Comedy Central today announced a comprehensive development deal with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson with a "first look" at content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson, both together and independently. "Broad City has been our baby and first love for nearly 10 years, since we started as a web series", they said in a joint statement. Five seasons is a great run, and it's always wise to go out on top and leave us wanting more.
That won't be the end of Glazer and Jacobson, who grew up at UCB, though; the partners have signed a first-look deal with Viacom, Comedy Central's parent company, and now have three projects in development. The deal with the multitalented creators, stars, directors and showrunners of the hit series Broad City, which will return for its fifth and final season in early 2019, also extends across all of parent company Viacom's television networks. Jacobson and Glazer are listed as executive producers on the shows, and are not involved in writing or acting in them.
The bright and bold Broad City will go dim after its fifth season.
"It's a show about two 20-somethings in NY and Abbi and Ilana are smart about not wanting to overstretch it beyond plausibility", he said. It was really driven by creative storytelling and when is a natural life?
He said: 'We'd never want them to overstay their welcome.
- "Platinum Status", a comedy about a guy (Eliot Glazer, a "Broad City" semi-regular and Ilana's real-life brother) recovering from a breakup in hipster Los Angeles.
- "Mall USA", an animated comedy about a 13-year-old girl whose afterschool home is the mall.
Platinum Status is set in LA and tells the story of a gay professional backing singer who forms an intimate relationship with a woman.
"Young Professionals" comes from David Litt, who became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history when he joined former President Obama's team at 24.
Alterman did not provide details about Broad City Season 5 but thinks that the final season is "going to be a great celebration of the show".