Six and a half years ago, Comedy Central took a chance on four young guys performing together as the Mail Order Comedy sketch group, after an executive saw their videos online. Now their series, Workaholics, which is in the middle of a two-year pickup, is coming to an end. As it has been rumored, the upcoming seventh season of the ensemble comedy will be its last. The decision was made by the show’s stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm, whose careers have taken off since they co-created Workaholics with fellow Mail Order Comedy member Kyle Newacheck and 5th Year’s Dominic Russo and Connor Pritchard.
“We would like to thank Comedy Central, Doug Herzog, Kent Alterman and all of the fans for turning us from Boyz II Men,” Anderson, DeVine, Holm and Newacheck said in a statement to Deadline. “It was an incredible run but we’ve decided to leave on a HIGH note. Get it?”
Comedy Central originally ordered a pilot from Anderson, DeVine, Holm and Newacheck in 2010. Several months later, then-new head of original programming Kent Alterman picked up the pilot in one of his first series orders, calling the project “one of the great surprises” waiting for him when he arrived at the network. He is now seeing the series off in his new role as president of Comedy Central.
“We got more years of stunted development than any of us could have hoped for,” he said. “We salute the boys and thank them.”
Workaholics — about three unmotivated roommates entering the real world after college — was a breakout for Comedy Central with strong ratings in the network’s young male demos from the get-go. The series also has developed a cult following and has attracted high-profile guest stars. Among those visiting for the upcoming seventh and final season — now in production — is Nina Dobrev in her first TV gig since leaving The Vampire Diaries.
As their careers started to diverge, Anderson, DeVine, Holm and Newacheck still find ways to work together. They are all producing, Adam, Anders & Blake are starring in and Newacheck is directing Game Over, Man! a feature for Netflix through their Mail Order Comedy production banner. Holm wrote the script based on a story that the foursome developed together. Isaac Horne of Avalon, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & James Weaver of Point Grey Pictures and Scott Rudin and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions are also producing.
Devine recently recurred on Modern Family and wrapped a lead role in When We First Met opposite Alexandra Daddario and starred last summer in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Holm recently wrapped production on Judy Greer’s A Happening of Monumental Proportions and is starring in and executive producing in the PI comedy series project Pigeon, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox.
Anderson has online clothing line Teenage alongside his wife.