I don't know the guys as you do, Sherry, (I don't know them AT ALL!) but I've gleaned from what I've read that they are probably happy to have this portion of their lives over with. And I can't blame them-and for the reasons you've mentioned.
I'd like to see them go back to NZ and work on individual projects that they may have lined up. BUT I would hope that they would remain together, writing new material, and then present themselves again-on their terms- to us. Maybe in two or three years?
I'm wondering, Sherry, who approached whom in regards to the series? Did they think they might be interested and HBO happened to propose it or was the tv show something they'd never considered doing? In what I've read, it seems they went to NBC first, which would lead me to believe that they were interested in making a series. (However, according to JB, they went into it blindly--as in not knowing/understanding what all it would entail.)
Along the same line, as far as FOTC being a hobby that went wildly out of control........to me that speaks volumes about their naivete of their own talents. How they could have thought they could present themselves on screen and NOT become phenoms is beyond my thinking. I suppose they don't realize their own capacity to captivate. To me, that's refreshingly wonderful. Genuine humility is such a rare quality and it's just one more reason I'm so fond of the fellas. (Sorry for the editorial.)
Gosh, they have families now. I can see them wanting to just give it up for a time. I just hope it's not for always..........I'm still hoping for an intimate, club show somewhere down the line, in the not so distant future. After all, I'd still like to be alive when/if they return to my neck of the woods.