Fox’s roster of animated series is staking out new territory.
The network will open a second animation block on Monday nights in the summer. Newcomer Housebroken, featuring the voices of Lisa Kudrow, Nat Faxon, Will Forte and Sharon Horgan, will pair with second-year show Duncanville, starring Amy Poehler, beginning May 31. Duncanville will premiere with two episodes on Sunday, May 23 before moving to its regular berth.
Fox now has seven animated series in its stable (with an eighth to come from Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon): Long-running mainstays The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers and newer shows Bless the Harts and The Great North, all of which currently air on Sundays, and the two summer shows. With the growing slate, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn has said the network has considered staking out new territory for animated series beyond its traditional Sunday block.
“We have talked about even adding another hour block of animation somewhere on our schedule,” Thorn told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “… The other part of that is right now we have our [long-running] shows for a while, but we know we’re not going to have them forever. We’d be fools not to plan for their departure at some point, but there is no immediate end in sight.”
Housebroken, from Kapital Entertainment and Fox Entertainment, was created by Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden and Clea DuVall (who also voices a character). They executive produce with Horgan and Clelia Mountford of Merman and Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
The Simpsons veterans Mike Scully and Julie Scully co-created Duncanville with Poehler. They executive produce with Dave Becky; 20th Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment produce. Fox-owned animation house Bento Box Entertainment animates both shows.