Aidy Bryant's hit Hulu comedy Shrill is coming to an end with the current third season, and if you've been a fan from the start, you might be concerned about the show's chance to end things or just being canceled abruptly. From the sound of things, it was just a series of circumstances that made the decision for everyone, but that decision was made in time for the creative team to craft an ending on their own terms.
Part of the decision could have been the film restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Creator and star Bryant had previously performed double duty while filming: The first two seasons were filmed in Portland, OR, during one shoot Saturday night live Pause so she could come back then SNL right away. With the pandemic making this setup impossible for the foreseeable future, Bryant had to skip that SNL Fall 2020 season to stay in the Portland movie bubble for the third season of Shrill.
"We are incredibly proud of this upcoming third and final season and we are very grateful to the audience that bonded with this story. It is a great honor to have worked so closely with the writers, cast and crew Shrill while I continue my work at SNLIt's a time I will never forget. I have infinite love for our Portland crew and I look forward to returning to NY and rejoining my other work family SNL in the meantime, "Bryant said out loud in a statement THR.
Although no one came out right and said it, it is possible that the decision will end Shrill wasn't entirely left to Bryant. "We knew later (that this would be the final season) but during (filming)," Bryant told Refinery29. However, the fact that they learned about the end of the show before packing up meant they had time to find a suitable ending. "I feel like we have to make some decisions that have brought us to a place that we have been really happy with, and that's more than I ever thought we'd get, you know what I am my? To be happy with the ending. "