Outspoken Gina Yashere is quick to reveal who made the decision to end it BOB Abishola After only five seasons – CBS, he said. But he also admitted that budget cuts led to him becoming more respectful of his supporting characters in the show’s final year.
As part of a cost-cutting move to secure a renewal of the Warner Bros. comedy, the sitcom’s supporting cast was offered a five-episode guarantee to continue recurring. Only stars Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku used up their series-regular options to remain on the multi-camera comedy full time.
The comedy from executive producers Yashere, Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins and Matt Ross will still produce 13 episodes in its final season.
“The industry is in flux right now. “The money that was there 10 years ago is here now,” Yashere told reporters on the Warner Bros. lot on Tuesday. “We made sure that when we worked with characters, instead of just cramming them into an episode, we focused on the stories by using a character and building a story around them. We make them the center of the episode. We use everything properly. This inspired us to focus more on each character. It was both positive and negative.”
Olowofoyeku fought back tears when asked about ending comedy. BOB Abishola has been a solid ratings performer for CBS; It premiered as the No. 1 new comedy of the 2019–20 television season. Since its second season, no comedy on NBC, ABC or Fox has delivered more viewers, and, along with its Monday time slot partner neighborhoodThey were the top two comedies during the 2022–23 season among African American audiences.
“It’s bittersweet,” Olowofoyeku said. “Bitter because it’s coming to an end, sweet because of the work we’ve done here over the last five years. This is extremely impressive. I can speak for our culture, Nigerians, the reflection of these characters in such a positive light, is something we have longed for. It gives context to our experience as immigrants and as Nigerians as a whole. I think the impact of this show will speak for itself for many years to come. I don’t think we fully understand the work we’ve done here. I feel very grateful. I learned about gratitude in this show.”
Gardell described how the show was seamless in its ability to incorporate her real-life weight loss into the narrative.
“I was in a situation with my health that I needed to make a serious change,” Gardell said. “I talked to Chuck. This man has given me everything. It’s a show about a boy’s recovery and falling in love. Do whatever you want to do and we’ll take that character on that journey. The fact is that this man had a heart attack early on. I hadn’t had a heart attack yet, but I was in danger. I had to make that change.
Ross indicated that there are no grand plans to end the show, nor should there be. “I think you treat the characters like real people. You don’t cater to their lives, you don’t try to tie a bow. You get little windows in these moments. There may be 50 more stories to tell. It’s not our job to say ‘good trips, they’ve finished learning’ and they’ve become interesting.”
BOB Abishola Airs Monday nights at 8:30 pm on CBS
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