‘Key & Peele’ Will End After Current Season
Despite being one of the most popular and successful shows currently on Comedy Central, it has been announced that the currently airing fifth season of Key & Peele will be its last.
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key have stated that they are ending the show of their own accord in order to focus on film projects. This, despite Keegan-Michael Key scoring his first acting nomination at the Emmys, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for last year’s season of Key & Peele (although how you’re a supporting actor when your name is in the title of the show is beyond me. But still, congratulations are in order, just the same.
“This is our final season–and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us,” Key said in an interview with The Wrap. “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.”
Naturally, the show has had a host of breakout sketches: there’s Mr. Garvey (i.e., the substitute teacher who gets all his students’ names wrong), there are those two bellhops who love Bruce Willis and Liam Neeson, and then there are the more successful crossover sketches like the East-West College Bowl, and — especially — President Obama and his “anger translator” Luther. The latter sketch proved so popular that Luther himself actually appeared at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year to serve as “anger translator” for the actual president. In short, while Key & Peele haven’t been on the air terribly long, they’ve indelibly made their mark on pop culture.
The duo just finished filming their first movie, Keanu, in which two drug dealers embark on a mission to rescue a cat (just roll with it), and that’s not all they have planned for the future. Among their future film projects is a movie based on Mr. Garvey! And if it proves successful, who knows? Maybe they’ll spinoff another one of their Key & Peele sketches into a movie. As for now, they’re also attached to a planned reboot of the Police Academy series, which is somewhat fitting, considering their sketch on Police Academy star/human sound effects machine Michael Winslow.
Ultimately, I’m really going to miss this show. Both Key and Peele have really been integral to the sketch comedy series revival at Comedy Central following the departure of Dave Chappelle and the failure of shows like Mind of Mencia and Chocolate News. Thankfully for the network, once Key & Peele ends, they’ll still have successful sketch/variety programs like Kroll Show and Inside Amy Schumer (a fellow Emmy nominee!) to keep things afloat. Still, losing Key & Peele has to be a pretty big blow to the network.
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And for more on Comedy Central, check out the full list of 2015 Emmy nominations, with Keegan-Michael Key and Amy Schumer!