Comedy Central is getting its freak on with “Arrested Development” thesp David Cross.
Laffer net has greenlit “Freak Show,” ordering seven episodes of the animated skein centered on a band of freak show performers who moonlight as second-rate superheroes.
Skein will premiere late this year or in early 2007. Cross and H. Jon Benjamin (“Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist”) will exec produce.
“Freak Show” chronicles the misadventures of the Freak Squad –circus act by day, government-employed do-gooders by night. They battle castoffs of the World-Famous Justice Squad, otherwise known as the most notorious second-rate villains.
“I just want to thank God for giving me this chance to shine and spread his word through 2-D cel animation. I truly believe that this voyage that we are about to embark on will, in the future, make me some money,” Cross said.
Cross has made several cameos on “The Colbert Report” as Stephen Colbert’s arch-nemesis.
Last animated effort from Comedy Central, “The Real World” parody “Drawn Together,” was recently picked up for a third season while “South Park” heads into its 10th.
Also on tap to premiere on the net this year are “American Lives,” an improvised laffer about a local news team, from “Da Ali G Show” exec producer Dan Mazer; scripted laffer “The Sarah Silverman Programme”; and standup showcase “Live at Gotham,” which will premiere on the cabler’s broadband channel Motherload on March 27 (Daily Variety, Feb. 7).
Comedy Central’s Lou Wallach and Dan Powell are the execs in charge of production. Radical Axis (Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”) will produce.