During Conan O’Brien’s Late Night, famed writer and comedian Judd Apatow announced that the Pete Holmes helmed series, Crashing, will not be returning for a fourth season run. An HBO representative also confirmed the unfortunate news and announced the series’ official last episode will air this Sunday March 17th at 10 p.m.
Via Vulture, the executive producer mentioned that Crashing technically isn’t “really canceled” and that the creative team behind the series simply just decided to not move forward with any additional production plans. When the late night host pressed for more information, Apatow then explained HBO’s reasoning behind their decision: “They told us we should never make any more.”
Crashing, not to be confused with the UK show of the same name, was created by Pete Holmes and executive produced by the comedian with occasional series’ director, Judd Apatow. The first season originally aired on HBO from February 19th up until April 9th in 2017.
The semi-autobiographical series revolved around a fictional version of Holmes, as he attempts to get his life back on track by pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. His wife’s revelation of infidelity and subsequent homelessness as a result, become the catalyst for his sudden career change. Throughout the show, several comedians make guest appearances as themselves in recurring roles such as fellow comedian T. J. Miller.
After successfully pitching the idea to Apatow back in 2015, Holmes completed the pilot script which quickly got picked up by HBO almost immediately, with Apatow attached as director. The success of the pilot led HBO to greenlight the series’ complete first season by January 2016. By the airing of its first four episodes, the studio agreed for a second season renewal, which premiered in January 2018.
By March 2019, Holmes announced via Twitter that Crashing would not be picked up for a fourth season, while also hinting of the possibility that the series would be adapted into a feature film.
There still a potential we'll do a movie, and no lie, if you watch the finale you'll see it wraps up VERY nicely. Sort of eerie, actually. We kept accidentally calling it the "series finale" on set while we were shooting. Please watch! Sunday at 10.
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) March 8, 2019