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Fox is adding to its animation roster for the 2019-2020 season.
The soon-to-be independent broadcast network has handed out a 13-episode series order to Duncanville, an animated comedy from Amy Poehler and The Simpsons duo Mike and Julie Scully. The project, which was picked up as a pilot presentation in August 2017, will join the recently ordered 13-episode animated entry Bless the Harts on Fox’s fall schedule come the 2019-20 broadcast season. The network will have to negotiate renewals for the long-running animated hits The Simpsons and Family Guy after this season, as both comedies are owned by 20th Century Fox TV, with the studio soon to become a Disney property once the $71 billion deal closes.
Duncanville will feature Poehler voicing the lead character, Duncan, a 15-year-old boy, and his mother, Annie. The voice cast also includes Rashida Jones, who will reunite with her former Parks and Recreation co-star Poehler on the series, and Wiz Khalifa. Married duo Mike and Julie Scully will pen the script for the series and executive produce alongside Poehler. The project hails from Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions banner and is a co-production between Universal TV (where Paper Kite is based) and 20th TV (where the Scullys are under an overall deal). 3 Arts Entertainment’s Dave Becky also will exec produce the series.
“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 Friday in a statement. “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 revolves around Duncan and his friends and family, including his mother, Annie, who is constantly trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.
Duncanville will join Bless the Harts on Fox’s schedule next season. Fox picked up Bless the Harts straight to series in September. That comedy, from creator Emily Spivey and exec producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, features the voice cast of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz as a group of Southerners who are always broke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth, but who do not realize they’re already rich in family, friends and laughter.
Should Fox work out renewal deals for The Simpsons and Family Guy — both considered safe bets to return — the network could program Sundays with a comedy block with Duncanville and Bless the Harts joining the critical darling Bob’s Burgers.
Duncanville joins a rapidly growing roster of programming for Poehler, whose Paper Kite banner exec produces the NBC comedy I Feel Bad and the unscripted hit Making It (which she co-hosts alongside Parks alum Nick Offerman), as well as the forthcoming final season of Comedy Central’s Broad City. Next up she has the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne; the Adult Swim pilot Three Busy Debras; and a Fox scripted comedy in development with Riki Lindhome. Poehler will next star, produce and make her directorial debut in the Netflix comedy Wine Country. She is with WME, 3 Arts and Sloan Offer.
Mike Scully, who also counts The Carmichael Show and the Fox rookie comedy Rel among his credits, is with UTA.
Jones, meanwhile, currently stars on TBS’ Angie Tribeca. She is repped by UTA and Schreck Rose.
Khalifa, who has been part of the voice cast of American Dad and BoJack Horseman, is with WME and manager Constance Schwartz.
Animation continues to be in high demand as multiple streamers have made big investments in the space in recent months. CBS All Access this week 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.
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