With all the paths to resurrection that canceled-too-soon cult TV classics have at their disposal these days, it’s natural for fans of, well, basically any beloved series fitting that criteria to do some hoping. Alas, for fans of Comedy Central’s 1999-2000 inaugural sitcom, Strangers With Candy, creators Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello effectively squashed any chance that Jerri Blank could be making a comeback on Netflix, or anywhere else.
“I wouldn’t [want to revive the series]” Sedaris said in an interview with Esquire, as part of the magazine’s “TV Reboot Tournament” – a March Madness-style voting bracket of canceled TV shows in need of new life. “I mean, I wouldn’t want to. I like that we did what we did and we moved on. I mean, I don’t even know if I could play [Jerri Blank] now. It would just be so different. I kind of like what it was and I would like it to stay that way. For me personally.” Dinello agreed. “I like the mystery of her. I don’t think you want too much information about her.”
Along with Stephen Colbert, Dinello and Sedaris created Strangers With Candy after working together in Chicago’s Second City troupe. The series only lasted three seasons before Comedy Central pulled the plug, but fan fervor and popular support online resulted in a 2005 movie, which opened to mixed reviews. Still, despite the fact that we won’t be seeing Jerri Blank: the 21st century streetwalker anytime soon, SWC diehards can revisit the series on Hulu, or can purchase their favorite episodes from Amazon and iTunes. “Goooooood times!” as Blank would cackle.