The Emmy-nominated sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” is coming to a close at the conclusion of the current, fifth season.
According to The Wrap, the conclusion of the show comes not from any dictum handed down by Comedy Central, but the performers themselves. In a statement, co-star Keegan Michael-Key stated that both he and Jordan Peele simply have a desire to do other things. He said,
This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. 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.
The fifth season of the show just premiered on July 8th, so the announcement may seem rather sudden. The show received a Peabody Award for Comedy Central in 2013, with part of the reason being noted in the award’s citation. It read, “They tackle racially charged issues and ideas like no one else on television [...] They break new ground even as they lay claim to all of comedy’s traditions.” In total, the show has received 11 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards, in such categories as “outstanding makeup for a multi-camera series or special,” “outstanding original music and lyrics,” “outstanding writing for a variety series,” and “outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.” Seven of those 11 nominations have come for this year’s Emmys, which will air on September 20th.
As is indicated by Key’s statement, though, this is far from the end for his partnership with Peele. He even adds in his statement to The Wrap,
There will be Key & Peele productions coming up. 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.
“Key & Peele” will complete its final season this September, and can be watched Wednesdays at 10/9c on Comedy Central.
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