Kroll Show, Comedy Central's purposefully grating and blindingly clever satire of reality television, turns comedian Nick Kroll's ensemble of outsized characters into the cast of various intermingled shows-within-a-show. Season three is coming in January, but today broke sad news that those episodes will wrap the series up for good.
There’s a heartening, if surprising, element to that news, though: It's happening on Kroll's terms.
"As we started to get towards the end of the season, it just became clear that we wrapped up a lot of the stories and characters that we had created, and felt like we had brought a number of them to their natural conclusion," Kroll told Vulture. "So, as opposed to stringing out more seasons, we wanted to feel like we were going out with the best work that we’ve done. As I’m sure you’ve watched a lot of shows you’ve loved continue to make shows because they could and the quality began to dwindle."
Kroll certainly has a point—the list of shows that have run out their time to diminished returns is too long to enumerate here, for a lot of reasons why. If a show's a serious hit, it's almost impossible for a network to take it off the air without some serious arm-twisting. The X-Files ran for two more terrible seasons after its star David Duchovny left; NBC couldn't let The Office go even after Steve Carell quit; ER ran for 15 increasingly interminable seasons. Most recently, How I Met Your Mother practically incited online rioting for its finale, the story for which was conceived early on in the show's run but felt emotionally callous to those who had hung on for nine ever-more-exhausting years.