Daily 'Doonesbury' going on hiatus March 3

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Garry Trudeau will focus on Amazon series, continue Sunday strips


Garry B. Trudeau, cartoonist and creator of "Doonesbury."

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Your daily dose of “Doonesbury” is about to go away, perhaps for good.

Beginning March 3, the daily strip will go on indefinite hiatus as creator Garry Trudeau focuses on his Amazon online comedy “Alpha House.”

Trudeau will continue to write new “Doonesbury” strips for Sundays, and will curate a selection of historic comics for weekdays.

“Alpha House,” starring John Goodman, is a political satire about four Republican senators sharing a house in Washington. It just completed its first season and was renewed.

“To my delight, Amazon Studios has recently decided to move forward with another season of ‘Alpha House,’ ” Trudeau said in a press release. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, but as I discovered last year, the demands of producing the show are considerable, and my efforts to return to the daily strip while we were still in production had to be abandoned.”

But the veteran cartoonist left the door open for a return.

“There’s no way of knowing how many seasons of ‘Alpha House’ lie ahead,” says Trudeau. “I could be back drawing ‘Doonesbury’ full-time in the fall.”

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