11:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'No Activity' Switches to Animation for Fourth Season at CBS All Access
No Activity is coming back to CBS All Access — with a massive change.
The soon-to-be rebranded streamer has handed out a fourth season renewal to the scripted comedy series starring Patrick Brammall — only it is converting from live-action to an entirely animated series. Brammall will return to voice FBI agent Nick Cullen; Tim Meadows will also return to voice his character, agent Judd Toldbeck.
"We are so excited to welcome back the hilarious team behind No Activity for a fourth season and can’t wait to show fans their favorite mediocre law enforcement agents brought to life in animated form,” said Julie McNamara, exec vp and head of programming at CBS All Access.
With filming more impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, many shows of late have incorporated animation in a bid to complete production. But no show has of late been converted entirely to animation the way in which No Activity will be. Animation has proven to be pandemic-proof in that production was able to continue without interruption during the global shutdown. Animated shows are also cheaper (and safer) to produce, though the process does take a bit longer.
No Activity is produced in-house by CBS Studios in association with Funny or Die and Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. CBS Studios, it's worth noting, has been making animation a priority — with shows like Tooning Out the News and Star Trek: Lower Decks — and this switch definitely plays into that.
No Activity is part of a scripted roster at CBS All Access that includes The Good Fight, The Twilight Zone, Why Women Kill, Interrogation, the Star Trek franchise, The Stand, The Man Who Fell to Earth and more. CBS All Access will be rebranded in 2021 as Paramount+ as parent company ViacomCBS broadens the streamer to feature more content from across its portfolio.