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May 3, 3:29 PM EST

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Goodbye "Gilmore Girls." The sharp-witted saga of an independent mother and daughter that added to the luster of the young WB network, will end its run after seven seasons.

The show, which last year moved to the CW network created by the merger of WB and UPN, will air its final episode May 15 at 8 p.m. EDT, CW and producer Warner Bros. Television announced Thursday.

"Gilmore Girls," starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel and created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, "helped define a network and created a fantastic storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters," CW and the studio said in a joint statement.

They thanked fans for their "passionate support" promised to give the show "the send-off it deserves."

Ratings had dipped this season for the series, which lost Sherman-Palladino as its guiding hand because of a contract dispute.

The drama with comic overtones followed the lives of single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Graham) and her equally bright and beautiful daughter as they grew up together, struggled through romances and tried to find their place in the world.

Rapid-fire patter, the series' hallmark, delighted fans but took a toll on its cast.

"Getting the language perfect requires a number of takes that you might not have on another show," Graham told The Associated Press in January 2006.

"It's just a lot of work — 13, 14 hours door to door. I've missed weddings, I've missed babies being born. I'm not complaining, because of what it has brought me, but I would be ready for a different balance."

Sherman-Palladino and her husband and fellow executive producer, Daniel Palladino, left after failing to come to terms with the studio on a new deal, and the series struggled creatively and in the ratings this season.

The April 24 episode drew fewer than 4 million viewers, down about 25 percent compared to the same time last year.

As production on the show got under way last fall, its future then uncertain, Graham speculated about the final chapter.

"I care very much how the story ends," Graham said told the AP.

"... It would be my worst nightmare if we end the show with a wedding. To me, the premise of the show was, `What if your parent was your best friend?'"

"That's the thing you leave people with, the strength of this family and this relationship," she said.

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'Gilmore Girls' canceled

Final episode to air May 15

By JOSEF ADALIAN

After weeks of talks aimed at bringing the show back for a limited run next season, the CW and Warner Bros. TV have decided to wrap production on the dramedy focusing on the witty banter between mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel). Skein, now in its seventh season, will air its final episode May 15.

Money was a key factor in the decision, with the parties involved not able to reach a deal on salaries for the main cast members. Other issues, such as number of episodes and production dates, may have also played a role.

In addition, CW execs may have been influenced by early internal reaction to their fall pilots. That the net is willing to move on without a key, albeit modestly rated, player indicates that the CW may like the state of its drama development.

One of the net's hot prospects is another femme-focused drama, the Josh Schwartz-Stephanie Savage hour "Gossip Girl." Also getting great buzz is the supernatural hour "Reaper."

"It was such a hard decision," said CW prexy Dawn Ostroff. "Everyone came to the point where we decided it was just time to move on. But I think everybody is walking away with good feelings. We all tried to make it work."

"Gilmore" was a holdover from the now-defunct WB network. Debuting in 2000, it quickly became one of the Frog's signature skeins, with critics eating up the relationship dramedy. Series was set in the fictional hamlet of Stars Hollow, Conn.

The CW and WBTV released a joint statement noting the passing Thursday morning. "This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters," the statement read.

David Rosenthal exec produced and served as showrunner on the current season of "Gilmore," which was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. WBTV and the CW thanked the producers and cast for their work, as well as critics who supported the show with glowing reviews.

"(We) promise to give this series the sendoff it deserves," the statement said.

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UPDATED: Why Gilmore Girls is Ending

In the end, they just couldn't strike a deal.

That, in a nutshell, is the reason Gilmore Girls isn't returning for an eighth season.

Multiple sources confirm that Warner Bros. recently made one final offer to Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel that included sizeable salary bumps for both in exchange for a shortened 13-episode season. As is now obvious, that offer was rejected.

The show's cast and crew â€" many of whom thought an eighth season was in the bag â€" are said to be in a state of shock. "Everyone was pretty blindsided by this and still processing it at the moment," reports a Gilmore insider. "Talks must have broken down very, very recently because it came as one hell of a surprise."

The good news? The May 15 finale was meant to serve as either a series or season finale. And having just read the script, I can assure you that it's a satisfying conclusion to the series. As I previously teased, it brings Gilmore full circle.

Warner Bros. and the CW released this joint statement: "Announcing the final season of Gilmore Girls is truly a sad moment for everyone at The CW and Warner Bros. Television. This series helped define a network and created a fantastic, storybook world featuring some of television's most memorable, lovable characters. We thank Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino, Dave Rosenthal, the amazing cast led by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as well as the producers, writers and crew for giving us this delightful gem for the past seven years. We would also like to thank the critics and Gilmore fans for their passionate support and promise to give this series the send off it deserves."

Much more to come. In the meantime, post your eulogies below. Stay strong, guys.

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I'm sad, but I thought the finale was very good. It ended as I wished, the characters remained true to themselves, and the show really did come full circle.

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I was a little dissappointed in the finale. I felt Rory's breakup with logan last week was contrived. But like you said everything was full-circle and where the heck was chris???? I feared they would tell us what was going to happen to the characters like 5 years later or something, I hate when shows end like that but they didn't. I just wish luke/lorelai had a better ending, they barely had any scenes together this season and all they got was a kiss at the end, luke throwing rory a party, and luke making lor/rory coffee/breakfast.

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I was displeased.

Sorry, I already said it in the Cocktail Lounge, but this is the right topic for it so yeah, I said it~! I was displeased!!!

It just was NOT a finale episode. Not series. Maybe season. No, hell, not even season! It just went away quietly. I didn't get chills, a warm fuzzy feeling or cry. How is that a finale?!!

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I've stopped somewhere in the middle of Season 6... I plan to watch the rest, but I'm worried about the loss of quality in Season 7 that everyone's talking about. Still, I'll watch it someday and see if I share the opinion.

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