Just to throw something out there, but have you ever wondered why they made season 5? By then, it was very clear that almost everyone involved wanted to move on. So why not stop at the end of season 4? It would have been a better ending to the show for starters (David forgives Maddie, no loss of the baby, etc..) and a tv show without its' creator is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Maybe it had something to do with everyone's contracts? Did it say somewhere that they had to continue for a certain amount of episodes?
Just a little thought that I had. What's your take on it?
They made what was certain to be Moonlighting's final season for the same reason they did NOT prioritize making it a satisfactory ending for David and Maddie...
Money was all that mattered.
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Bruce Willis was contracted from the beginning for 5 seasons. (Apparently, Cybill Shepherd was not, since she was able to threaten to leave if Glenn Gordon Caron stayed on.) With season 4 of Moonlighting still doing well overall in the Nielsen ratings and Bruce Willis achieving movie stardom with Die Hard, ABC had two solid reasons to believe they could get more advertising dollars for Moonlighting season 5 than whatever new show might fill the hour, even if "a case of poison ivy’s more fun."
Anyone who has spent some time here in recent years knows how I feel about seasons 4-5 (and "To Heiress Human"), so I'll leave it at that for now.