Tanner Stransky
May 11, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s last call for coffee at Luke’s Diner: On May 4, The CW announced that it’s wrapping up the quip-smart Gilmore Girls with the May 15 finale. Though talks between the starring duo — Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel — and Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show, had been ongoing for months, all parties reportedly couldn’t agree on issues such as scheduling. (A source says Bledel, for one, was ”open to doing an abbreviated season” — possibly 13 episodes.) Creative concerns no doubt also played a role: In 2006, Gilmore suffered a blow when exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino departed just as it moved from The WB to The CW, and total viewership has fallen by nearly 20 percent since last season. ”The end of Gilmore is not shocking news,” says a show insider. ”In fact, [the May 15] episode was conceived as a series — not season — finale, right from the start.”

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