The WB will close its chapter on “Felicity” at the end of this season, after opting not to re-up the 4-year-old college drama for another season.
Series, which stars Keri Russell as student Felicity Porter, will return for its spring season on the netlet March 20 at 9. “Felicity” will sign off with a two-hour series finale May 22. (The WB has skedded the show in winter and spring seasons, avoiding a repeats, during the last two TV seasons.)
” ‘Felicity’ was one of the shows that helped put us on the map and establish the WB as a place for quality programming,” WB entertainment president Jordan Levin said. “It seems fitting to conclude such a coming-of-age story as the characters move on from college.”
Move is not entirely unexpected. Show’s ratings had tapered off, and the buzz during the last few months was that it might indeed wrap in May.
“It’s a bittersweet time for us on the show,” said “Felicity” exec producer J.J. Abrams, who created the show with fellow exec producer Matt Reeves.
“You think things like, ‘If they had promoted us this year, maybe we would have had a better shot.’ But at the end of the day, I think that we’re all just grateful to have had the chance to work for four years with such incredibly talented people on a show we love,” Abrams added.
To make room for “Felicity’s” return to the WB on Wednesdays at 9, original episodes of frosh drama “Glory Days,” which currently occupies the timeslot, will move to Mondays at 9 starting March 11. “Angel” will leave Mondays for five weeks rather than going into repeats.
On Wednesday, March 13 — a week prior to “Felicity’s” return — the WB will air two back-to-back episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” from 8 to 10.
“Felicity” is produced by Imagine Television in association with Touchstone Television.