10:00am PT by Natalie Jarvey
John Cena, Kat Dennings Set to Star in YouTube Red Animated Series 'Dallas & Robo' (Exclusive)
YouTube Red is headed to outer space with its latest comedy pickup.
The streaming service has ordered space adventure buddy comedy Dallas & Robo from animation studio and production company Shadowmachine. The eight-episode series, which will premiere on Red in 2018, is set to star wrestler-turned-actor John Cena as the warrior-poet Robo and 2 Broke Girls' Kat Dennings as sassy space trucker Dallas. The duo navigate their way through cannibal bikers, rival space truckers and vending machine burritos as they try to make a few dollars through the seedy world of interplanetary big rigging.
The voice cast also includes Jane Lynch, Dana Snyder, Giancarlo Esposito, Clancy Brown, Bree Williamson, Nat Faxon, Taran Killam and Milana Vayntraub.
Shadowmachine, the animation studio and production company that previously produced Robot Chicken and currently produces BoJack Horseman, is producing Dallas & Robo, which was created by Mike Roberts, who has previously directed F Is for Family and BoJack Horseman.
Roberts is also serving as executive producer alongside Dallas & Robo writers Matt Mariska (Robot Chicken) and Andy Sipes (Archer) and Cena.
"With Kat Dennings and John Cena bringing these animated characters to life, I have no doubt viewers are going to have fun watching this imaginative, new outer space comedy from Shadowmachine," said YouTube global head of original content Susanne Daniels.
Added Cena, "I'm thrilled to join Kat and the rest of this fantastic voice cast for Dallas & Robo. The writing for this series is flat-out funny and very creative, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of such a unique, entertaining project."
WWE will host Dallas & Robo on its YouTube channel, which has more than 17.4 million subscribers. Cena, a 16-time WWE champion, is among the top 100 most-viewed celebrities on YouTube this year.
Red is YouTube's $10-per-month subscription streaming service that, in addition to offering up a slate of original programming, features ad-free viewing and music streaming. Dallas & Robo joins a roster of programming that includes Karate Kid reboot Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water, Doug Liman-produced Impulse and comedy Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.
Cena is repped by ICM; Roberts is with Verve, Kailey Marsh Media and Tom Hunter Law; and Mariska and Sipes are repped by JR Satery at Gersh.