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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Goodbye, leggy Conchords, goodbye ...

It's been under-reported, and maybe with good reason since it's still somewhat speculative. But Sunday's season finale of "Flight of the Conchords" could very well be a series finale if we're to believe previous interviews with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie.

The hilarious Kiwi duo has gone on record as saying they're ready to put "Conchords" to bed after two seasons. However, much of that chatter came prior to Season 2's launch and was the likely result of having to write all new songs for another season.

"The second series seems to me like it would be a good end to the show. I feel like another 10 [episodes]... that will be enough," McKenzie told Q Magazine.

Since that quote -- which again, isn't definitive -- there hasn't been confirmation from anyone that Sunday's episode is the end of the Conchords' hallowed HBO run.

But what if that's the case? Shouldn't we, as Conchords fans, be preparing for that grave reality?

I mean, sure there's another album on the horizon, probably a few comedy specials and other creative projects in the mix. But "Flight of the Conchords" will cease to be on TV!

That the decision would fall in line with the British school of comedy makes sense, but "Conchords" has been particularly strong considering the new batch of songs (and plots) were built on the back of last season's glowing success. However, with that comes a growing expectation to raise the bar each time, and while Jemaine and Bret certainly seem up to the challenge -- I mean, they got Art Garfunkel to appear in an episode where Jemaine and Bret play in a Simon and Garfunkel cover band -- maybe that's an expectation the boys feel they can't live up to without other projects falling by the wayside. Or maybe they just don't want to put up with hipster douchebags who'll compare Season 3 to the first one by saying, "Oh, man, they were so much better before they got all those Facebook friends ..."

Either way, it goes without saying that "Conchords" has been one of TV's most original and innovative comedies of the past few years. If Sunday's episode is the series finale, it's been an amazing run with Mel, Murray, Dave, Greg, Doug and the rest of the motley crew they've assembled.

So until word officially comes from the New Zealand Consulate, we'll keep our finger off the panic button and settle for a season finale by paying tribute to five favorite songs that helped confirm our love of keytars and animal print T-shirts forever.

Let's hope there's some party left to rock beyond this weekend.

"Flight of the Conchords"
airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

Business Time

If You're Into It

Cello Tape (The Tape of Love)

Hurt Feelings

Fashion is Danger

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,



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