12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Animated Immigrant Comedy From 'Nobodies' Creators Set at Fox
Fox continues to ramp up its animation slate.
With two new series already lined up for the 2019-20 broadcast season, the network has handed out a script order for a potential third. Fox has handed out a script order for Buffalo Wings, a half-hour animated comedy from the creators behind TV Land turned Paramount Network's Nobodies.
Buffalo Wings revolves around two Canadian brothers who do not follow the rest of their flock when they fly south. When their hypothesis is wrong and they almost freeze to death, they must take refuge in Buffalo, New York, where they begin to live life as immigrant refugees. This series explores what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the "American Dream" from every possible angle.
Nobodies trio Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras and Larry Dorf will pen the script and executive produce the comedy, which hails from 20th Century Fox Television.
Buffalo Wings arrives five months after Paramount Network canceled Nobodies — which was inspired by the lives of writers-stars Davidson, Dorf and Ramras — after two seasons. (The comedy originated on TV Land but moved to Paramount Network for its second season.)
For Fox, Buffalo Wings arrives as the network has picked up two new animated comedies to series for the 2019-20 broadcast season: the Emily Spivey-created Bless the Harts and the Amy Poehler-produced Duncanville. Those will join a roster of Fox animation hits including Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons and Family Guy on the network's schedule next season (provided new deals for all three series can be worked out once the network and studio split is finalized as part of the Disney pact).
The script deal arrives as adult animated comedies remain in high demand. Produced for a fraction of the price of a live-action drama, an animated comedy, in success, can become a multi-billion-dollar franchise (a la The Simpsons, Family Guy) and recent hits Bob's Burgers and Rick and Morty, among others.
Davidson and Ramras are repped by ICM Partners and Del Shaw. Dorf is repped by Gersh.