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HBO pays respects

'Six Feet Under' ushers in its final season

HOLLYWOOD — HBO threw a wake for a show about dead people and morticians when the cabler kicked off the final season of “Six Feet Under” at Tuesday’s Chinese Theater screening and Hollywood Roosevelt after-party.

“If the show has taught me anything, it’s that nothing lasts,” said creator-writer Alan Ball. “Celebrate while it’s here, then move on.”

Ball seemed in an upbeat mood, partly from seeing the season’s opening episode presented theatrically. “Every year we have a premiere, and every year I think, Why not see every episode on a big screen with hundreds of people watching?”

HBO Entertainment prexy Carolyn Strauss said she regretted the series is going off the air, but added: “This was as much life as Alan thought was in the show. I think the fact that Alan came off an Academy Award win and chose this was miraculous — and staying with it for five years was miracle No. 2.”

The series is down to filming its last episode. “Dense and satisfying” is the way exec producer Alan Poul described the last season. “It ends the right way,” he said. “I’d love to be able to say that about anything in my life. It’s just easier to do in art.”