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Flight of the Conchords to end after second season

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 31st 2008 9:03AM
Bret and McKenzieBad news, Flight of the Conchords fans. It looks like the upcoming season of their HBO show will be the end. The boys, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, have confirmed that they've been having trouble making the second season, struggling with making new music and sitting around with a lot of half-songs, "an album's worth of beginnings of songs." Sure, sure, they deserve to take it easy, especially after bringing us twelve episodes of goodness, but can fans really help but feel brokenhearted? Commence full body-shaking sobbing.

Their decision makes sense, and, in a way, I'm glad. Their first season was created with a stock of all the songs they made in their career up to that point; the challenge of coming up with a new season almost completely from scratch must not only be daunting but extremely exhausting. Hopefully they'll bring us another solid season so that we can consider it quitting while they're ahead. Plus, many other amazing series have quit after only two seasons, including the original British version of The Office and Fawlty Towers. They're in good company.

Well, fingers crossed that the pair will continue to make music and go on tour, even after we can't hear their pretty voices on HBO.

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DudeURwasted

A total Tenacious D rip-off. R.I.H....

September 03 2008 at 3:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

quality and quantity have never gone together.
at least we will get 2 great seasons, which is better than 5 seasons of which the last 2 - 3 would be garbage.

just look at shows like seinfeld and friends, they should have ended a couple seasons earlier.

i just hope B & J continue doing something different and exciting. and hopefully we'll see them again in a different format.

September 01 2008 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

Love FOTC, and they can have all the time in the world to make a great season, but pleaaaasseee, don't put your foot down for another one, we don't mind the wait.

August 31 2008 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

I'd like to hear Angels and the Bus Driver Song. If they just showed live shows with their banter ("professional talking") I'd watch that. All the best to them. And please!!! a boxed set with some behind the scenes stuff and commentary tracks. Also, I'd watch them do tours of New Zealand, Learn to play Flight of the Conchords on ukulele and anything else they would be involved in. I'd love to see a documentary of them touring as well. And they can always call Neil Finn for advice.

August 31 2008 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel

You are all right... quality over quantity. I'm still bummed though.

August 31 2008 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Usama

A wise decision, I want it to be a good series and if this means only 2 seasons then so be it.

August 31 2008 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cody

I'm not gonna like the second season if it's rushed and doesn't have the same feel of the first season. Just delay it a few years if you need to get it perfect. I'd rather not get new FotC until 2012 and have it be the best thing ever than get mediocre FotC in 2009.

British shows do this kind of thing all the time, with several years between series. Why are Americans so bent up on having all your seasons put on in consecutive years?

August 31 2008 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocketboy_X

Good for them. I'd rather see them end it on a high note, then start to flounder. And after the first season, I too was left wondering if they had it in them for a second season, as the songs that were in it were pretty much already done before the first season ever started. Bowie in Space (which was a terrible song) was one of the first songs that they did.

So good for them, at least they are bowing out, and not getting axed when they still have a lot more in them like they did to Louis CK and Lucky Louie.

It was just shameful what HBO did to him.

Also, can we have the episodes in the correct order this time? It was VERY noticable that seeing how they made Murry's upgrade from a C=64 to a old windows PC a big deal, just how out of order the episodes were.

August 31 2008 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Have you heard the Bowie song live? Infinitely, infinitely better than the weird version they used in the show.

August 31 2008 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2L98gobTQ
Heres an original verison of Bowie.

September 14 2008 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

I'm very glad to be getting a second season as I remember them saying something like this after season 1 - they threw everything at the 12 episodes. So I'll be sad to see it end but it makes sense (contrast that to Arrested Development, which seemed like it had another two or three seasons in it at least).

Here's hoping they pull out their fictional selves in three or four years time, for another season plotted around the songs they are yet to make!

August 31 2008 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

Give them a few more years where they don't have a deadline and they can create the show in their own time and they'll make a fantastic season 3. I'll be happy to wait. In fact, I'd be happy to wait years for a second season if it makes the show any better.

August 31 2008 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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