FX gave The Shield a new lease on life Monday, ordering a seventh and final season of the drama series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The fate of the critically acclaimed cop drama was uncertain heading into the second half of its sixth season in early 2007. Now those 10 episodes will be followed up by a fresh batch of 13 episodes to air in late 2007 or early 2008.
Shield creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan will return as showrunner, along with the entire cast for the remaining 23 episodes, including Michael Chiklis. Forest Whitaker, who joined the series this year, will return on a limited basis for the remainder of the sixth season.