Danny McBride has a knack for playing a foul-mouthed jerk, and his previous HBO comedy Eastbound & Down showcased his ability to berate high school students with his colorful language and man-child furry. The role change from P.E. teacher to high school vice principal in his new comedy series Vice Principals looked set to provide fans of McBride with hours of immature men abusing their administrative power over teenagers and staff, but it turns out the series wont linger around for more than 2 terms of comedy service. Variety has reported that Vice Principals only has plans to run for 2 seasons before the cast and crew move onto other projects.
Creators of the show Jody Hill and Danny McBride have stated that they have “already shot the 18 episodes” that would comprise the 2 seasons, when asked if they would film more if the show was a success Hill responded with no, “that’s it.”
McBride explained that he and Hill ” just wanted to make a really long movie. It’s one school year and a complete story”. The original concept for the show was an old screenplay that Hill and McBride had written in 2006, but as McBride stated “we needed it to be longer so we added and reworked it and broke it up into 18 segments.” HBO seems to have faith in the success of the project and the direction the creators are going with it, McBride said “HBO trusted us to make those episodes without anyone watching them, so they really, really trust us.”
Though this decision to make the show a limited affair may disappoint some, the positives of the choice outweigh the negatives. Often shows that continue beyond their prime, or that have a loose or insignificant overarching plot, can find themselves loosing the magic that brought them their success. Having a show that sets out to tell a complete story that entertains and satisfies brings fans the best of both worlds. HBO’s success with short but complete stories like True Detective has shown that audiences love a well told story that ends at the right moment. Their new Limited series The Night Of proves that they believe in story over episode count.
Vice Principals will star McBride and Walton Goggins (Justified, Django Unchained) who play two high school vice principals locked in a ridiculous war for the position of principal. The show will join HBO’s spectacular comedy line-up which includes Veep and Silicon Valley. Vice Principals and Silicon Valley have also been confirmed for panels at this years San Diego Comic-Con.
Vice Principals premieres on HBO July 17.