After five seasons, 'Leverage' has been cancelled by TNT, which means that next week's season finale will be its final episode. In past years, the show has faced cancellation only to get saved with a last minute renewal. Unfortunately, that last minute rescue didn't arrive this time around.

Fortunately for fans, the season (and now series) finale, titled "The Long Goodbye Job" was written to function as a final episode, just in case the show wasn't renewed. Hopefully, that'll mean the show will go out gracefully, giving every character the ending they deserve and leaving fans happy. Here's TNT's official statement about the cancellation of the show, which reads like a pretty boilerplate press release:

"TNT’s Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its “stand up for the little guy” attitude and its terrific performances from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of Leverage, who have been the driving force behind its success."

For fans hoping for a more personal statement on the matter, you'll have to look to the 'Leverage' fan site, where executive producer Dean Devlin has posted the following letter:

"The Long Goodbye is our final goodbye.

It has been decided today that this Tuesday’s episode of Leverage “The Long Goodbye Job” will be the series finale as TNT has decided not to renew the show for a sixth season.

I want to take the opportunity to thank TNT for five amazing seasons and 77 episodes of a show that has been so good to me.  I’m incredibly proud of the show and what we’ve accomplished.  Throughout this journey TNT have been the most amazing partners.  Their support and collaboration I will cherish forever.

I also want to thank everyone involved in making the show.  Tim, Gina, Beth, Christian and Aldis are the finest ensemble of actors I’ve ever worked with.  They’ve become our partners, our friends and our family.

The amazing crew who pulled off miracles every day on our show.  Thank you for everything you’ve contributed.  Your blood and sweat is in every frame of our series and I’m eternally in your debt.

And, of course, on behalf of everyone involved in the show, thank you to all the fans who’ve supported us and the show.  You have amazed us all.  We love you and thank you all.

I’m so happy we were able to film the series finale we had always envisioned and I’m happy we’re able to present it on Christmas as our gift to you.  It’s a bittersweet goodbye."

The final episode of 'Leverage' where air this Tuesday, the 25th of December. What do you think? Are you going to miss this show?