Darren Star is the producer of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Sex and the City and other shows.
On Sunday night, HBO's mobster drama The Sopranos will come to an end after six seasons.
Darren Star, creator and producer of another long-running HBO hit, Sex and the City, shares his take on how to write a satisfying ending to an iconic show.
The endeavor can be a challenge because show producers can face competing objectives: delivering the "ratings event" that networks want from a series finale, and fulfilling the viewers' need for a closing that honors the characters.
"There's something that's always going to ring a little false [in ending a series]," Star says. "The idea of viewers getting invested in a series is that you're getting invested in the reality of these characters' lives that, in fact, don't have an ending."