Flight of the Conchords a Two Season Act?

By Mike

September 4, 2008 Music Television No comments

News out of New Zealand reports that Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, the comedy folk music duo behind Flight of the Conchords, will be ending their run on HBO after this upcoming second season.

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me in a way. Throughout the hilarious first season I kept wondering how they’d keep being able to write unique songs for every episode and keep them fresh.

Apparently they are also worried about the same thing.

The first series of the quirky show has aired in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but the twosome said they were struggling with “a difficult second series” during an interview for Q [British Magazine].

“We’ve got a lot of half-songs,” said Clement. “We’ve got an album’s worth of beginnings of songs.”

They’ll be making ten more episodes for the second season and then likely call it quits after. The quality of the show, along with the short run, will leave it in the same company as the The Office (BBC) and Extras, both which ended after two seasons.

In the meantime, the duo will focus on other venues, like movies and concerts. In fact, McKenzie is actually trying to get a part in Justice League of America.

So this news leaves me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I don’t want to see it end, but on the other, I’d hate to watch the quality of writing and lyrics fall off by the wayside.

I’m also starting to embrace the idea of short-lived television series. Some are great for the long-distance marathon, but it would be cool to see a few new projects be developed with the idea of only being around a year or two.

[NZHerald via TV Guide]