Danny McBride’s ‘Vice Principals’ Will Only Be Two Seasons Long ‘And That’s It’

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Fans of “Eastbound & Down” will be happy to know that “Vice Principals,” the new HBO comedy starring Danny McBride, promises the same type of debauchery. “Vice Principals,” however, is settling into the television trend of “short and sweet,” in other words — few seasons.

“The whole series is only 18 episodes and that’s it. We just wanted to make a really long movie. It’s one school year and a complete story,” McBride said at the show’s premiere. “This was an old screenplay that Jody [Hill] and I wrote back in 2006. But we needed it to be longer so we added and reworked it and broke it up into 18 segments.”

“HBO trusted us to make those episodes without anyone watching them, so they really, really trust us,” McBride said.

When asked if they would be interested in making more episodes if the first two seasons go well, executive producer and director Hill had a very simple answer.

“No,” he said. “We already shot the 18 episodes and that’s it.”


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Although no strangers to success on HBO, their new show will be going up against critically acclaimed series like “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” Executive producer and director David Gordon Green, who is also McBride and Hill’s longtime friend and collaborator, isn’t phased by the pressure since he says they’ve never been “critical darlings.”

“We march to our own beat,” Green said. “We try to tell the stories we want to tell, without compromising and we try not to follow market trends.”

“Vice Principals” premieres July 17 on HBO.

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  1. Junk says:

    This show is amazing. I’m sad to just now learn there’s only one more season left.There is no ‘McBride comedy era.’
    Only the comical​ goddamn genius mastery of Danny Aloiscious McBride the Third, Esquire…

    I really couldn’t remember dude’s middle name and I’m baked as shit so..

  2. slackerinc says:

    In that context, it’s “fazed”, not “phased”.

  3. Kenny says:

    The show is much better than I would have thought. It has laugh out loud moments that are quite surprisingly funny. The characters are developing very well.

  4. martha coppinger says:

    Loved the first season.Its one of my favorites.i think as good as veep and silicon valley.

  5. Sandy says:

    Brillant writing and fantastic story line….cant wait to see what happens to Gamby after the shooting and what tricks of dubachary come next..A+ for the Vice Principals!!! Thx Mcbride and Hill for staying true to the arts…giving us a great story and not following tbe trends of Hollywood. 🙏

  6. Jake says:

    I can’t friggin’ wait

  7. Mealine says:

    I hope that it’s funny. Now that HBO has cancelled “The Brink”, I need something to watch until the next season of “Veep” begins.

  8. Hoss says:

    2006? no wonder it looks old and not very interesting. i’m sorry but the danny mcbride comedy era has passed.

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