10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Ty Burrell Joins Amy Poehler's Fox Animated Series 'Duncanville'
Modern Family star Ty Burrell has found his next TV role.
Burrell, whose ABC comedy is ending next season, has joined Fox's animated series Duncanville, from Amy Poehler and Simpsons veterans Mike and Julie Scully. The show is one of two new animated series set to premiere on the network in 2019-20, along with Bless the Harts.
Duncanville centers on a "spectacularly average" 15-year-old boy (voiced by Poehler) who has a rich fantasy life. Burrell will play Duncan's father, Jack, a classic rock-obsessed plumber who's determined to be a better dad than his own father was. He's constantly posting nice things about his family on Facebook and is annoyed his kids won't friend him.
Co-creator Poehler will also voice Duncan's mom, Annie, a parking enforcement officer who dreams of being a detective and constantly worries her son is one bad decision from ruining his life and will do anything to stop him from doing so.
The cast also includes Rashida Jones as Mia, a girl on whom Duncan has an on-and-off crush, and Wiz Khalifa as Mr. Mitch, the cool teacher/guidance counselor, occasional gym coach and nurse at Duncan's school.
"Duncanville is one of the freshest animated concepts we've seen, and has an insane pedigree of comedic talent across the board,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in announcing the show's pickup. "We’ve enjoyed a long, incredible run with Mike and Julie, and everything Amy does is pure genius. Having the voice talents of Rashida and Wiz join her makes this show the complete package. I can’t wait to have them all together when we add Duncanville to our growing animated slate."
The series comes from Disney's 20th Century Fox TV — formerly Fox's sister studio before it was bought by Disney as part of a larger $71.3 billion deal — Universal TV and Poehler's Paper Kite Productions. Bento Box Entertainment (Bob's Burgers) is the animation studio.
Burrell is repped by ICM and Stone Genow.