After ‘Broad City’: What Are Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Doing After the Show?
Broad City was created ten years ago despite the resistance creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson experienced from networks. It began as a small web series filmed in Jacobson’s apartment and ended up being a trailblazing feminist series focused on two young women being unapologetically loud and vulgar in New York City.
Why was ‘Broad City’ so important?
Broad City was an unadulterated portrayal of female friendships. It gave an insight into the ups and downs and didn’t gloss over anything.
The two creators dealt with an uphill battle attempting to get the show on air and fight the network’s resistance of having more than one show starring women. “At Fox, it was like, ‘We already have New Girl. That was a real sentence!” Jacobson said. But Glazer and Jacobson knew they had something really important, so along with Amy Poehler as backup they persisted and went through setbacks that would’ve made most creators give up.
In an interview with Newsweek Glazer said FX originally bought the script for the pilot but eventually passed on it. Amy Poehler made a genius comment in that moment, “FX wasn’t the right move anyway. They were like a cold boyfriend who doesn’t really want you. Comedy Central is going to be the good girlfriend or boyfriend who is ready to love us and support us.” They were eventually signed on to Comedy Central and the fruits of their relationship was a cult TV show that had a duo no other show could emulate. “It’s an honor, but it’s also scary, I can’t believe we’re distillable, or big enough to be derived from,” Glazer said. People can’t get enough of the frank feminist wit constantly dished out by Jacobson and Glazer.
Why did ‘Broad City’ end?
The series finale of Broad City aired on March 28. In a statement written by Jacobson and Glazer before that time, they told their fans, “‘Broad City’ has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series.” They elaborate, “It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. ‘Broad City’s’ always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after season five honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways.”
The two felt as if it was time to lay the show to rest. Glazer said they had plans to make more Broad City content but they wanted to quit while they were ahead and not get to a point in the show where they were only going through the motions. Just as Jacobson said, “It just would’ve felt like we were forcing it, and it’s so much better for good content to end just a little before it expires.” They put everything they had into the production of their first show but they are ready to move on and diversify their lives.
What are Ilana and Abbi doing next?
Jacobson and Glazer want more women to be in decision-making positions and they have already signed a first look deal with Viacom to stay on the network as producers. Glazer, with her signature frankness, told Variety, “Producing’s fun, and we’re really good at it.”
With the projects the network has planned, it is close to impossible to not see Abbi, Ilana or any other minds that worked on Broad City behind the scenes. They have one series in the works called Young Professionals a semi-autobiographical comedy from former Barack Obama speechwriter David Litt. The network is also creating Malltown USA, an animated project written by Broad City’s writer Gabe Liedman.
TV will have no shortage of the genius of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, as they will be mentoring future versions of themselves and continuing to leave their lasting legacy within film and television.