Darren Star: How to End a Hit Show

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Darren Star

Darren Star is the producer of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Sex and the City and other shows. hide caption

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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."

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