All good things, even beloved regular things, must come to an end. After a tremendous run on Cartoon Network, Regular Show is calling it quits. The upcoming eighth season of the show, which will air later this month, was confirmed by the network and the creators to be its final.
Cartoon Network announced on Tuesday that Regular Show would be ending after more than 250 episodes. The network took to their Twitter account to announced that the final season would be going by the title Regular Show In Space, to coincide with the cliffhanger from last season. Series creator, writer and director J. G. Quintel talked a bit about the show ending in a statement following the announcement.
"Making 'Regular Show' has been so much fun. We got to tell all of the stories we wanted to tell, and making the choice to go out exactly how we want to go out. We're so proud and excited for people to see how we're wrapping things up in a big, big way. We're bringing everything full circle."
Regular Show started as a student project for Quintel when he was at CalArts and was eventually picked up by Cartoon Network. The show started airing in 2010 and centers around the absolutely insane adventures of a blue jay named Mortdecai and raccoon named Rigby who work at a park. Other characters on the show included a talking gumball machine named Benson, High Five Ghost and a talking Yeti named Skips voiced by Mark Hamill. From the very start, the show has been absolutely absurd, but the absurdity allowed the show to go to some very unique and interesting places over its run. Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher had nothing but kind words to say about the show.
"From JG's original pitch on post-it notes, through eight successful seasons and more than 250 episodes produced, 'Regular Show' has been one of the most original animated series of this generation creating indelible characters and signature comedy mayhem laced with heart. Our sincere thanks to this talented crew and cast for their incredible dedication, and I'm proud that they all agreed to go up in space together for one hilarious final journey."
The absurdist nature of Regular Show shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Quintel's career. He got his start with Cartoon Network writing for Camp Lazlo!, but it was when he became creative director for the short-lived but much beloved The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack that things really started to take shape. Though that show only lived for a couple of seasons, it was out of the ashes of Flapjack that Regular Show was able to rise. He has been hard at work on the series ever since, even directing the TV movie Regular Show: The Movie last year.
Regular Show has also garnered some critical acclaim during its run, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program in 2012 for the episode "Eggscellent." It has been nominated for a total of five Emmys since its debut. Season 8 of Regular Show will be taking place entirely in space. The season 8 premiere of Regular Show will be on Monday, September 26 at 8 p.m. and will air weeknights through January until the finale. We have the new poster for this finale season, along with the first clip to enjoy here.
Regular Show In Space starts September 26!— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) September 13, 2016
Stay tuned to our channels for a sneak peek of the first episode... pic.twitter.com/iE2FOpOQRs
"We are going to figure out how to get home."— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) September 13, 2016
Here's your first look at Regular Show In Space! 🚀🌠 pic.twitter.com/83vMWFBvGs