“Reno 911” was a fantastic show. But it also sort of deserved to be cancelled.
In season five, the show killed off the main characters of Clementine Johnson, James Garcia and Cherisha Kimball, and replaced them with actors who never had the chance to find chemistry with the rest of the cast. There seemed to be some internal dispute about which led to the firings — co-creator Thomas Lennon, who also played Lt. Dangle, told Entertainment Weekly, “I agree. It was a mistake. But it was also just in a sort of passionate creative time, it’s like being in a band. I guess that’s the closest I can equate it to. But certainly, I regret it in hindsight.”
In the interview, which also included co-creator Ben Garant, who also played Travis Junior, the two said if they had a chance to wrap things up, they would have done a “Twin Peaks”-style murder story. But in the end it would turn out to be a hallucination of Lt. Dangle’s brought on by an anti-smoking drug.
But fans might be able to get some closure. Yet another new streaming network, Quibi, will be rebooting the show in 2020, although it’s not clear which cast members will be returning in addition to Lennon, Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver (who played Trudy Wiegel). Quibi will cost $5 per month without ads, $8 without.