A&E cancels Intervention after 243 interventions

Intervention will end after airing five more episodes, having been cancelled by A&E.

A press release from the network spins the cancellation by announcing that it “returns for its final five episodes.” Those start June 13, airing Thursdays at 9, and the last episode is, the release says, “one of the most difficult and dramatic episodes in the series’ history.” (For some insight into how challenging is to even film the show, a camera operator answered questions a few years ago.)

A&E EVP of programming David McKilliop said in a press release, “we’re proud to have paved the way for such an original and groundbreaking series. We’re honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals that are currently sober to this day.”

The show has had a pretty high success rate (71 percent as of two years ago). One of those 243 interventions was a recent episode featuring a former cast member from the reality series Endurance.

Having found considerably more success with the scripted series Duck Dynasty, this cancellation is not a surprise. A&E also appears to have cancelled Hoarders, though it has not yet said that officially, which would mean the end of its sometimes controversial but truly reality-driven reality series that illuminated challenging but important subjects. Sad.

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