To many Comedy Central’s Key & Peele are an acquired taste but there are many iconic skits that the two managed to create for their five season series. The series is in its fifth season and took to the internet over the weekend to officially announce that their current season will, in fact, be there last.
The Wrap reported the news on Saturday, which will bring many of their fans to tears but in the life of cable television series, this manages to bring it to the right point. Due to the financial constraints of cable television, many shows cannot go on for ten or twelve seasons like their network counterparts. Shows, primarily in shows like this, can get to expensive and the ad-revenue alone will not make the networks money.
Keegan-Michael Key explains that it was their decision alone and not that of Comedy Central. I believe that since the demise of the Dave Chappelle Show several years back, they needed something to fill that space. For five season, Key & Peele have been filing that gap.
“This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us,” Key told the site. “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie. I’m thinking we could do that every three years – take a year, go bang out a movie. That’s the plan right now.”
In recent months, their dance card has been filling up with multiple projects, together and apart. The current season has already been filmed, so fans should not suspect sub-par episodes or a shorter season. Key will acting in a film in New York, while Peele will be directing a horror movie he wrote.
“There will be Key & Peele productions coming up,” Key says. “We’re doing the reboot of ‘Police Academy,’ and there’s a TV show in the works that me might do for Comedy Central. There’s lots of stuff we have cooking up.”
The final season of the series is currently airing on the network on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.