Cable net greenlights seven episodes of toon
Comedy Central has given a seven-episode greenlight to animated skein “Ugly Americans” from “The Simpsons” writer David Stern. Half-hour toon is based on illustrations from Devin Clark, who will serve as producer.
Skein takes place in an alternate-universe New York where creatures live among ordinary citizens. Lead character works in the immigration office and is forced to help newcomers to Gotham adjust to city life.
Series is set to premiere in the first quarter of 2010.
Matt Oberg, Randy Pearlstein, Mike Britt, Kurt Metzger, Rebekka Johnson and Pete Holmes lead the voice cast for the pilot.
“This show is nothing like you’ve seen before,” Comedy Central prexy Lauren Corrao told Daily Variety. “It’s especially relevant in terms of today’s society — to be young and multicultural and live in New York.”
Corrao said putting together an animation block is a high priority at the network. Jamie Foxx is doing an animated project based on his Sirius satellite radio show titled “The Foxxhole,” which follows his life and his crew’s attempts to define their own careers.
Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) is working with Jordan Rubin on the tentatively titled “Gypsy Cab,” in which an animated Friedlander drives around Manhattan picking up celebrities.
Also animated is “The Invadersteins,” in which humans have been invaded by aliens but fight their way back. All of the aliens retreat, except for one family.
“Our audience is young guys, and they love irreverent animation,” Corrao explained.
Comedy Central has three other animated projects developing.
Corrao said the net’s most successful launch of the past year has been “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” which should receive a second-season order in the next month or two.
Other projects in development:
- “The Sklar Brothers Sports Comedy Show” a single-cam workplace comedy (exec produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co.) from Randy and Jason Sklar, about a pair of sports marketers. Sports personalities will be regular guests.
- Cast-contingent pilot “Ghost/Aliens,” which Corrao described as a “comedic ‘X-Files.’ ”
- Untitled Ron White project based on his standup act.
- Untitled Andy Dick project, a sketch-variety show that includes animation.
- “Midwest Teen Sex Show,” a comedic look at sex education that tackles a new subject every week.
- “The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down,” a guide for twentysomethings living in the city.
- “The Fuzz,” a procedural cop series where humans and puppets co-exist.
- “Workaholics,” based on the Web series “5thyear,” in which three friends live and work together after college.
- “The Life,” an L.A.-set project about a one-hit-wonder music star that is co-written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh.
- “Best Buds,” an anti-establishment take on the American Dream set at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Comedy Central also announced an October premiere date for the seven-episode series order arising from its overall deal with Jeff Dunham.