Broad City Season 5 marks the end of the Comedy Central series as stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson have signed on new television deals with the network's parent company Viacom.
The previously confirmed fifth season will be the last of the half-hour show, according to Comedy Central President Kent Alterman. The network did not pull the plug on the series, but the actors did. Alterman revealed that it was Glazer and Jacobson's decision to end their show after riding high on the network since 2014.
"It's purely driven by creative storytelling. They came to us and said, 'We think that we need to figure out how to resolve a final season," Alterman said.
"They have great ideas about how they want to end it, and the last thing we want to do is to have someone not end something on their terms," he added.
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." He believes that Jacobson and Glazer have exciting plans to wind up the series.
Glazer and Jacobson not only serve as the main stars in the show. They also serve as showrunners, writers, producers, and directors, so it was entirely their call to end the series. However, there is no love lost for Broad City, which they considered their baby and first love and one that they have shown dedication to for almost a decade.
"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," Jacobson and Glazer said in a joint statement.
Broad City Season 5 is not the end though for the amazing duo. Glazer and Jacobson will continue their collaboration with Comedy Central as they have signed on three new comedy deals with its parent company Viacom. In the same joint statement, the duo expressed their excitement to bring "new voices and points of view" to the network.
These three projects are already in development at Comedy Central. They are Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals. The Broad City actors will not appear in any of the three comedies, although they serve important roles. They will executive produce Mall Town USA and Young Professionals. Glazer will also executive produce Platinum Status along with her brother Eliot Glazer, who will pen the screenplay.
Broad City Season 5 airs on Comedy Central early 2019.