Looks like we have a “good news/bad news” situation when it comes to Broad City‘s creators, showrunners, directors, and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. First, the bad news: Comedy Central‘s insanely popular comedy series will be ending its run after its upcoming season 5, which is set to air in early 2019.
But while Comedy Central might be saying goodbye to Ilana and Abbi (at least for now), they’re making sure that Glazer and Jacobson stay exactly where they are. Under a new development deal between Comedy Central and the pair, the network will have “first look” rights to all content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson — both together and independently — and extends across all of Viacom’s television networks.
“Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost ten years, since we started as a web series. 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.”
– Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, explained that it was Glazer and Jacobson’s decision to bring Broad City to an end:
“They came to us and said, ‘We think that we need to figure out how to resolve a final season’. They have great ideas about how to want to end it, and the last thing we want to do is to have someone not end something on their terms.”
Glazer and Jacobson already have three projects in development under their new deal: Mall Town USA, Platinum Status and Young Professionals, which you can find out more about below:
Mall Town USA: Created by Broad City producer Gabe Liedman, Mall Town USA is an animated comedy that follows the after-school misadventures of a 13-year-old girl navigating the complexities of puberty and society in the classic microcosm of American culture that is The Mall. Jacobson and Glazer executive produce.
Platinum Status: Written by and starring Eliot Glazer (Glazer’s brother), Platinum Status is set on the vibrant eastside of Los Angeles, and tells the weird, messy and ultimately hilarious stories of Noah, (Glazer) a gay man who, despite always feeling left out of the so-called “community,” tries to fit in. After he’s dumped by his boyfriend of a decade, the struggling singer-songwriter Noah meets quirky “spiritual healer” Alex, who helps him unlock his hidden potential by forcing him outside his comfort zone. Through Alex’s friendship and guidance, Noah begins to expand his sexual boundaries and, after years of working solely as a background singer, summons the courage to step into the spotlight himself. Ilana Glazer executive produces along with Principato Young and Electric Avenue’s Will Arnett & Marc Forman.
Young Professionals: Written and executive produced by David Litt, Young Professionals centers on Litt, who at age 24 became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Inspired by his own experiences, the series follows five friends who struggle to make a difference in the broken, bizarre, hopelessly absurd world of Washington, D.C. Jacobson and Glazer also serve as executive producers.
“Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana may appear to be aimless and full of hair-brained schemes, but Abbi and Ilana IRL have proven to be stellar creator-writer-performer-director-producers. Their supreme focus on telling new stories, in new worlds, with new talent is nearly scary.” – Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central