'Duncanville' Scores Early Season 3 Renewal at Fox

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Fox continues to shore up its animation offerings.

The broadcast network has handed out an early season three renewal for animated comedy Duncanville. The pickup arrives months before season two of the series from Amy Poehler and Mike and Julie Scully returns to the schedule.

"Watching Amy bring her incredible talent to Duncanville both on and off the screen these past two seasons has been an amazing experience,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “Duncanville's entire cast and crew, led by two of television’s best showrunners in Mike and Julie, continue to deliver a show that represents everything fans expect from our animated series; and I’m looking forward to another season of Duncanville to relive my teen years, thanks to one of the most irreverent comedies on the air."

The comedy, about an average 15-year-old boy named Duncan (voiced by Poehler), returns for its second season with a two-episode debut on Sunday, May 23, after which the series moves to Mondays after the debut of fellow animated comedy Housebroken.

Duncanville is a co-production between Disney's 20th Television Animation and Universal Television as well as Fox Entertainment. The Scullys and Poehler co-created the comedy, which features animation from Fox-owned studio Bento Box Entertainment.

The early renewal comes as animated comedies traditionally take longer to produce with early pickups often helping the show stay on target for a return to the schedule on a regular basis. Fox has been making a big bet on animation — including the purchase of animation studio Bento Box. The network has already renewed Disney-owned animated comedies The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers as well as The Great North, the latter of which the network co-produces.

The early faith in Duncanville comes a week after Fox canceled rookie animated comedy Bless the Harts — also a co-pro with Disney and the network — after a two-season run. Housebroken, it's worth noting, will be Fox's first animated comedy that is produced in-house as the network looks to own more of its schedule.

In success, animated comedies repeat well on streaming platforms and can lead to lucrative merchandising lines.

Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Joy Osmanski, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry round out the voice cast of Duncanville.

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