OK…for a dollar, would you move your highly popular comedy quiz show to its third network in six seasons?
If you're comedian/actor Billy Eichner (Friends From College, American Horror Story: Cult), your answer comes in the form of Thursday's announcement that Billy on the Street will be leaving truTV after two seasons. There is no official word yet if the series has been picked up for a sixth season by another network.
Billy on the Street has Eichner take to the streets of New York to ask pedestrians questions about pop culture, usually using recurring games like "For A Dollar" and "Quizzed in the Face" and sometimes accompanied by a celebrity guest.
Some past celebrity guests have included: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express), Will Ferrell (The Other Guys), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).
Created and executive-produced by Eichner through comedy website Funny or Die, Billy on the Street aired its first three seasons on Fuse from 2011-2014. The series moved to truTV in 2015 for its fourth and fifth seasons. Billy on the Street was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for Best Variety-Sketch Series for the Hamm episode:
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Eichner alluded to the idea that Billy on the Street was an evolving thing and that some type of change was inevitable:
"My gut tells me that Billy on the Street has always been a bit of an evolving animal," he told the publication. "It started off in segments in my live show, then became segments online, then became a long-form show on one network, then moved to another network, but still had pieces going viral all the time . . . I want to meet my fans where they are, so it's certainly not going away. I would hate for it to go away. I don't know if it's going to take up as much space in my brain as it used to, as much time in my schedule as it used to, but I think it will continue to be a part of my life, and I just have to weave it into all of the other things I'm trying to do."