Chidlrens Hospital will come to an abrupt end after seven seasons. The sitcom will not continue into Season 8.
Breaking the news to Vulture, series creator and star Rob Corddry insists that the decision to cancel/end the Adult Swim series was his own, and one that was only made very recently:
Can you walk me through the decision to end Childrens Hospital?
I considered lying to you and saying this was the plan going into season seven, because that would paint me as a very confident, organized creative person. But the truth is I’m just a creative person who’s honest with himself. Over the last couple of months, I had a feeling larva that transformed into a thought caterpillar, and, to continue the metaphor, then became a decision butterfly.
Talking with random people who understood the business and weren’t directly associated with Childrens really helped me get my thoughts together. Then, as so often happens, the final decision was just a magical moment of like, Oh yeah. That’s what I should do. It’s time. We did it.
What were the factors you considered?
One thing that made the decision a little easier was how strong this season was. If I had been disappointed by this season, I would not have been able to stop doing it. This show, season after season, has been an exercise in perfecting this world. We just finished editing this season a couple of weeks ago, and it really is the ultimate season of Childrens Hospital. That wasn’t the decision-maker but it certainly was a strong factor. It’s uncomfortable for us to think this way as American creators because that’s not the way it happens here: You don’t decide to end your show, a corporation decides via algorithms. So I realized, in retrospect, this was the only way it could have happened.
The series finale of Childrens Hospital is slated to air April 22, 2016.