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Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Broad City will end with Season 5, as Abbi and Ilana sign a new Comedy Central deal
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's final season of Broad City will air in early 2019, more than a year after Season 4. The duo have already signed a first-look deal with Comedy Central, with three projects already in development. Neither Abbi nor Ilana are attached to star in the three potential series. "Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series," they said in a statement. "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."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Broad City's Abbi Jacobson confirms her bisexuality
“I kind of go both ways; I date men and women,” the actress told Vanity Fair.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
What's up with TV's "Black Lady Therapist" trend?
Is the "Black Lady Therapist" the new "Black Best Friend"? Aisha Harris says it "does seem a bit peculiar" that shows like Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Grace and Frankie all have black female therapists. "If you watch enough shows with dysfunctional protagonists who get to the point of seeking help, you might notice that a lot of familiar black female character actors are popping up in roles that require they wield a notepad and pen while listening intently to other peoples’ problems. And with rare exception, their patients are usually white and at least moderately affluent," she says.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Should Comedy Central be concerned about the exodus of talent?
The news of Hasan Minhaj's exit for his own Netflix show comes after The Daily Show lost Michelle Wolf and Jessica Williams. Meanwhile, Inside Amy Schumer is in the midst of a long hiatus and Broad City "seems to be fading as a cultural phenomenon," says Miles Surrey. He adds: "Practically the only constants in Comedy Central’s lineup are South Park and, somehow, Tosh.0, which was renewed for three more seasons in February. The less said about Tosh.0 the better, but even South Park, a decades-long, profanity-laced staple of modern American culture, has seen its impact diminished."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Why are there suddenly so many bisexuals on TV?
One reason, according to Kathryn VanArendonk: "Almost universally, the stories that these shows have found to tell about their characters coming out, about their romantic relationships, and about the mysteries of sexual attraction are more interesting than the straight stories. I have seen so, so many love triangles. I have seen so many will-they-won’t-theys that then coalesce into 'they did!' and then have to find somewhere else to push the story. I have seen countless heterosexual true loves, and I’ve watched them grow into flawed but loving marriages, and I’ve loved many of them. But it is just so nice to watch love stories that explore territories outside the painfully familiar 'how will that nice lady ever land a husband' world. It’s so nice to watch stories with something different to say about attraction and the complexity of adult relationships."
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Broad City announces a clothing line to benefit charity
Items include shirts bearing the words “Yas,” “I’m an Abbi” or “I’m an Ilana.” Proceeds will benefit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
Abbi and Ilana have no plans to bring their Broad City success to the big screen
Abbi Jacobson said on Watch What Happens Live: “It’s something we talk about."
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Abbi and Ilana were upset to learn a Broad City producer tried to silence Louis CK's accusers
Louis CK’s former manager Dave Becky, who apologized after he was accused of intimidating and silencing CK’s victims, has an executive producer credit on the Comedy Central series. The credit is due to his position as manager of Amy Poehler, who was responsible for making Broad City happen. Speaking to EW Radio, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer discussed Becky’s connection to the show. “It’s definitely something that we’re figuring out right now,” said Jacobson. “He’s not our manager. And he’s been a producer on the show through Amy from the beginning. And it’s like this upsetting thing to find out his involvement in the whole thing, so it’s definitely something that we’re constantly talking about right now.” Glazer added: “We take accountability for using this white dude power to get our show on TV. We’re accountable for that. We’re not accountable for (Louis CK’s) actions, for Becky’s actions, but we’re accountable for using his power to get our show on TV.” ALSO: Abbi and Ilana weren’t allowed to call President Trump a “sexual assaulting steak salesman.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
Abbi and Ilana sent a note of apology to Broad City superfan Natalie Portman for making fun of Garden State
Since Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer apologized for making the 2004 Zach Braff film the butt of many jokes, Portman has become pals with Abbi.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Menstruation has become a hot topic for TV comedies in recent years
Last week’s Black-ish was the latest series to address “riding the crimson wave,” following in the footsteps of shows like Broad City and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, says Jen Chaney, who points out that historically menstruation was rarely discussed on scripted television.
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Larry David: A comedian out of his depth and out of his time?
David’s controversial SNL monologue and a string of disappointing Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes seem to show that he’s either out of touch with the times or just lazy, says Melanie McFarland. While David's HBO series was off for the past six years, newer “cringe” shows like Broad City, Girls and Difficult People “stepped in to fill the void, while modernizing and molding the discomfort in which David trades to suit current sensibilities,” says McFarland. “Its characters, like David’s Larry, thrill viewers with comedy that springs from a stunning lack of awareness and utter selfishness. Unlike Larry, they all live in the world the majority of its audience shares.”
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 9:32PM EST
Election night 2016: Has any other event been so quickly and repeatedly mirrored on TV?
It's been exactly one year since Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory, yet television keeps trying to relive the night of Nov. 8, 2016, most recently on American Horror Story: Cult and Broad City. “While Obama’s 2008 election was historic, the shock of Trump’s upset victory makes it especially evocative fodder for our left-leaning pop culture,” says Rachel Withers. “There seems to have been an immediate need to memorialize it, even as its consequences are still playing out. And these depictions are still rolling in—while South Park and Saturday Night Live were able to recreate the moment almost immediately, shows with longer production timelines are only now getting around to it. But why are we even still interested in reliving the election?”
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
From Broad City to Insecure: Is the web series the new TV pilot?
“Why are we seeing so many web series getting adapted for television lately?” asks Shannon Liao. “In this age of GoPros, neatly curated social media presences, and streaming services on demand, creators can design and shoot their own series, then serve as their own agents and manage their own online star power.”
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 2:13PM EDT
Broad City offered TV's most visceral Trump-themed episode
“Plenty of shows since last November have referenced Trump: The Good Fight, The Bold Type, The Mindy Project, Black-ish, American Horror Story: Cult,” says Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya. “Some of that commentary has been mild and broad (The Mindy Project); some has been fiery and poignant (Black-ish). But few attacks have been as incisive, direct, and visceral as Broad City’s “Witches,” which builds on the season’s existing anti-Trump sentiments, conveyed in just about every episode through protest signs, a pro-Planned Parenthood cold open, and Abbi and Ilana’s general disgust for Trump and nostalgia for Obama. ‘Witches,’ though, puts Trump-related anxiety at the forefront of the narrative.” ALSO: This season has been filled with melancholy and forced maturation.
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 7:48PM EDT
Broad City creates a “Trump-No-More” browser extension
The browser extension censoring Trump’s name goes along with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s censorship of the president’s name on its Comedy Central show.