Variety has confirmed that the single-cam sitcom is set to end with its current sixth season, with the final episodes of the series set to air at the beginning of 2020. With its conclusion, the show will have aired over 100 episodes since it first debuted in 2015.
While “Fresh Off the Boat” is ending, the world of the show may live on with a potential spinoff. An episode of “Fresh Off the Boat” will begin filming in mid-November that will introduce the characters that would form the basis of the new series. Currently titled “Magic Motor Inn,” the spinoff would center on an Indian family whose daughter goes to school with Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang). Vir Das has been cast as father DC while Preity G. Zinta has been cast as the mother, Meena. “Fresh Off the Boat” writer Rachna Fruchbom is attached to write. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.
However, the episode is not a backdoor pilot. If ABC should decide to further develop the spinoff, it would need to shoot a pilot during the traditional pilot season.
News of the ending of the series also comes after star Constance Wu voiced her displeasure on social media when the show was renewed for a sixth season earlier this year. Wu later clarified her comments, saying that she was forced to give up working on another project due to her commitments to the series.
Set in the ’90s, “Fresh Off the Boat” centers on hip-hop loving teenager Eddie Huang and his family, who have adjusted to Orlando and the suburban American lifestyle. Also starring is Randall Park as Eddie’s father, Louis, and Wu as his mother, Jessica. Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen play Eddie’s brothers, and Lucille Soong stars as his grandmother. The comedy is based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang. Nahnatchka Khan created the show and also serves as executive producer. Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, Keith Heisler, Matt Kuhn, and Laura McCreary also executive produce.
The series had seen its ratings decline as it went on and was moved to Friday nights for its fifth season. Season to date, the series is averaging a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings.
Vulture first reported this news.