We haven't seen the last of Amy on Superstore. America Ferrera had previously announced that she was set to leave the hit NBC comedy ahead of season 6. However, it has now been confirmed by the show's producers that Ferrera will return to give her character a proper send-off in the season 6 premiere.
The Superstore season 5 finale recently aired, but it wasn't the ending the creative team originally had planned. Unfortunately, the production shutdown going on right now prevented the network from airing what would have been Amy's farewell. In a recent interview, executive producer Jonathan Green confirmed that America Ferrera is coming back to finish out the arc as planned. Here's what Green had to say about it.
"It ended up not really being much of a bummer at all because pretty immediately we decided that America would be coming back. She really wanted to come back and do the planned finale as our first episode of next season. It was a very quick, mutual decision. There was no back-and-forth about it at all. We were like, 'This obviously has to happen.' And so we'll work around her schedule to make sure that happens, but there was never really a moment where we thought, 'Oh no we're not going to be able to give Amy a sendoff.'"
America Ferrera has been a staple of the show since the beginning. That made her departure a tough pill for fans to swallow in the first place. That said, at least Amy's finale won't be cut short. Ferrera originally announced her departure in February, saying the following in a statement.
"The last five years on 'Superstore' have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career. Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller. I'm so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I'm most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of 'Superstore' and inviting me to be a part of it. As I start the next chapter for my family and career, I wish only the best, and much continued success, to my beloved 'Superstore' family."
Just Spitzer, who served as a writer and producer on The Office, created Superstore. The series debuted in 2015 and has been a staple of NBC's comedy lineup ever since. The cast also includes Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom and Kaliko Kauahi. Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green serve as executive producers alongside Spitzer.
There is no word yet on when season 6 will premiere. Typically, the network would include Superstore as part of its fall lineup. However, given the ongoing production shutdown, it's hard to know when the show will be able to get up and running again. It could end up getting pushed to 2021 as a result. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.