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Holy Bed, Bath and Beyoncé, today’s news that Broad City will end after Season 5 has us staring wistfully at our poster of Oprah and praying for some inner strength. Just announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Broad City’s fifth season, which will air sometime in 2019, will be the show’s last.
Releasing a joint statement today, creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson said “Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series. It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City has 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.”
Thankfully, the news that Season 5 will be the last for our favourite TV besties comes with the caveat that Glazer and Jacobson will be producing three new shows for Comedy Central. Each show will be written and or produced by either Jacobson or Glazer or both.
Mall Town, USA is an animated series about a 13-year-old girl who deals with puberty and society in the American mall culture. The show will be written by Broad City writer Gabe Liedman and produced by Glazer and Jacobson.
Platinum Status will be written by Glazer’s brother Eliot Glazer, who also plays Ilana’s brother on Broad City. The show opens with Glazer as a gay man who hooks up with a woman after his boyfriend of 10 years breaks up with him. Ilana Glazer will also produce.
Finally, Young Professionals will be written and produced by David Litt, who at 24 became one of the youngest White House speech writers ever when he worked for the Obama administration (if you haven’t read his book “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years” we highly recommend it, or at least listen to his Moth presentation). Glazer and Jacobson will both produce alongside Litt.
It was also recently announced that Jacobson would be developing a new comedy series for Amazon based on the 1992 baseball classic A League of Their Own.
Today’s news isn’t a total shock. Both Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have been busy with other projects since the show first premiered in 2014. Most recently, Jacobson has starred opposite Dave Franco in the drama 6 Balloons and hosted a ten-episode podcast in conjunction with the MoMA titled A Piece of Work. As for Glazer, she starred in 2017’s Rough Night, which was written by Broad City writers Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello.
Even with the exciting news that the women will be working on three new series, we can’t help but be sad that our goodbye to Broad City is imminent.