The beloved cult hitwill not be back for third season on HBO.
Show co-creators Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement and James Bobin broke the sad news on their web site on Friday
“We’ve noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a third season,” they wrote. “We’re very proud of the two seasons we made, and we like the way the show ended.”
combined story lines with original songs, however due to the trios location in New Zealand, production on the show had proved difficult. Speculation over the past few months indicated that McKenzie, Clement and Bobin would not return for a third season on HBO.
The second season earned the show a best comedy series Emmy nomination and a best actor nomination for Clement.
followed two aspiring musicians in New York who pursue stardom under the hapless guidance of their manager. In addition to its Emmy recognization, the series was hailed by critics and devoted fans.
The Conchords, a joke band, actually spawned two hit albums. Some of their hit mock songs include Sugalumps — a take on the Black Eyed Peas’ My Humps — and You Don’t Have To Be A Prostitute, a thinly-veiled reference to The Police’s Roxanne.
The comedians nabbed four prizes, including band of the year, at the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards.
McKenzie told British music mag NME that the comedy-folk duo will mount a U.K. tour in 2010 and that a Conchords movie isn’t out of the question.
In an interview with A.V. Club, McKenzie was asked what influenced their show.
“The Monkees meet the monkeys. We didn’t want a studio audience,” says McKenzie. “We wanted it to kind of deal with surreal ideas in a very ordinary way, because that’s kind of what we do onstage a lot. It was really all driven by the songs, actually. There wasn’t as much creative freedom as you’d imagine, because the songs kind of drew lines as to what we could do, what the stories would do.”
He added: “Early on, we’d considered doing a variety show, kind of like Mr. Show? But we wanted to try doing half-hour stories. We wanted to try our acting, and hopefully we got better. Some of our acting—I can’t really talk for Jemaine, but some of my acting was unreliable. I kept having to ask James whether he could read what my face was doing.”
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