FXX is moving into latenight with an original animation block anchored by “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.” and “Stone Quackers.”
The latenight initiative will launch on Jan. 1 following a daylong “Simpsons” marathon. The block will settle into its regular Thursday midnight slot on Jan. 22.
The heightened presence of animation on FXX is no surprise as the comedy-themed cabler was turbo-charged in September by the arrival of “Simpsons” reruns. Expanding into latenight animation has been a priority for FX Networks execs, no doubt inspired by the ratings garnered by Adult Swim’s out-there toons.
“Based on the successful launch of ‘The Simpsons’ on FXX, this is the perfect time to expand our animation offerings and make FXX the afterhours destination for animated shorts and series,” said Chuck Saftler, COO and president of program strategy for FX Networks.
“Lucas Bros.” and “Quackers” hail from Fox’s ADHD Studios banner, which is designer to nurture animated shorts that have the potential to become full-fledged series. The Fox broadcast network previously ran an ADHD latenight animation block on its air starting in July 2013, before the effort shifted to the FoxADHD.com platform in April.
FXX is likely a better fit for the envelope-pushing material that work well for adult-themed toons. “Lucas Bros.” revolves around two brothers who launch a moving company in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. “Quackers” offers dark tales of the duck inhabitants of Cheeseburger Island. Fresh episodes of those shows will run prior to reruns of older ADHD productions “High School USA!” and “Axe Cop”
“We are insanely excited to partner with FXX and help them create a new block of programming for the network,” said Nick Weidenfeld, prexy of ADHD Studios. “2015 is going to be an awesome year.”