11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lisa Kudrow Animated Comedy in the Works at Fox
Fox continues to ramp up its animation roster.
The network, which already has two new series on tap for the 2019-20 broadcast season, has handed out a script and presentation commitment to the animated comedy Lyle & Caroline, featuring Lisa Kudrow.
Lyle & Caroline is described as a family-driven comedy focusing on the friendship of its two titular characters, who form a surrogate grandparent/grandchild bond in an unexpected way.
Brothers Eric and Justin Stangel (Late Show With David Letterman) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Kudrow, who will voice Caroline, the high school-aged grandchild as well as doing overall voiceover for the show. The project hails from Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment, marking the latest collaboration between the two after the former acquired a majority stake in the latter in May. 3 Arts' David Miner will also exec produce.
Lyle & Caroline is the latest animated effort in the works at Fox. The network already has handed out two series orders for the animated comedies Duncanville (from Amy Poehler) and Bless This Mess (from Emily Spivey, Phil Lord and Chris Miller). Both are expected to be on Fox's 2019-20 schedule, likely alongside The Simpsons and Family Guy, with the latter pair up for renewal as the network will have to work out new deals with soon-to-be owners Disney.
Animation continues to be in high demand as multiple streamers have also made big investments in the space in recent months. CBS All Access picked up an animated Star Trek comedy; Netflix recently renewed Disenchantment for two seasons (through 2021); Adult Swim added 70 episodes of the Emmy winner Rick and Morty; Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard earned a two-season order for Central Park at Apple; and BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is adding to his Netflix slate with Tuca and Bertie, starring Tiffany Haddish, and Amazon's Undone, among others.
Kudrow is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Gochman; the Stangels are with CAA, 3 Arts and attorney Melissa Fox at HJTH.