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Why ‘Broad City’ Didn’t Need to Get Instagram’s Approval for That ‘Stories’ Episode

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(The following story contains spoilers for the fifth season premiere of “Broad City”)

“Broad City” returned Thursday night for its fifth and final season with a different kind of episode. One that was done entirely as if it were a giant Instagram Story.

But it was definitely not an Instagram Story, per se. During a press day at Viacom’s Los Angeles office earlier this month,”Broad City” co-creators/co-stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson explained just how they were able to do nearly an entire episode — titled “Stories” — like that without having to ask for Instagram’s permission.

“It’s not their interface,” Glazer said. “We’d have to comply with their creative boundaries if we worked with them.” They said that’s why they just say “Stories” throughout the episode, noting that most people would get the reference. “It’s different enough [from Instagram’s platform],” added Jacobson.

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Glazer said that they’d been thinking for awhile about doing an episode like this, where Ilana Wexler (Glazer) makes a home video for Abbi Abrams (Jacobson). They did actually film the whole episode on a phone and actually trekked up and down Manhattan (though they did so in a van).

“We talk a lot about social media, I feel like everyone does. It’s become more and more glued to our palms and our eyeballs,” Glazer said. “We kept pushing it and realized people are making [home videos] all the time on Instagram.”

But the episode isn’t just a fun way to break format as the series kicks off its final season. They both pointed out that it’s also a commentary on society’s all-too-frequent need to check any and every screen. At the end of the episode, when the show reverts to its usual, single-camera format, Abbi laments that she can’t really remember any of their day, even though they captured all of it on social media.

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“I love this episode and I’m like, ‘Wow when you watch people’s Stories you’re like spending the day with them,” Jacobson said. “You’re spending the day with these characters in a more intimate way than any other episode we’ve done. Because we’re talking right to you. But I’m also like, ‘This is terrible, we’ve got to get off [social media].’”

But they know that it’s just not that simple. The episode ends with the two of them seeing a double rainbow, then immediately bemoaning that they don’t have a phone to capture the sight.

“It was really risky. We’ve never really broken format like that,” Jacobson continued. “It’s a different attention level, but I kind of think we’re all more on that attention level.”

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Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Have ‘Known for a Few Years’ How They Wanted ‘Broad City’ to End

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are ready to say goodbye to… Abbi (Abrams) and Ilana (Wexler), the fictionalized versions of themselves they’ve been playing for the last 10 years on “Broad City,” which kicks off its fifth and final season Thursday night.

“We’ve known for a few years how we pictured the TV series to end,” Glazer said during a press day at Viacom’s Los Angeles office earlier this month. “I don’t think I realized how much growth we were going to push them through the final season just to get to that endpoint.”

“We kinda just knew what we wanted the last scene to be. We had no idea how we were going to get there,” Jacobson added.

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The final season of the show, which began in 2009 as a web series before Comedy Central picked it up for TV, dovetails nicely with Jacobson and Glazer’s real lives. The two are 34 and 31, respectively, and the final season will show just how much growing up their fictionalized versions have gone through in the past decade.

“At first it was like ‘Comedy! Comedy! Comedy!” Glazer explained. “We were just exploring making something.” But the series, especially in the later seasons, as politics bled into pop culture, “Broad City” took on a slightly more serious, if still absurdist, tone.

“The world has changed drastically since we started,” Jacobson said. “I think we’ve always commented on politics in some way, but we leaned into that a lot more in the later seasons because that’s something we couldn’t ignore anymore.”

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“When we were doing the web series, I don’t think we really ever thought this would happen,” Glazer said. “We weren’t thinking this far in advance. I think it happened naturally on our end, very organically, because we were just growing up and changing.” The two added, like most real-life friendships that shift from your 20s to your 30s, that includes no longer being attached at the hip to each other.

And that extends to what the duo will be doing after “Broad City” wraps. The network has a first-look deal with the two, both together and independently. The deal extends to Comedy Central’s parent company Viacom’s television networks. There are three projects currently in development under this deal: “Mall Town USA,” “Platinum Status,” and “Young Professionals.”

Broad City premieres its fifth and final season on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET.

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‘Broad City’ Co-Creator Abbi Jacobson: FX Passed Because Series Was ‘Too Girly’

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s “Broad City” and Comedy Central may seem like a match made in heaven — except the cabler wasn’t the first network to take interest in the co-creators’ show.

According to Jacobson, that was FX. In her new book, I Might Regret This,” the actress reveals the reason she thinks the female-led comedy was never picked up by the network, which she says originally bought the show’s script and handed it a pilot order: the cabler’s male chief thought it was “too girly.”

“After we got to a place we all felt good, it was handed up to the man in charge, the man we never met, the man at the top. He’d probably never heard of us, the show, or the year we’d been in development, and he wasn’t into it,” Jacobson wrote of her time spent preparing with partner Glazer and Amy Poehler — who signed on to executive produce. “It was, as we were told, ‘too girly.’ So, they passed. We were devastated. This thing that was once so far-fetched has actually started to come to fruition, and then was abruptly taken away.”

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The man Jacobson is seemingly referring to here is FX Networks CEO, John Landgraf, who has been at the helm of the cabler since 2013 and would have been “the man at the top” at the time Jacobson and Glazer were developing the series.

When reached for comment by TheWrap, an FX spokesman said the network never ordered a pilot for “Broad City,” and only ordered a script development. There was no further comment regarding who Jacobson is referencing in her book.

Ultimately “Broad City” did find its way to Comedy Central, where it is about to enter its fifth and final season. And Jacobson says that deal was struck thanks to a lot of help from Poehler. But that doesn’t mean FX’s comments didn’t made her rethink whether or not her and Glazer’s show was meant to be at all.

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“Call me crazy, or naive, but this seems counterintuitive, outdated, and like a complete waste of time,” Jacobson wrote. “Do I sound annoyed or heated by this snub, over six years later? Maybe, but because I’ve been in the game a minute now and it keeps happening like that. Development for development’s sake. Hard work kept at a certain level, aimed and focused in the direction of what the big boss’s reaction might be. All to please one person. I suppose that’s the vision of any given network, but that’s a tough battle to win.”

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Comedy Central announced when the final season of “Broad City” will premiere on Thursday. That date is Jan. 24, 2019.

The network also released a trailer for the upcoming final season, which you can see above.

“Broad City” will be followed by the premiere of new series, “The Other Two,” which is from former “Saturday Night Live” head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, with Lorne Michaels as an executive producer.

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Glazer and Jacobson previously teased “Broad City’s” final season, telling TheWrap it will not shy from emotion as it continues to deliver smart and absurdist comedy. “I feel like we always try to write the funniest [story], but heading toward the ending is going to be pretty heavy, and everyone is going to know it when the season starts,” Glazer said. “There’s a lot of growth in the upcoming season.”

When “Broad City” wraps, Comedy Central will still be in business with Glazer and Jacobson. The network has a first-look deal with the two, both together and independently. The deal extends to Comedy Central’s parent company Viacom’s television networks. There are three projects currently in development under this deal: “Mall Town USA,” “Platinum Status,” and “Young Professionals.”

See Comedy Central’s description of the three new projects below:

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Mall Town USA: Mall Town USA is an animated comedy that follows the afterschool misadventures of a 13-year-old girl navigating the complexities of life in the classic microcosm of American culture that is The Mall. Mall Town USA is written and created by Gabe Liedman (Broad CityBrooklyn Nine-Nine) and executive produced by Jacobson and Glazer.

Platinum Status: Set in the hipster-heavy east side of Los Angeles, Platinum Status tells the story of professional backup singer Noah (Eliot Glazer), a gay guy who’s always felt left out of the “community.” And after he’s dumped by his boyfriend of ten years, Noah rebounds in the least likely way: by hooking up with a girl. With help from his friends Kevin and Mimi and guidance from his kinda-sorta-girlfriend Alexa, Noah tries to evolve both in the bedroom and the recording studio. Eliot Glazer will write and executive produce and Ilana Glazer will also executive produce along with Principato Young’s Peter Principato and Brian Steinberg and Electric Avenue’s Will Arnett and Marc Forman.

Young Professionals: At age twenty-four, David Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” Litt served as the lead writer for many of President Obama’s most memorable comedic moments, and his recent memoir, Thanks, Obama, is a New York Times bestseller. Inspired by Litt’s coming-of-age in our nation’s capital, Young Professionals follows five housemates growing up – personally, politically, and professionally – in the hopelessly absurd world of Washington, D.C. Young Professionals is written by and executive produced by Litt, with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer also serving as executive producers.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Latina Socialist With ‘Broad City’ Endorsement, Scores Stunning Upset Win

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Twenty-eight-year-old Latina socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took down 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley by a 15-point margin in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday night, and is now on her way to becoming the youngest woman in Congress. The win is all anyone is talking about.

Ocasio-Cortez, who, according to the Atlantic, was bartending and waiting tables in Manhattan to support her family less than a year ago, unseated the potential speaker of the House and has quickly become a political favorite in Hollywood, gathering endorsements from the likes of Ava DuVernay to the New York-centric comedy “Broad City.”

When DuVernay took to Twitter Wednesday morning to condemn President Donald Trump for his most recent attack on Representative Maxine Waters, she threw in a compliment to Ocasio-Cortez/warning to POTUS.

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“Ignore the women of color replacing the old guard at your own peril,” the Oscar-nominated director tweeted. “Three words: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

On the same day she scored her surprise win, the Bronx-born member of the Democratic Socialists of America earned her endorsement from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s Comedy Central series, retweeting their support with the message, “Ocasio2018 is Broad City official! Raking in endorsements till the last dang minute.”

She even caught the eye of former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson who tweeted, “Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign. Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.”

The win was truly an upset, as Crowley hadn’t been challenged by a member of the Democratic party since 2004.

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See DuVernay and “Broad City”s endorsements for Ocasio-Cortez below.

Ignore the women of color replacing the old guard at your own peril. Three words: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. https://t.co/yoXFNb4Zm9

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 27, 2018

Ocasio2018 is Broad City official! ????????????

Raking in endorsements till the last dang minute ???? https://t.co/H1XhBKYCQQ

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 26, 2018

https://t.co/9EjYhKDYs5
Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign. Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.

— Jill Abramson (@JillAbramson) June 27, 2018

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This story about “Broad City” first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Comedy Central’s “Broad City” is so aspirational in its narrative about two twentysomething New Yorkers, it’s hard to think of the series as anything but a bunch of beginnings. Still, creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are packing up their starter apartments, dismantling bongs, deleting Tinder accounts and heading into adulthood.

The upcoming fifth season will be their last, and it will not shy from emotion as it continues to deliver smart and absurdist comedy.

“I feel like we always try to write the funniest [story], but heading toward the ending is going to be pretty heavy, and everyone is going to know it when the season starts,” Glazer said. “There’s a lot of growth in the upcoming season.”

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This past season, their fourth, hinted at that growth. The duo have always played heightened versions of themselves, hustling in the big city and looking for personal fulfillment while trying to make ends meet.

In Season 4, Abbi and Ilana drew strength from their friendship to grapple with a hostile culture for outspoken women, cope with both family loss and depression and slowly but surely inch away from their more impulsive millennial ways.

They’re banking money instead of overdrafting their checking accounts, for instance, and old flames are piling up, occasionally with some regrets. They’re confronting the idea of thriving, not surviving.

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“We’re getting older, too,” said Jacobson. “We’re going through these big changes just like they are, so it’s natural that it’s reflected in our storytelling as well.”

The series made national headlines before it started airing, when the creators said they would bleep mentions of President Trump’s name like they would any other obscenity. At last year’s Television Critics Association convention, Glazer said the decision was made because the showrunners didn’t want to share airtime with the political leader whose oversaturation they found “gross.”

“We never plan stuff to be stunty,” Glazer told TheWrap. “We find out what people react to the most when the show comes out.”

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But there’s irrefutable proof that the stars are bumping up against the challenges of modern women. Take the episode “Witches,” a meditation on female power in the age of Botox. The show, which stages a massive bonfire ritual in Central Park where woman of all stripes deliriously claim their power, plays less like a satire of a Breitbart editor’s worst nightmare and more like a rousing commitment to intersectional feminism in the age of #MeToo and the president they dare not name.

This year their onscreen alter egos also tripped on acid, survived a bedbug infestation, lobbied to live in a Florida retirement community, worked out with Shania Twain and solved an attempted murder with guest star Steve Buscemi — because this is still the “Broad City” you know and love.

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The continuity extended to guest stars. The series paid off a four-seasons-long joke about Twain by having her appear. RuPaul returned as Ilana’s boss on her job slinging sushi. Fran Drescher, Jane Curtin, Mike Birbiglia and Sandra Bernhard also popped up.

As Jacobson and Glazer look at the exit sign, however, expect fewer cameos and a deeper focus on the characters they’ve built over the years.

“Weirdly, this season more than ever is a little less of that,” said Jacobson. “We’re so excited about some of the people we have in mind, but it feels so centered around the girls and the recurring cast.”

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