Kim’s Convenience will be concluding at the end of this season, the producers of the CBC comedy series announced in a statement on Monday.
The show is currently in its fifth season, and the final episode will air April 13. The show’s producers said in a statement that the co-creators of Kim’s Convenience confirmed to them that they were moving on to other projects.
“Given their departure from the series, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot deliver another season of the same heart and quality that has made the show so special,” the producers said in a statement.
The Canadian Screen Award-winning show premiered on CBC in 2016 and is based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi, who co-created the series with Kevin White. The Toronto-set show stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang and Simu Liu as the titular Kim family, as well as Andrew Phung and Nicole Power.
Lee and Phung have each won a pair of Canadian Screen Awards for their work on the show, while Liu will star in the upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
“We were the little show that could,” Phung said in a series of tweets, during which he shared his appreciation for his co-stars and the creative team behind the show. “This truly Canadian show allowed people to see themselves on television.
“We saw Appa and Umma and connected to their immigrant story and struggle to build a life in a new country. We saw Jung and Janet and watched second-generation Canadians grow into their own.”
To my fellow costars. <a href=”https://twitter.com/bitterasiandude?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@bitterasiandude</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/jean_yoon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@jean_yoon</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/SimuLiu?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SimuLiu</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/NicolePower3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@NicolePower3</a> and Andrea Bang, it was the greatest honour to watch you act, learn from you, and act alongside you. Every day with you with an absolute joy. I’m so proud of everything we created and cherish all moments… <a href=”https://t.co/dL6tgRvrNO”>pic.twitter.com/dL6tgRvrNO</a>
“It’s been a privilege and a very great pleasure to work with the Kim’s family of gifted writers and performers for the last five years,” the producers said. “Thank you to our fans for the love and support you’ve given this show.”
Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of entertainment, factual and sports, said the show “has built a powerful and inspiring connection with audiences in Canada and around the world.”
“While we are sad to say goodbye to this beloved and groundbreaking show, we are incredibly proud to have been part of its journey and understand the producers’ creative decision to wrap up the show at this time.”