I think that we could have augmented some of that with new faces.

TVLINE | What was your reaction when ABC told you the show had been canceled? And I think they just finally were unable to do it.

TVLINE | Over the years, you’ve had to say good-bye to a number of castmembers.

Was it a relief, in a way, because now you wouldn’t have to trim the cast further?

I don’t think anybody was going to get cut, but [we would’ve had to] lessen the number of episodes that people were going to be in.

amid reports that a shortened sixth season of the veteran family drama was being considered.

In the end, budgetary issues brought the Walkers’ journey of secret siblings, partnership issues, lost love and family ties to an end. I am so grateful for those years, and I’m so glad that we could tell as many stories as we could.

Below, executive producer David Marshall Grant tells TVLine what he would have changed about the de facto series finale, hints at what was in store for the Walkers — another health scare for Kitty? TVLINE | Did ABC give you a reason for the cancellation? Our show was very expensive to produce and there are ways that we were saving money along the years.

— and reveals what it was like saying goodbye to the show’s on and offscreen family. I think that there was an attempt to find a way to hit that magic number that [ABC] could produce the show at.

TVLINE | Speaking of the family, have you talked to any of the cast? I’ve spoken to some of the cast, and I’ve exchanged e-mails.