Network gives pilot order to animated series

Fox continues to expand its animation development, giving a pilot presentation order to the outdoor-themed “Brickleberry.”

Project comes from Athens, Ga.-based comedians Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, who first broke into the biz as college students, when MTV picked up their sketch show “Stankervision.”

“Brickleberry” revolves around a group of forest rangers at a declining park that’s about to be shut down. Enter a new ranger, voiced by Dave Herman, who’s brought in to shape the place up.

Also attached to the project is “Simpsons” alum Eric Kaplan, more recently of “The Big Bang Theory.” 20th Century Fox TV and its alternative arm, Fox 21, are producing.

“My wife’s dad was a park ranger, which gave us the idea for the show initially,” O’Guin said. “It started off live action, but when we began writing, we realized it would work better in animation.”

Black added that the duo are long-time fans of animated series, in particular Fox’s “Family Guy.”

Besides Herman, other voice actors appearing in the presentation include Tom Kenny (“Spongebob SquarePants”) and Carlos Alazraqui (“Reno 911″).

According to O’Guin and Black, the project’s voice track has been locked.

Besides “Stankervision,” O’Guin and Black have produced web shorts that have produced more than 18 million hits. And they also have the scripted half-hour “Writers’ Block,” from Provissiero Ent., also at 20th, and “Retro Rick,” with Odenkirk Provissiero, at Fox TV Studios.

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