With the Television Critics Association panels beginning this week, there’s plenty of news on the small screen front, and Comedy Central is the latest network with news of a new series getting the greenlight.
Deadline has word that the comedy network has ordered 10 episodes of a new animated series called “Moonbeam City.” Hailing from “Conan” writer and “Funny or Die Presents” producer Scott Gairdner, the series features the voices of Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Kata Mara.
Taking cues from gritty, sexy 80s crime dramas, the series follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), refuses to get off his back, and a rookie punk named Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work.
Gairdner laments, “I was hoping for 10,000 episodes, but 10 is a good start.” And Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman playfully adds, “Had Scott just asked, we would have given him a 10,000-episode order. Oh well, lesson learned for him.”
The new series is a nice change of pace from all the stand-up comedians who have been getting their own shows lately. New animated shows don’t come to Comedy Central very often; the most recent one is Daniel Tosh’s “Brickleberry,” which is getting a third season.
Lowe is also producing the series, which is executive produced by Easy A director Will Gluck along with Richard Schwartz at Olive Bridge Entertainment. That should keep him busy after leaving “Parks & Recreation” with Rashida Jones sometime this spring. “South Park” is the longest running animated show in the network’s history, and other animated shows haven’t lasted nearly as long, so we’ll see how this pans out.
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