Comedy Central is staying in business with Broad City creators, showrunners, directors and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who have signed a development deal with the network. Under the pact, Comedy Central will have a first look at all content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson, both together and independently. The deal also extends across all of parent company Viacom’s television networks.
Glazer and Jacobson have three projects already in development at Comedy Central under the new pact: Mall Town USA, Platinum Status and Young Professionals. (The pact excludes existing projects, including Jacobson’s A League of the Their Own reboot series, in works at Amazon.)
Broad City is in the middle of a two-season renewal for Seasons 4 and 5 it received in early 2016 ahead of its Season 3 premiere.
“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,” said Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central. “Their supreme focus on telling new stories, in new worlds, with new talent is nearly scary.”
He told Deadline that it was Glazer and Jacobson’s decision to end the show. “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.’ 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.”
Alterman would not reveal details about Season 5 as they are still being formulated but said that the duo’s “plans for winding the series up are really exciting. I think it’s going to be a great celebration of this show.”
Said Glazer and Jacobson, “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’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.”
The deal with Glazer and Jacobson is a coup for Comedy Central which has seen a number of creators and stars who established themselves on the Viacom network leave for new shows elsewhere, most recently The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf, who will headline their own talkers for Netflix, and previously Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee. “We are working in a very supportive environment; it’s a very different environment now at Viacom, being less siloed, and that helps,” Alterman said before adding in his signature deadpan style, “We are still trying to overcome the bad feelings that we only got 16+ years with Jon Stewart and 20 with Stephen Colbert because runs are usually longer than that but we are doing the best we can.”
Broad City has been one of two hit Comedy Central primetime series created by and starring women, along with sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, which is on indefinite hiatus as Schumer focuses on features. There has been no change in the show’s status but Schumer’s open invitation to return stands. “If she decides she wants to refocus her energy in the sketch arena, we’re ready to go,” Alterman said.
Created by Broad City producer Gabe Liedman, Mall Town USA is an animated comedy that follows the afterschool 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.
Written by and starring Eliot Glazer (Ilana Glazer’s brother), Platinum Status is set in the hipster-heavy east side of Los Angeles and tells the story of professional back-up singer Noah (Glazer), a gay guy who’s always felt left out of the “community.” And after he’s dumped by his boyfriend of ten years, Noah rebounds in the least likely way: by hooking up with a girl. With help from his friends Kevin and Mimi and guidance from his kinda-sorta-girlfriend Alexa, Noah tries to evolve both in the bedroom and the recording studio. Eliot Glazer will write and executive produce and Ilana Glazer will also executive produce along with Principato Young’s Peter Principato and Brian Steinberg and Electric Avenue’s Will Arnett and Marc Forman.
The third project, Young Professionals centers on David Litt, who at age 24 became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Written and executive produced by Litt and inspired by his own experiences, Young Professionals 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.