Glenn Beck's GBTV Plans Animated Series (Exclusive)

7:00 AM PST 11/15/2011 by Lacey Rose
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The radio personality's live streaming network is partnering with Howard Gordon's Icebox for the project.

Glenn Beck's new Internet-only network is getting animated.

GBTV, which the conservative firebrand launched as he was exiting Fox News in June, has inked a deal to develop an animated comedy series with Icebox, a production company founded in 1999 by a group of TV writers including Jon Collier (The Simpsons, Kind of the Hill) and Howard Gordon (24, Homeland).

The two outlets are currently in the brainstorming phase, and have not yet landed on a comedy concept for which to jointly develop.

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The end product will join a slate of original programming that includes Liberty Tree House, Mercury Theater and the comedy news show The B.S. of A along with Beck's two-hour show, which is broadcast live weekdays from 5 to 7 PM. Additionally, a source close to the company said that GBTV is in conversations with several companies about licensing content to air on the network.

"The team at Icebox has developed and produced shows for some of the most renowned and acclaimed networks on television and we are excited that GBTV will be home to one of their next projects. We look forward to working with Howard, Tal [Vigderson] and Jon on bringing an entertaining animated show to GBTV," said GBTV's president of programming Joel Cheatwood.

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Added Icebox managing director Tal Vigderson, “Icebox is known for edgy, irreverent programming. Many of our writers welcome the opportunity to create shows the whole family can watch. This venture lets us take a little break from shocking and offending our audience.”

As of mid-September, when Beck launched his Web show, GBTV had over 230,000 paying subscribers. 

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