The ‘kweens’ of Comedy Central will air their final season of Broad City in 2019. The show’s creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson announced the news in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Although the fifth season will be the last season, Glazer and Jacobson have signed onto future projects with the network in the future. Thank God.
Broad City started as a web series from the two comedians almost ten years ago when they were both studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade. The show hit television in 2014 and quickly grew to be a cult classic.
“Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series,” said Abbi and Ilana. “It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City‘s always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways.”
Although the shows ending will be bittersweet for diehard fans, it makes sense. The spontaneous dialogue and actions of the characters, just as Abbi and Ilana said, is what makes the show great every time. It would be a shame to see it drag on for too long and lose that spark. The decision to end the show came from Abbi and Ilana, in fact.
“We’d never want them to overstay their welcome,” Comedy Central President Kent Alterman said. “It was really driven by creative storytelling and when is a natural life [of the show]? We’re thrilled with five seasons of a show like this. The last thing we’d want is them to pretend they’re younger than they are and contrive and force it. The thing that matters to us more than anything is the creative integrity of the storytelling.”
The storytelling in Broad City is honest and real, and doesn’t shy away from showing perspectives of people from different backgrounds facing social and political persecution in our world today. That sounds heavy for a comedy, but they manage to pull it off just right. Luckily, Abbi and Ilana have already agreed to three new TV shows in the coming years. Nothing has been said about their position on those projects yet.
“They’re unwinding a 10-year intense deep dive into this show and these characters [counting the web series],” Alterman said. “The first stuff coming at us is stuff that they’re bringing people they’ve collaborated with and new ideas. We’re taking it as it comes. We haven’t even discussed that. But if they had something they wanted to do on-camera, we wouldn’t refuse it. But it has to come organically.”
Organic is what Abbi and Ilana do best. Fans would find it disingenuous to watch them in any other way. That’s not to say their talents are pigeonholed. I think both women can accomplish anything they want flawlessly. But their true strengths come from their background in improv.
Cheers to the last season, everyone!