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HBO’s CONCHORDS
Grounded For Good!!

Published at: Dec. 11, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! HBO’s Emmy-nominated musical comedy “Flight of the Conchords” will not see a third season, according to musician-writer-stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. “We’re very proud of the two seasons we made, and we like the way the show ended,” the duo posted on their website. “While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist.” Season two ended with Bret and Jemaine being deported from New York to their native New Zealand. HBO reportedly wanted more “Conchords,” but Clement told Reuters last month a third season was in doubt because “it’s so hard” to produce. "It very likely might not," he told the wire service. "We've got to write the series, but we've also got to write the songs, and just dividing your time into those two writing tasks is really tricky."
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  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Too bad...

    by Uncle Bastard

    was a big fan of this show.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Hipsters

    by YackBacker

    Lose the battle today. But the war rages on!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    "The real Bret and Jemaine" What fruits.

    by prunkhaft

    I hope they realize this will be that last time a cable network wants anything from them. They'll be knocking on some doors pretty soon, and they'll be wishing that they're wanted. I hate the show, and I hate these douchebags. But I fucking love this. Oh, they're so in demand, so creative. Does anyone really believe that they'll ever be in the position they're in again?

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4 a.m. CST

    prunkhaft

    by CaptainBass

    Your are a dick. That is all.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST

    That's not saying I

    by prunkhaft

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    am wrong.

    by prunkhaft

    Didn't mean to do that. But I am right. I don't like to see anyone make a horrible decision, even if I'm not a fan. But this is a horrible choice. They ain't exactly Dave Chappelle, their "talent" is questionable, and I think they overestimate their popularity.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Prunkhaft

    by landosystem

    I saw their HBO One Night Stand about 6-7 years ago and it was awesome, they were doing alright for themselves then and are most likely doing fine now. Popularity and money do not happiness make. I wish them the best, and am glad they made a great show.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    We have to write the series...And we have to write the songs...

    by gingerella

    Boo fucking hoo. Couple of lazy cunts.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    And the two people who watched this show....

    by PennsyDeux

    drown their sorrows. The rest of America says "there was a show called Flight of the Conchords?"

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Good News - And I'm A Fan

    by Selfstyler

    Glad the two existing series will remain untarnished by a dwindling-in-quality third. If their hearts aren't in it, why force it? Good on the guys for not stringing it out past it's welcome.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Good Riddance

    by hst666

    to unfunny crap.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST

    they don't need a vehicle

    by mynamesdan

    they haven't finished doing stand - up yet, and they acn always be in movies for money. <p> you could see them running out of material by the end of the first series. still it had some triple-A moments.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Peep Show!

    by MikeTheSpike

    Ha, wow, I am heartened to see I'm not the only one who dislikes this show. It seems everyone in my peer group thinks this program was the bee's knees. YackBacker, couldn't have said it better myself. <p> And before this thread gets too big, I must, *must* point you people in the direction of the British comedy Peep Show. It's the show Conchords was trying to be. Hell, I'd recommend it over... Galactica, or any other well-regarded genre show.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Riley Martin, et al...

    by irishraidersfan

    Constructive! (That's sarcasm, but you probably won't get that...) Conchords was a lot of surreal fun, imho. I'm not surprised that most Yanks didn't 'get' it though - after all, this is the nation that made Seinfeld an overpaid megastar. Funny? Yeah? THAT funny? Hell, no.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    MikeTheSpike - Peep Show

    by irishraidersfan

    I love Peep Show - but the show Conchords was trying to be? I think you need to lay off the 'meth, my brother... One's a hilarious commentary on modern male interaction (Peepshow), the other, two funny New Zealanders not making it in NY! Love them both, all in all.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    They're whole act has been spread thinly...

    by quantize

    what i saw of the series was painfully unfunny slacker shit

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    they struggled in season 2 & it showed:

    by newc0253

    season 2 was funny but not as funny overall as season 1. and the most of the songs weren't nearly as good.<p> it's a real shame there won't be more shows, but i'd rather they quit while they're happy with the quality, rather than struggle to produce diminishing returns.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    not surprised

    by the new transported man

    Season finale had them deported to New Zealand, seemed pretty obvious that they were dunzo. Anyway, it definitely had its moments. THAT SOUND LIKE HER-RRR

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I hated this show...

    by ZoeFan

    Call me unenlightened.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    It grew on me

    by sukmyboomstik

    I watched the first episode, didn't like it but then watched it again because my girlfriend hadn't seen it. I laughed a little more the second time and ended up watching the whole first season. It was pretty good and I enjoyed it but I didn't love it enough to put forth the effort to catch the second season and I still haven't seen it. As far as it being canceled, I'm completely ambivalent.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I hope these guys are around in some way

    by kafka07

    Hopefully the Gentleman Broncos film works out, although I think only Clement is in it.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Makes sense..

    by KneelB4Xod

    I completely agree that Season 2 was not nearly as funny as Season 1.. and I'm guessing that's for the same reason they're deciding not to make a third. It seems like a lot of work to put together everything that goes into this show. The reason the first season was better was because they had already created a lot of the songs going in.. And by the way, if the show wasn't your thing I'm cool with that.. I get that everyone isn't going to like it. But to all the haters that love to run their mouths around here for absolutely no reason but to "look cool" I say, I hope Seth McFarlane cancels Family Guy, Fuckers.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Prunkhaft

    by KneelB4Xod

    You ARE wrong. AND you're a dick. AND who is this Dave Chappelle guy you mentioned?

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Breaking News: AICN Talkbakers discover humour is subjective!

    by MattInTheHat

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    ...and...

    by MattInTheHat

    you don't have to sell yourself out to American corporations!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Noooo.

    by HoboCode

    This news makes me want to murder a brown snake in HBO's office.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    There will be a movie

    by eric haislar

    Mark my words.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Every fucking hipster in New York loved this show

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    And i could never understand why.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    So, in other words...

    by Jaka

    ...the want to enjoy the fruits of their labor (the cash) and not have to do any work for a while. If writing is what you do, it's what you do. It's a lame excuse to not do a third season when a) there are so many people in "the business" who love the opportunity, and b) there are some many crap shows on television already. I'm calling lazy.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    They're like Tenacious D...

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    if the D weren't funny and didn't have so much musical talent.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    The Real Aamerican Culture War:

    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    Tenacious D fans V. Flight of the Conchords fans.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    But...

    by KneelB4Xod

    What if you like both?

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    That's fine

    by IAmLegolas

    And I'm a HUGE fan of theirs (nope, I'm not a hipster), but the series ended on a good note and we don't need to go through it again, as good as the 2nd Season was, it was starting to rehash things. Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, no when to walk away, know when to run! Oh, and... they best get cracking on a studio version of "Who likes to rock the party!".

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    prunkhaft = joyless hipster

    by IAmLegolas

    that's all f-f-folks!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    They kept it short and sweet

    by kingoflight

    Just the way stuff like that should be, nice one in my opinion.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Back to Outback Steakhouse ads for you, Jemaine!

    by tonagan

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Present!

    by The 6th Conchord

    As my name indicates, I loved this show tremendously. It is offbeat, well-written, has excellent songs and memorable characters. It's got so many funny & quotable lines & moments, and I liked every single ep. If you don't get this show, then there's no helping you.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Good Lord, this show . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . is not an example of "hipster." And as a fan, I wish this announcement had come before season 2 could be made. Not good. First season: GOLD.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Threads like this...

    by HegemonyCricket

    ...remind me why I'm glad that none of you have any power or influence whatsoever.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Kinda lame they quit cuz it's "too hard", having said that--

    by Tall_Boy66

    What's with everyone's obsession with shows running 100 episodes, at least? and if it gets shitcanned before episode 100 it's some sort of crime against nature and totally unjust? Christ, if a show only runs, like, 12 episodes and they're 12 really fucking good episode (British Office or Spaced) then let it go! Course, this seems to be more of a British thing, but I'm Canadian and we were colonized by Brits. The Yanks should be more amendable to this idea, though.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Also: Firefly - only 13 episodes

    by Tall_Boy66

    13 really good episodes and a sweet finale in a movie. you don't need any more than that, people! Sometimes shorter runs are good things.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Chappelle show - 2-ish seasons

    by Tall_Boy66

    Of mostly awesome stuff, even the half-filmed stuff is okay. But you can tell why he bailed, it wasn't as good as the start. but we have 2-ish seasons of great. I'm looking forward to Dollhouse wrapping up, not that I think it's fantastical-awesome or anything, but it'll be, as Joss Whedon said, "a really long mini-series." Nothing wrong with that, peeps!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    futurama - 4 or 5 seasons of great and then the movies..

    by Tall_Boy66

    ...which, uh, are not as good as the TV series at all. Family Guy post return, aside from an upswing in the first 2 seasons of it's return and the Star Wars episodes, not as good as when it started. Fuck 100 episodes of syndication for a show you're never going to watch again on a nightly basis anyway, audiences should demand brevity and closure!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Wow, what an avalanche of asholes.

    by HelveticaBOLD

    To the assholes who claim that FOTC were never talented in the first place, or that no one ever liked them: Obviously, some of us disagree with you. Obviously, these guys were talented and well-liked enough to garner their own special on HBO, a BBC Radio series, a Grammy, three Emmy nominations, sold-out concert tours, AND their HBO series. So maybe you assholes never 'got it'. At some point, you have to accept that it's YOU. And now, to the assholes who are crying about how 'lazy' FOTC are for 'whining' that it's too hard to write the show, write the songs, AND star in the fucking thing: You have no idea what the fuck you're talking about. ANY of those jobs is a full-time gig, so doing all three is fucking Herculean -- and they did it for two seasons. And the fact is, they're NOT whining about how hard their jobs were -- they were stepping up and saying "you know what? We can't do as good a job on this show as we would like, so it's best if we stop, rather than turn out sub-par work". So they walked away from a hit (yes, hit) TV show. Sounds pretty fucking bad-ass to me. In summation: If you never 'got' the show, too bad. That doesn't mean you're the arbiter of what's good or bad, or that you get to bag on others who DID get it. Don't enjoy it? Change the fucking channel, pindick. If you're bitter because FOTC have chosen to quit, and so you're pretending that you're somehow savvy enough to KNOW how 'easy' they had it with their three full-time jobs, and that now they just want to roll around in the hot tubs full of money, you just show yourself for the ignorant fucks you are. Stop your crying, assholes.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Helvetica wins

    by bowiebot3000

    Talkbackers are a waste of life. They live to hate and want everyone to know how much they hate. They only know joy when whacking it to mint-in-box micronaut dolls. If you spend your time posting dumb shit on message boards for things you hate then I have some bad news: no one will ever buy your script, you will live a miserable and lonely life, you will never amount to anything, and yet you will continue to criticize those who are actually creative. Have a good time being miserable your whole life Talkbackers.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    the show sucked anyway

    by torontoxic

    not funny. hard to produce? cry more

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    supermarch...

    by HelveticaBOLD

    I direct you two posts back.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    So..anybody hyped for Gervais/Merchant's next gig?

    by TheWaqman

    Now there's some real talent over there. Fucking brilliant writers. Anybody ever listen to their podcasts with Karl Pilkington? They're even fucking hilarious unscripted.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    well, now i've got hurt feelings

    by johnnylawless2

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Helvetica

    by KneelB4Xod

    That was spot on. A+

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Great Post Helvetica except...

    by Ron's Jeremy

    Why the hate for pindicks? We as a group are generally not bad people, maybe a tad sensitive to pindick jokes but most of my fellow pindickers are fairly cool people. I am a fan of the Conchords and a pindick. Please refrain from stereotyping the penistically challenged. We come in all shapes and sizes.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Ron's Jeremy:

    by HelveticaBOLD

    I spoke without thinking, and I apologize. I have no quarrel with pindicks, just assholes.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Great Show

    by cylon_conspiracy

    I haven't seen the second season yet, but I loved the first season. I think these guys are very talented. Must be the New Zealand humor, a little too low key for Americans. And it was just the two guys, don't forget their "manager", also from New Zealand. He was funny in FOTC and he was funny in Yes, Man.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Big fan

    by JoeD

    And sad to see it go. But two good seasons is much better than 4 mediocre ones. Aziz Ansari as the racist fruit vendor thinking they were Australian was freaking hilarious. Knife stabbing a kiwi in the door. Awesome.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I will miss this show.

    by eric haislar

    It was brilliantly funny and anyone who says writing songs is not hard is a dick.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    and we all know there are

    by eric haislar

    Too many dicks on the dance floor.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    FOTC...I'mma let you finish but...

    by harper54

    ROME had the two strongest seasons of any show I have ever seen hands down final answer.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Someone else said this, but

    by Deathpool

    They had songs already ready to go when the first season got picked up, as they'd been doing their thing for awhile. But season two must have been most if not all new stuff, which was probably much more difficult than they imagined.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    wow

    by seniorspeilbergio

    So there just lazy? Peter Jackson is going to send them to there room without any supper the minute they get home.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    suger lumps and too many dicks will be season 2

    by maceodkat

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    's legacy. shame really.

    by maceodkat

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Loved the show, but it's actually perfect that it's over.

    by CreasyBear

    Life imitating art, the two guys just as uninspired and lazy as the characters on the show. Sublime.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Thank god these two are such lazy bastards!

    by RedJester

    If this show had received another season, I might have had to cancel my HBO subscription for good! Talentless hacks!

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    :(

    by Charlie_Allnut

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    HelveticaBOLD

    by Jaka

    Calling me an asshole for politely expressing my opinion that I think it's lazy makes you the asshole. HBO would let them take as long as they want, the same as they've done with several other series. So, lazy.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Too bad for me

    by Mockingbuddha

    but it's good to go out on a high note. I agree in part with bowiebot, and helvetica in that people who hate what I like, (and I like FOTCs) are assholes, but if you hate what I hate: Morgan Freeman, Titanic, Straszinski's Spider-Man, and Tom Cruise, then you are a valuable and discerning voice in the great debates that take place here. Don't you dare hate on FOTC though. Do any of you freaks know how hard it is to play bass and sing at the same time? Also if bowiebot was being sarcastic then read my post about him sarcastically, and then ironically on top of that and it will still make sense,

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Tough job

    by Larry Sellers

    Writing songs and also writing stories/some dialogue...and also ways to incorporate the songs appropriately. That's a huge creative strain and I'll gladly listen to whatever it is they put out in the future. Season 2 was NOT NEARLY as good as the first and I think the last episode was probably the best of that season. It ended right...the same way it started out. In the show, they're no one, have no careers. The only difference is that now they're in another country. It was a very Seinfeld Finale finale. It was disappointing to some people who like to drag shit out until they're absolutely sick of it. Fuck it. End on a high note. They'll have another HBO special soon enough.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    The humans are dead :'(

    by Kobaal

    100010011010011<p> *sob*

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Sometimes less is more...

    by Antz

    Two season Comedy shows... Fawlty Towers, UK Office, Extras, why keep churning out staff that will become stale when what is there already is just fine.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Too bad...

    by morGoth

    ...I enjoyed their clever song writing and quirky humor. I guess their exclusion of farty-poopy shtick makes them unfit for the self proclaimed hip crowd. So long lads, we hardly knew ya. Why can't the world be just like in my dreams?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    First Season = WIN

    by DickBallsworth

    Second Season, not so much.<p> Also, let it be said that I too am particularly fond of the mixed nuts caper.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    So very lame

    by Pooter the Clown

    Unfunny songs are for morning zoo radio shows. Take your lazy hoody and ironic tee wearing asses back to your chubby girlfriends in Williamsburg.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Pooter the Clown

    by TheJokesOnUs

    Hmmm, a poster on AICN claiming others have chubby girlfriends. Irony, much? Go whack off to your Battlestar DVDs, you zit-faced Code Red drinking WoW addict. See! Stereotypes are easy!

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Anyone who doesn't like this show, read this-

    by TheJokesOnUs

    I am sorry that hipster girl didn't like you. But don't take it out on this.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Chubby girlfriends

    by jackalcack

    That made me laugh

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I love the pro-Concords argument is basically yelling

    by Tall_Boy66

    "If you didn't like the show, you're a retard who can't fuck a cool broad." What are you, in fucking grade 6?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    "You're stupid and you don't have sex!!!"

    by Tall_Boy66

    This is how Concord fans defend their show. This is an actual thing that they do that they think proves their point.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I love the anti-Conchords arguments, too!

    by TheJokesOnUs

    "Stupid show for stupid hipsters. Go back to Williamsburg. This show is not funny to me." Isn't all criticism inherently personal and thus irrelevant? I mean, who am I to explain what's funny to you, or vice-versa? Admittedly, without getting personal, this talkback would essentially be "I find this funny and thus a shame" or "Meh, I don't care."

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Hipsters are funnier targets than lack of sexual activity

    by Tall_Boy66

    You make a crack about how someone can't or didn't fuck some broad, it's been done forever and ever ago. You make a crack about a hipster, you get more chuckles and mileage out of it because hipsters are just inherently douchey AND they haven't been around as long. So, basically, you knocking on someone for being what they perceive to be "cool", because the hipster is supposedly someone who has a finger on the pulse of the next big thing, but in the end they're inherently lame because they like something they think is cool and it thereby elevates their intelligence to what they perceive to be higher than what the non-hipster crowd is watching. It's the ultimate slap back because you're taking what the hipster perceives to be their greatest asset, their stunning individuality that is reflected in their media choices, and turning it back on them by telling the hipster that, no, you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake by watching Choncords, you fall under the same, easily categorized audience box that you despise. Thus, ironically, calling someone a stupid hipster is much more hip and edgier than saying someone doesn't get pussy.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Not their biggest fan but

    by slappy jones

    good on them for not taking the cash and producing a lesser product. Good on them. People who love them fucking looooovvvveee them and I have no doubt HBO would have been willing to hand over quite a bit of cash so I think its good that they did it.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Never in same position again?

    by wcasey

    They are not only making money off of the show and the band. Jemaine has a new movie coming out called Gentlemen Broncos and Bret has been in a few movies so I think they will definitely have many more opportunities, if not for the band, then on their own.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    There are hipsters among us...

    by TheJokesOnUs

    most likely to some degree, a large amount of posters here. Chances are some people here have ironic tees, esoteric musical tastes, Japanese toys, etc. In fact, I'm pretty confident in that a large amount of posters here have the "unwashed virgin geek" in them just as much as the "unwashed skinny jeans Strokes look" in them. So really, I don't know who is fighting who anymore. Just a giant sea of self-loathing.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jaka:

    by HelveticaBOLD

    Uh, no. HBO most certainly would NOT let them take all the time they want to make more episodes. That isn't how it works. FOTC are't Tom Cruise or something, for chrissakes. Popular, yes -- but not "fuck you money" popular. So, no: pretending you know anything about how TV production works when you SO obviously do not, then whining about how your "opinion" should be safe from the critique of someone who -- AT LEAST -- knows more about it than you... well, that all makes YOU the asshole, doesn't it? Now go find a circle-jerk of like-minded haters, where your fragile little ego will be safe from the danger of ever being challenged, okay? You'll obviously feel a whole lot better. What an asshole.

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