Sorry Clutchette’s it is looking like there will not be a proper finale for the long-running sitcom ‘Girlfriends.’ On February 12, 2007, Black Voices reported that the Kelsey Grammer-produced sitcom, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Reggie Hayes, was one of the first casualties following the end of the Writer’s Guild strike and that The CW had opted to cancel it without fulfilling its remaining nine episodes.
They have now learned that The CW made the cast members an offer to return for a “retrospective” episode that would feature recaps of the previous shows and cast members reflecting on those shows. The CW apparently only offered to pay the actors half of their episodic salary to shoot the makeshift finale, thus the stars collectively opted not to participate.
In addition, several people close to show stated that The CW refuses to honor the contracts of the principal cast members and does not intend to pay the actors for the nine episodes that will not be taped. Now the show stars have [allegedly] hired a litigator who will file a joint lawsuit on behalf of the talent, suing the network for the money they are due.
“The network told them point blank, ‘Sue us!’ After using this show to help build its name, The CW has turned their back on them and disrespected them in the most horrible way,” said someone associated with the show, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
A rep for The CW was unaware of a pending lawsuit or the latest developments with the show’s finale. “To the best of our knowledge no lawsuits have been filed. Nor is there any new word on finale special,” said show publicist Paul McGuire via e-mail.