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"Girlfriends" returns for its triumphant eighth year, providing an open, honest exploration of the hot-button issues about family, friends, relationships and life facing women today. With fearlessness and sincerity, the show takes on universal issues that interest all women. Whether it's being recently engaged, exploring your career or balancing friendships or loss and a new baby, "Girlfriends" treats them all with tenderness, care and respect.

At the end of the show's seventh season, Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross, "Daddy's Little Girls") was swept off her feet by a surprise engagement party given by her boyfriend Aaron (Richard T. Jones, "Judging Amy"); Maya (Golden Brooks, "Beauty Shop") and Darnell (Khalil Kain, "Juice") learned they were expecting a baby and have now decided to move out of the suburbs and back to the city; Lynn (Persia White) remained committed to focusing on her music career; and William (Reggie Hayes, "Getting Personal") and Monica (Keesha Sharp) were looking forward to starting life together as a married couple.

In 2004, "Girlfriends" received its first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in a Multi-Camera Series. The series has received NAACP Image Award nominations for four years, including a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Tracee Ellis Ross also earned her sixth consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, including one win in 2007, and received the 2005 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Golden Brooks won the 2006 BET Comedy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and co-star Reggie Hayes won the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2006, the show won a BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

"Girlfriends" is a production of Happy Camper Productions and Grammnet Productions in association with CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier," "The Game"), creator Mara Brock Akil ("The Game," "Moesha," "The Jamie Foxx Show") and Regina Hicks ("Sister, Sister") serve as executive producers.