America Ferrera is getting a proper send-off on Superstore season 6. The showrunners confirmed that her appearances will be extended for a good closure to Amy’s storylines.
Prior to the pandemic, Ferrera announced that she’s leaving after Superstore season 5. However, her final scenes didn’t play out on the screen because filming had to stop due to the pandemic lockdown.
Co-showrunners Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller revealed to TV Line that this hitch opened an opportunity. Ferrara wasn’t supposed to be in season 6, but she agreed to come back and extend her appearances to two episodes.
Pandemic crisis and Amy’s last day
The showrunners also revealed the details of Superstore season 6, episode 1 and 2. The first story will feature Amy and the staff working remotely amid COVID-19. The second episode will be Amy’s final day on Cloud 9.
“It’s also Superstore’s 100th episode, so we’re excited that America will be celebrating that milestone with us,” the showrunners said.
Green and Miller, however, won’t say what happens with Amy and Jonah’s (Ben Feldman) relationship. Amy’s move to California opens a lot of questions for the TV couple’s shippers. Will they manage a long-distance relationship or decide to break up for good?
Feldman said that they filmed two Amy and Jonah scenes before the lockdown.
“Once we shot [them], everybody breathed a sigh of relief,” Feldman said. “[Everyone] was like, ‘There’s something here. We’ve got something here.’”
America Ferrera’s reason for leaving
Ferrera decided to end her run with Superstore because of her growing family. The actress welcomed her second child, Lucia, with husband Ryan Piers Williams in May 2020. She gave birth to their eldest, Sebastian, in 2018.
In a post on Instagram, the actress said that she’s raring to start the next chapter of her family and career. She does not have any on-camera projects in the pipeline, but Ferrera has also been producing shows for Netflix.
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The last five years on Superstore have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career. 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, I wish only the best, and much continued success, to my beloved Superstore family.
Ferrera also joined hands with Eva Longoria to launch a platform for Latina women, She Se Puede. It is an initiative meant to inspire and empower women that will benefit communities, lives, and families. The stars are kicking off their new endeavor by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Meanwhile, NBC has set the premiere of Superstore season 6 on Oct. 22. The remaining cast members said it will be weird without Ferrera around since she was the lead star. However, they support her decision to make changes in her life and career.
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