE START A PETITION!!!! I WILL SIGN IT AND I BET WE CAN GET TONS OF SIGNATURES. MAKE A GENERIC LETTER OR SOMETHING WE CALL ALL PRINT OUT AND MAIL. I WOULD DO IT BUT I SUCK AT MAKING WEBSITES. I'LL SEARCH ONLINE IN CASE SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY STARTED A PETITION. I SENT AN EMAIL TO NANCY TELLEM.
NEEKAH's picture

When Toni left you could just

When Toni left you could just tell the show was off a little. Yeah she wasnt a real important character but she was a part of a really great group and they needed her to be complete IMO. And now the show just sucks to be honest. It can't even keep my attention anymore, whereas I could sit and watch those BET Girlfriend re-run marathons all day. I would love if they got thier finale and Toni came back, but it was due time for this show to be cancelled. And hella shows get cancelled without a finale. Not just black shows.
LC's picture

I know that the show has not

I know that the show has not been the same without Toni but I have been a Girlfriends fan since the beginning and if we are true fans, even though Toni was an important part of the show, we should still support the show even though she is no longer on it. Yeah,sometimes the episodes are boring now, and not always funny but if we were fans of the show from the beginning, I still have to watch just because Im a fan of the show. I cant just not watch cause Toni is gone. ANd "The Game" sucks. IT is not THAT good of a show and they probably wont last too much longer either. Everybody hates Chris was that deal!
A's picture

I

I
A's picture

I just placed my calls and

I just placed my calls and left detailed voicemails. I hope they improve the writing and let it roll. Keep up the calling and writing!
HBCUkidz's picture

But Friday Night Lights got

But Friday Night Lights got better promotion than Girlfriends ever did.
Matthew Milam's picture

i mean what kind of bullshit

i mean what kind of bullshit is this.. joans husband gets to come home and now the show gets canceled.. worthless!.. I will most definitely be writing and calling!!
Sonata's picture

I used to be a huge fan of

I used to be a huge fan of Girlfriends, but was turned off when Toni left. In my opinion, the show just was not the same. Although, I stopped watching, I think that the show after 8 seasons should of atleast been given a chance to end properly. Oh well that shows you that racism is still alive in 2008. VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!
Foxy's picture

this really sucks i mean damn

this really sucks i mean damn can we at least see joan get married????
mzbritt's picture

Friday Night Lights, which

Friday Night Lights, which has higher ratings than Girlfriends, is being canceled, after just being on the air for two seasons (really just one season since this season was cut short). So your arguement rings false.
Berry's picture

This is so disrespectful,I

This is so disrespectful,I get so tired of these networks doing “urban” shows like this, they did the same thing to Living Single and Half and Half, this is ridiculous at least give them the opportunity to wrap the series up. GEEZ!
keke's picture

The Jefferson's was on the

The Jefferson's was on the air for eleven seasons, so Girlfriends wouldn't have set any records next year. And really, UPN/CW gave Girlfriends more than they got back.
Berry's picture

This is really sad,

This is really sad, Girlfriends was a really great show. I feel like if the CW had at least advertised Girlfriends and The Game as much as they do Gossip Girl, The Pussycat Dolls Presents and America's Next Top Model the show would have did a lot better. The least they could do is give the show an actual season finale. It the longest was the longest running show on the network.
Ty's picture

What? Family Matters ran for

What? Family Matters ran for 9yrs..get it right.. That's not cool tho, Girlfriends was my show!
starlight's picture

I don't necessarily think

I don't necessarily think it's Toni's departure that made the show lose viewers. I am a fan and have continued to watch the show, even though I feel the quality has decreased immensely. IMO, the problem is that the writers refuse to develop story lines fully. What ever happened to Joan dating Wayne Brady? (not that I'm begging to see Wayne Brady on anything. Ever. I'm ust making the point that he was her boyfriend and then was gone all of a sudden). What ever happened to Maya and Darnell's neighbor who was being beat up by her husband? What ever happened to the personal trainer girl who seemed to be poised to become the newest "girlfriend." They have established the show as one with continuity of storylines and I feel that they insult the viewers when they just drop storylines and pretend they never happened. Nonetheless, I agree that it shouldn't be cancelled - and if it is, they deserve a series finale. Oh, and girl I feel ya on being scared about your man liking Golden Brooks. My husband finds Rachael Ray attractive. How's THAT for scary?!
Eve's picture

WTF?! WHAT ARE THEY SMOKING

WTF?! WHAT ARE THEY SMOKING OVER THERE ARE THE CW? GIRLFRIENDS CANNOT BE CANCELLED!! I HAVE FORWARD THIS INFO TO EVERY WOMAN I KNOW AND WE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING THROUGH!! CAN SOMEONE START AN ONLINE PETITION OF SORTS?!
OH HELL NAW!'s picture

I JUST HEARD???!! NOW I

I JUST HEARD???!! NOW I KNOW YOU PEOPLE ARE GONNA HELP DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS OKAY COME-ON READY Y'ALL LET"S YBF AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN OKAY! ON THE STRENGHT OF NAT AND YBF - LET'S DO THIS "K"? WHAT IF WE MADE OUR CALLS AND LET EVERYBODY KNOW LIKE THIS: -Okay I just made my calls to: Dawn Ostroff's Office, President Of Entertainment (CW) 3300 West Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91505 they xfer you to a "comment line" WRITE A LETTER IN ADDITION TO LEETING THEM KNOW THAT YOU WILL BOYCOTT SPONSORS! (IF PEOPLE WANT I/WE CAN COMPOSE A LETTER INCLUDING SPONSORS WE WILL BOYCOTT!) -Director Of Current Programming (CW) Traci Blackwell 818-977-2537 NO LONGER TAKING CALLS Y'ALL - SISTER's PRESSIN' THIS HEIFER - I DON'T HAVE ANYMORE TIME TO GET THE WRITER TO ADDRESS - BUT SOMEONE CAN AND IF IT'S OKAY WITH TASH - POST IT HERE!! Director Of Current Programming (CW) Traci Blackwell 818-977-2537 THEY ARE ALSO PRESSED - POOR MS. TELLUM"S ASST. "BECKY" HAS BEEN DELUGED BY KEISHA AN 'DEM! LOLOLOL SEE NIGGAS - VOTE NICCA'S GET ANNNNYYYWWAAAY WRITE TO: AUDIENCE SERVICES 78000 BEverly BlVD Los Angeles, CA 90036 JUST WHOM DID THEY THINK THEY COULD DISMISS - DON"T LET IT HAPPEN OKAY?
Inna's picture

If Girlfriends doesnt come on

If Girlfriends doesnt come on next monday...I will cry!!!! The episodes last nigth were so funny and great!!! I was crying laughing when mya..ran out of the classroom!!!LMAO!!!LMAO!!! THAT MESS WAS SO SO FUNNY... i wanted Aaron to come back and reunite with Joan.... i wanted to see Lynn have a great music career...I wanted Mya to adopt a son... i want William and Monica to have their baby!!! AND MOST OF ALL....DRUMROLL PLEASE!!! I WANTED TONY CHILDS OF TONY CHILDS REALTY TO COME BACK TO HER GIRLS...AND LET US KNOW WHAT SHE HAS BEEN DOING WHEN SHE WAS AWAY!!! PLEASE CW DONT LET THIS HAPPEN... all i have now on Monday is The Game ( which is a great show....dont get me wrong) and Flavor of Love 3...(which i am embarrassed to say publicly that i watch) i am in law school....and I felt I LOOKED UP TO JOAN A LITTLE... after class i would come home watch the show and imagine me and my 3 girlfriends...me having the career of Joan (sans the restaurant...well maybe one day) and teh personality of Tony Childs....anyway i said all of this to say.... i will be blowing up whomever and whosever phone number is connected with CW and CBS Paramount.... Be fab YBF.
MS. MOORE's picture

[quote comment="35959"]Ok,

[quote comment="35959"]Ok, why are we writing letters about funky @ss Girlfriends, but when it comes to the real issues regarding our community we just sit on our @ssess. GTFOH!!!![/quote] So true! Bye-Bye Girls.....
misTy's picture

Of course those two

Of course those two pre-strike episodes of Girlfriends aired last night...
fyi's picture

Here are the future of "our"

Here are the future of "our" shows according to the TV Guide: Everybody Hates Chris - Twelve pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season. The Game - Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 8 or 9 additional episodes to air in March/April/May. Girlfriends - Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected, although a special one-hour series finale is being discussed.
fyi's picture

i called all three of those

i called all three of those execs did you call?
bonifant's picture

I don't think it's often

I don't think it's often practical to stick with a show until the end, often shows decline and become unwatchable. A lot of my favorite shows probably stayed on one or two years too long and watching them is neither pleasant or entertaining.
Zebop's picture

Diakonos is right. 7th

Diakonos is right. 7th Heaven -- a show way way past it's prime was canceled and brought back even after it filmed it's FINALE. Everyone was surprised by that choice.
Matthew Milam's picture

Girlfriends was over long

Girlfriends was over long before Toni left, not sure what all the hype is about her character because to me her role was no more important or impressive than the other 3 on the show and I can't see the big deal about her. I believe they all played a particular role and with one of the characters gone it threw the plot(s) off a bit but that would be the case if anyone of them left the show. Girlfriends lost its credibility a long time ago, right about when Joan quit the firm and became a complete idiot and when Toni got married. Sorry but I can't boycott CW right now cuz Im loving The Game.
BKBajan's picture

WTF is wrong with 'used to

WTF is wrong with 'used to be' fans. If you are no longer, you were never a fan. Stick with the show to the end. You will never know the outcome or turning around of the show. Some people says it not a B&W situation, but it is to a certain extent. The ceo and executes knew during this CW merger that they had certain stables coming from each network. And the higher powers that be should treat them with respect. Even lower rated shows have gotten the decency to bow out gracefully with a series finale / a final season.
diakonos's picture

wtfffff yooo. thats my show.

wtfffff yooo. thats my show. i'm hoping its not the truth. we can always count on reruns -shrugs-
rissa's picture

@ Matthew Milam- Living

@ Matthew Milam- Living Single had a finale. Khadija and Scooter got back together. I just saw it on Cable. Everyone may complain about the writing but it's way better than The House of Payne on TBS. That show should be cancelled!
Mrs. Jordan's picture

The executive producer waited

The executive producer waited too long to try and save “Girlfriends”. The chemistry between the cast was off and writing was weak. The network was trying to cancel this show a year go and the poor quality of the last season just gave them reason to. " Girlfriends" lost its creative spark and I'm surprised the producers didn't see that before the network did.
Pretty Paige's picture

How is the CW making the

How is the CW making the right move by cutting off their season like that? and right after the strike? ( to Dani)
Matthew Milam's picture

The problem my friend is that

The problem my friend is that with the strike over and everyone being allowed back to work, the networks have used this to clean house. Girlfriends wasn't even finished filming and their already canning it -- leaving most of the crew and cast out of work. Black people on the net kill me. Think about it for a second, you are part of the highest rated African-American show on television and you don't get a finale. Just like Living Single didn't get a finale. We don't deserve the chances we get on television to be honest. We don't appericate it enough to save it because we are looking at small things. "Oh the scripts are bad" "We'll I don't like so and so's hair!" This makes no sense -- these people are going to be out of work. No, I don't think they care as much as I do and probably don't really give a damn. But I have the right to give a damn just as much as people give a damn about Flav finding the next it girl to be with.
Matthew Milam's picture

This info is wrong. The

This info is wrong. The Jefferson ran 10 years.
Chris's picture

Ok, why are we writing

Ok, why are we writing letters about funky @ss Girlfriends, but when it comes to the real issues regarding our community we just sit on our @ssess. GTFOH!!!!
The Hostile One's picture

I wish that there was another

I wish that there was another next work willing to pick up Girlfriends. I have already sent an email and I have the numbers written down to start making calls. This si ridiculous and I'm ready to take a stand.
keqi's picture

So I left messages for all of

So I left messages for all of the contacts listed and I truly hope that they will give the show a proper finale. I'll be honest, yes GF hasn't been the same since say seasons 5 or 6 but the point is now we need a proper closure for the show. I don't believe the show can sustain another season, but you can't just treat this show like ish as if it hasn't had any impact on millions of people. This was my Sex and the City darnit! Everybody flood the lines at CW/CBS....
helltothenaw's picture

The show ran it's pace even

The show ran it's pace even when Toni was on the show! The writing just sucked big time this is nothing new for the die hard girlfriend fans. Sorry they had to go out like this, but it just wasn't funny anymore.
Lisa's picture

[quote comment="35919"]I

[quote comment="35919"]I think we should boycott CW since they don't care about maintaining black shows.[/quote] ---They are the only show that cares about Black Shows, you can't blame CW for the decline in ratings of Girlfriends its horrible---the acting is getting bland, the writing has been horrible because the storylines are so boring...I mean I can go on and on...I just feel that this show has ran its course and every show goes through it.They should be thankful for their long run... ---I still watch old Girlfriends episodes on BET and I absolutely LOVE them because they are hilarious...but the new season is so horrible its like they are driving the quality of the show into the ground just to say they made it to the last year... ---Making it to the last year doesn't mean anything if you don't have any fans to watch the last year along with you...I think CW is making the right move...
Dani's picture

MY

MY GIRRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLFRIENDDDDDDDDDSSSSS, THERE THROUGH THICK AND THIN............PLEASE DON'T GO. HELL NO WE WONT GO HELL NO WE WONT GO HELL NO WE WONT GO HELL NO WE WONT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeremy's girl's picture

i agree, the show was getting

i agree, the show was getting a little played. the point i want to make is about RESPECT. they are showing NONE, by stopping the show without a proper sendoff. many of the other shows that have/had been on that long - cosby show, the jeffersons, even good times had a series finale episode to wrap it all up. this show has given families, girlfriends, sista-friends some good laughs and deserves the respect that was given to "other" shows that were on the air less/equal to "girlfriends" such as friends, everybody hates raymond, king of queens, sex and the city, on and on and on...see a pattern! what they are TRYING to do to girlfriends is the same thing they did to martin, living single (already mentioned), all of us, one-on-one, and that show with essence atkins. we need to show that OUR shows will not be disrespected..after nearly 9 years of being a highly rated tv show and moneymaker for that network- to just let it disappear into the abyss w/o a word is wrong. i can only speak for myself when i say that I AM GOING TO BURN UP THEIR PHONE LINES AND EMAIL STARTING IMMEDIATELY. they will keep doing this to OUR shows until we stand behind OUR shows.
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