Comedy Central's 'The Meltdown' to End After 3 Seasons

The Hollywood Reporter

The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail is coming to an end.

The upcoming third season of the Comedy Central series will be its last, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The news comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement by hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani that the live stand-up show on which the series is based will end its run next month. In addition to a lengthy post on The Meltdown's website, Nanjiani opened up about the decision to pull the plug in a series of tweets Thursday.

Personally, I will miss the show a ridiculous amount. But it felt like the right time to say goodbye, almost 6 years to the day we started.

- Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 22, 2016

 

I'll never be able to thank our fans enough. Seeing you every Wednesday made my day better every time. I will forever miss that feeling.

- Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 22, 2016

 

The final live show, which will take place Wednesday at the Nerdist Showroom at Los Angeles' Meltdown Comics, is set for Oct. 19. The third and final season of the Comedy Central series will kick off on Sept. 27 and wrap on Nov. 22. Ray and Nanjiani executive produce the series with Emily V. Gordon, Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Deborah Liebling, Mike Rosenstein and Jonas Larsen.

"As the live show is coming to an end, we've mutually agreed to make this the third and final season of The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail," Comedy Central said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Jonah, Kumail and Emily on future projects."

Over the years, The Meltdown welcomed an impressive lineup of celebrity guests including Marc Maron, Nick Offerman, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Jenny Slate, Paul Scheer, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Pally, Hannibal Buress, Fred Armisen and John Mulaney, among others. The live show was famed for welcoming stand-up comics on the fly, most notably Robin Williams and Louis C.K.

The weekly live show began in 2010, before Comedy Central picked it up to series in 2013. The series ran for three eight-episode seasons, most recently earning a renewal in November 2015. Since the series' debut, Nanjiani has gone on to fame as one of the stars of the acclaimed HBO comedy Silicon Valley. His other credits include the X-Files revival and the upcoming film Fist Fight. Ray, whose credits include The Soup and Maron, is set to host Netflix's Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival.

For Comedy Central, the end of The Meltdown follows the cancellation of The Nightly Show in September, as well as the end of Key & Peele  - which won an Emmy Sunday - in 2015. Amy Schumer also recently announced that, although her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer has been renewed for a fifth season, it will not be back for the "foreseeable future." Earlier this week, the Viacom-owned cable network ordered Moshe Kasher's Problematic to series.

Sept. 23, 11:50 a.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the series-finale date as Nov. 16. It is Nov. 22.