Comedy Central generally gives their primetime shows second seasons, unless they really tank or they’re hosted by Norm Macdonald. So when they saw that the sketch show “Key & Peele” was getting good critical reception, as well as decent ratings, giving them a second season was a no-brainer for them.
In a press release announcing the pickup, the network’s head of original programming, Kent Alterman, joked that “Because ‘Key & Peele’ has been so immediately and universally well received, I was worried if we didn’t give the show a quick pick up, people might accuse me of being racist.” The show does examine race, but mainly from the perspective of two stars, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who grew up in mixed-race households and have learned different ways of projecting themselves, depending on who they’re with.
Key and Peele responded in the press release in a very understatedly funny fashion: “We are honored, humbled and most importantly contractually obligated to deliver a second season to Comedy Central.”
With the security of a second season, let’s hope these two talented guys can forge their own path on CC, so the show is not constantly being thought of as the heir apparent to “Chappelle’s Show.”
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