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‘Superstore’ Season Finale: America Ferrera, Showrunners Talk Navigating Unexpected Shortened Season, Return Of Amy And Season 6

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‘Superstore’ Season Finale: America Ferrera, Showrunners Talk Navigating Unexpected Shortened Season, Return Of Amy And Season 6
Spoiler Alert: This article contains details about the season five finale of Superstore.

Due to the pandemic and the subsequent shut down of Hollywood, Cloud 9 had to close its doors earlier than expected. Yup, the NBC comedy Superstore had to cut its fifth season short — and it threw a wrench in the plans considering America Ferrera was going to bid farewell as the character of Amy.

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Even so, co-showrunners Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller managed to make it work and give Ferrera’s Amy part one of a goodbye that will eventually go into season six.

In the episode titled “California Part 1”, the story centers on Amy,
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Superstore Finale: EPs Weigh In on America Ferrera's Delayed Departure — How Long Is She Sticking Around?

Superstore Finale: EPs Weigh In on America Ferrera's Delayed Departure — How Long Is She Sticking Around?
America Ferrera’s prolonged goodbye to Superstore commenced on Thursday night with an episode that was originally meant to serve as the first half of a two-part finale.

As previously reported, NBC’s No. 1 comedy was unable to complete production on Season 5’s 22nd installment — aka Ferrera’s intended farewell episode — due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the season concluded with “California Part 1,” in which Amy accepted an offer to move to California and become Cloud 9’s new Director of Customer Experience. Shortly thereafter, Jonah decided to go with her.

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America Ferrera to Exit ‘Superstore’ After Current Season

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America Ferrera to Exit ‘Superstore’ After Current Season
America Ferrera is set to leave the NBC comedy series “Superstore” upon the conclusion of its current fifth season.

Ferrera has been with the show since it launched and is also an executive producer on the single-camera series in addition to directing multiple episodes.

“The last five years on ‘Superstore’ have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career,” Ferrera said. “Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller. I’m so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I’m most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of ‘Superstore’ and inviting me to be a part of it. As I start the next chapter for my family and career,
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America Ferrera To Leave ‘Superstore’ After 5 Seasons

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America Ferrera To Leave ‘Superstore’ After 5 Seasons
Superstore star and executive producer America Ferrera will be leaving the NBC comedy series following its current fifth season, which wraps April 16.

The announcement of Ferrera’s pending exit comes two weeks after the series, from creator Justin Spitzer and Universal Television, was renewed for a sixth season.

“The last five years on Superstore have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career,” Ferrera said. “Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller. I’m so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I’m most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of ‘Superstore’ and inviting me to be a part of it. As I start the next chapter for my family and career,
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America Ferrera Leaving Superstore

America Ferrera Leaving Superstore
Here’s an announcement that is sure to send shockwaves through Cloud 9: Superstore star and executive producer America Ferrera is leaving NBC’s No. 1 comedy, which has already been renewed for a sixth season. She will make her final appearance as store manager Amy Sosa in the Season 5 finale (airing Thursday, April 16 at 8/7c).

“The last five years on Superstore have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career,” Ferrera said in a statement. “Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller.
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‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC

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NBC has renewed “Superstore” for a sixth season.

The sitcom is currently airing Season 5.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Superstore’ continues to speak to many important and topical issues while simultaneously being hilarious,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming for NBC Entertainment.

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Justin Spitzer is the creator and also executive produces along with star America Ferrera, director Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad. Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green also serve as executive producers and co-showrunners. It’s produced by Universal Television, Spitzer Holding Company, Miller Green Broadcasting and The District.

The series has been running since 2015, and follows the lives of employees who work in a big box store.

Miller and Green took over as co-showrunners of the workplace in April, while Spitzer shifts his focus to new development for Universal Television.
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‘Superstore’ Renewed For Season 6 By NBC

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NBC’s Thursday comedy anchor Superstore has received an early Season 6 renewal by the network. It joins fellow workplace comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which also has been renewed for next season.

In its fifth season, Superstore, starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman, is averaging a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall in Live+7 Day Nielsens, sharing top honors among NBC’s comedy series with The Good Place. The season premiere has surged to a 3.4 in 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers when viewing on all platforms is counted.

That is because Superstore continues to rank as one of NBC’s strongest digital performers, generating 50% of its Live+35 day 18-49 average this season from digital sources, tying The Good Place as NBC’s most digital series so far this season. Along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore is one of the most watched programs on Hulu.

NBC brass also have been happy creatively
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‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC

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‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC
Superstore” has been renewed for a sixth season at NBC.

The news comes as the show is currently airing its fifth season. It is currently averaging a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings. Per NBC, the Season 5 premiere has risen to a 3.4 rating and 7.5 million viewers when factoring in multi-platform viewing.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Superstore’ continues to speak to many important and topical issues while simultaneously being hilarious,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming for NBC Entertainment.

The single-camera comedy series takes place in fictional big box store Cloud 9 and stars America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom, Kaliko Kauahi, and Mark McKinney. It was created by Justin Spitzer, who serves as an executive producer along with Ferrera, director Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller, and Jonathan Green. Miller and Green also serve as co-showrunners.
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Superstore Plots Myrtle Tribute Episode Honoring Late Actress Linda Porter

Superstore Plots Myrtle Tribute Episode Honoring Late Actress Linda Porter
Cloud 9 will pay its respects to a dearly departed associate when Superstore returns in the new year.

The NBC workplace comedy is set to acknowledge the passing of Myrtle, who was played by the late Linda Porter. In the episode, which airs on Thursday, Jan. 16, employees will “wrestle with the loss of their beloved co-worker… and the fact that she left a large sum of money to Jonah,” according to the official logline.

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‘Superstore’: NBC Ups Season 5 Order To 22 Episodes With 4-Episode Pickup

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Blue-collar comedy Superstore continues to be the unsung hero of NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup. And in recognition of its solid ratings performance, the network has ordered four more episodes, bringing its Season 5 total to 22.

That is considered a full-season order, and, besides the first season, which was short as Superstore started off as a midseason replacement, the comedy has gotten full-season orders every year. It is expected to be the only NBC comedy series this season to produce 22 episodes.

It is unclear why Superstore had a 18-episode fifth season pickup to begin with, but the back order also is a vote of confidence to the series following the showrunner change at the end of Season 4, with creator Justin Spitzer stepping down and Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green taking over.

So far in its fifth season, Superstore is averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall in Live+7. It
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‘Superstore’ Season 5 Scores Four More Episodes at NBC

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“Superstore” fans will be doing a little dance in the aisles.

NBC has ordered four more episodes of the hit comedy, lengthening its fifth season to a full 22 episodes.

So far in season 5, “Superstore” is averaging a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.9 million total viewers after seven days of delayed viewing. In terms of its Live+Same Day performance, the show is NBC’s sixth highest rated series overall, averaging a 0.77 through six episodes.

“Superstore” centers around Amy (America Ferrera), who was recently promoted to be the store manager, and Jonah (Ben Feldman), a dreamer determined to prove work doesn’t have to be boring. Their fellow associates include the sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the sweet and clueless Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom), and the perpetually dismissed Sandra (Kaliko Kauahi.

Also on the team are Glenn (Mark McKinney), who stepped down as manager in an attempt to have more family time, and
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‘Superstore’ Pays Tribute To The Late Linda Porter With End Card

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‘Superstore’ Pays Tribute To The Late Linda Porter With End Card
Linda Porter was remembered tonight by the producers of NBC’s Superstore with an end card reading “In Loving Memory” at the show’s conclusion.

Porter died Sept. 25 at age 86 after a long battle with cancer. The character actress appeared in dozens of TV series and feature films, but was perhaps best known for her role as Myrtle in Superstore.

Porter most recently was seen in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian in the May 16 Season 4 finale of Superstore. The fan favorite had recently been rehired as new manager Amy’s (America Ferrera) assistant after being laid off in Season 3, and then brought back as a customer-greeting hologram.

Since Season 1, Porter appeared in 35 episodes of the NBC comedy series, which is now in its fifth season. She had not filmed any Season 5 episodes before her death.

“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and
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Superstore Honors Late Cast Member Linda Porter With Episode Dedication

Superstore Honors Late Cast Member Linda Porter With Episode Dedication
Thursday’s episode of Superstore included a touching tribute to actress Linda Porter, who died last month at the age of 86. Porter’s character, Myrtle Vartanian, appeared in 35 episodes of the NBC comedy during its first four seasons. She showed up for the last time in the May 2019 finale.

The tribute came in the form of a title card at the end of the episode, seen below:

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‘Superstore’ Actress Linda Porter Dies at 86

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‘Superstore’ Actress Linda Porter Dies at 86
“Superstore” actress Linda Porter has died, her representatives have confirmed to Variety. She was 86.

Porter, who also appeared in “Twin Peaks: The Return,” “Mercy,” “American Horror Story,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Gilmore Girls” and other series dating back to the late 1980s, most recently played Myrtle on “Superstore.” She appeared in 35 episodes as a store employee in the NBC comedy.

“Superstore” executive producers Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller shared the following statement on behalf of the cast and crew: “Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day. We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”

“Superstore” actor Ben Feldman shared his condolences late Friday afternoon.

“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end,
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Linda Porter, ‘Superstore’ Actress, Dies at 86

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Linda Porter, ‘Superstore’ Actress, Dies at 86
“Superstore” actress Linda Porter died, her representative confirmed on Friday. She was 86.

The actress has portrayed Myrtle on the NBC workplace comedy since its first season. The character was laid off from the Cloud 9 big box store in Season 3, but continued to recur throughout much of Season 4 as well, most recently in the season finale earlier this year.

“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic. Working with her brightened everyone’s day,”executive producers Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller said in a statement. “We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The ‘Superstore’ family won’t be the same without her.”

“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end,” her co-star Ben Feldman wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We’ll miss you Linda Porter.”

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Superstore's Linda Porter Dead at 86: 'We Won't Be the Same Without Her'

Superstore's Linda Porter Dead at 86: 'We Won't Be the Same Without Her'
Superstore fan favorite Linda Porter, who played elderly Cloud 9 employee Myrtle on the NBC sitcom, has died at the age of 86.

“Linda wasn’t just hilarious; she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic — working with her brightened everyone’s day,” Superstore executive producers Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said in a statement. “We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”

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Linda Porter Dies: ‘Superstore’, ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Was 86

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Linda Porter Dies: ‘Superstore’, ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Was 86
Linda Porter, a character actress who appeared in dozens of TV series and feature films and was perhaps best known for her role as Myrtle in NBC’s Superstore, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 86.

Porter most recently was seen in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian in the May 16 Season 4 finale of Superstore. Fan favorite Myrtle had recently been rehired as new manager Amy’s (America Ferrera) assistant after being laid off in Season 3 and then brought back as a customer-greeting hologram.

Since Season 1, Porter had appeared in 35 episodes of the NBC comedy series, which returned for its fifth season last night. She had not filmed any Season 5 episodes before her death. The ensemble comedy will likely pay tribute to one of its guest-starring MVPs next week.

“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day,
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Superstore Season 5: Justina Machado to Recur, SNL's Heidi Gardner Also Cast

Superstore Season 5: Justina Machado to Recur, SNL's Heidi Gardner Also Cast
Justina Machado will moonlight at Cloud 9 this fall. The One Day at a Time star is set to recur on Season 5 of Superstore, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Machado will play new district manager Maya, with whom Amy shares “a surprising connection,” according to co-showrunner Gabe Miller. “She makes Amy start thinking about her own future in a way that also forces Jonah and Amy to think about where they’re coming from, and what they want.”

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Superstore Crew Rages Against the Machine in Season 5 Poster

Superstore Crew Rages Against the Machine in Season 5 Poster
Superstore‘s finest are ready to take out the competition in new key art for Season 5.

In the exclusive poster below, a bat-wielding Amy leads the charge against a new Cloud 9 “helper.” She is joined by her boyfriend Jonah, as well as Dina, Garrett, Cheyenne, Glenn and even Mateo, who we last saw being hauled away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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How ‘Shameless,’ ‘Superstore,’ ‘The Bold Type’ Tackle Tough Socioeconomic Situations with Humor

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In an economic climate in which 40% of Americans say they would struggle to come up with $400 for an unexpected expense — according to a report from the Federal Reserve — it’s tough to mine humor within hardship. But that hasn’t stopped television producers and network execs from trying.

A number of today’s comedies, from ABC’s “The Conners,” to Showtime’s “Shameless” and NBC’s “Superstore,” center on the working class. Meanwhile the upcoming “Broke” (CBS) and “Indebted” (NBC) focus on those who once had money but lost it and are now humbly learning how the other side has been living. The key for these series’ writers and producers, though, is to infuse a complicated reality with dialogue and scenarios that can make a tough socioeconomic situation more palatable — without pandering or being used as too much of a punchline.

“Everyone, no matter their circumstances, looks for the humor in life — gallows humor,
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