Comedy Central picks up 'Family' show
Comedy Central is turning into the Home for Wayward Animated Series, having just picked up repeats of canceled ABC toon “The Goode Family.”Cabler will air all 13 episodes of “The Goode Family,” from Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, in January. Separately, Comedy Central is in talks to pick up an animated laffer that quickly fizzled out in spring: “Sit Down, Shut Up,” the high school-based entry from Mitch Hurwitz that ran on Fox. Comedy Central recently agreed to give fresh life to another canceled series, nabbing new episodes of a revived “Futurama.” But insiders warned that the channel was far from doing the same with “Goode Family” and “Sit Down, Shut Up.” In “Goode’s” case, cabler likely saw an opportunity to pick up an animated show that wasn’t seen by many viewers during its original run on ABC. Deal also puts Comedy Central in business with Judge — and fits in with the net’s goal of expanding its presence in the animation world. “Goode Family” revolves around a family attempting to live an ultra-politically correct lifestyle. Media Rights Capital produced and distributed; 3 Arts and Ternion Pictures also produced. Besides Altschuler, Judge and Krinsky, exec producers include Tom Lassally and Michael Rotenberg. Judge voiced the lead character, Gerald; stars include Nancy Carell, Linda Cardellini, Dave Herman and Brian Doyle-Murray. No deal is in place yet for “Sit Down, Shut Up.” After an initial run on Sundays, Fox had more recently been running repeats of the series on Saturdays at midnight. Based on an Australian live-action series, “Sit Down” featured the voices of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristin Chenoweth, Will Forte, Tom Kenny, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Kenan Thompson and Henry Winkler. Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Josh Weinstein and Julie Meldal-Johnsen exec produced.