8:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Comedy Central Renews 'Broad City' for Third Season
Comedy Central is going long on Broad City.
Ahead of tonight's season two premiere, the Viacom-owned cable network has ordered a 10-episode third season of the critical darling from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The series, which counts Amy Poehler among its executive producers, has delivered commercially, too, ranking as the No. 1 new cable comedy among Comedy Central's core male 18 to 34 demographic.
"It has just been brought to my attention that Broad City is a female-centric show, but we're going to do more anyway," Kent Alterman, the network's president of content development and original programming, joked in a statement announcing the news Wednesday.
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The renewal comes as Broad City, an odd couple comedy about two broke, flawed best friends (Jacobson and Glazer) navigating their twenties in New York City, landed on a collection of year-end best lists, including those assembled by Time, Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter, which described it as "audacious and ridiculous... [and] solidified Comedy Central's incredible stable of quality shows."
Regulars Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, John Gemberling, Chris Gethard and Stephen Schneider will be back alongside Jacobson and Glazer, the series' creators and stars. At various points during the show's second season, they'll be joined by guest actors including Bob Balaban, Aidy Bryant, Patricia Clarkson, Susie Essman, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Kelly Ripa, Seth Rogen, Amy Ryan, Alia Shawkat and David Wain.
In addition to Jacobson, Glazer and Poehler, Broad City's second season is being executive produced by 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Avalon’s Sam Saifer and Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez. Eric Slovin will join them as a co-executive producer, while recent hire Sarah Babineau, formerly of Amazon, is the executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.
Beginning today, the series' fans are able to download a free “Broad City Keyboard” App featuring show-specific emojis and episodic GIFs. At launch, the former include characters (Abbi, Ilana, Lincoln) and food (a bagel, taco, hotdog) along with a joint, condom and the middle finger, with new ones added after each episode airs. Among the early GIFs: Ilana dancing, Garol eating yogurt, Abbi and Ilana drumming and the “Eight F**king Thousand Dollars” dream sequence at the bank.