Stern’s ‘Doomsday’ toon dawns at UPN

Animated program aimed at young male viewers

In its first big development deal for the 2000-01 season, UPN has given a 13-episode order to an animated comedy starring and exec produced by Howard Stern.

Deal for the Film Roman-produced sci-fi toon, dubbed “Doomsday,” had been expected (Daily Variety, Sept. 8).

Skein, set in a post-apocalyptic America nearly destroyed by a freak radiation burst, follows the travels of the Bradley family as they cross the country in an RV looking for a new place to call home. Along the way, they encounter 50-foot-tall hillbillies and IRS agents.

Stern will play the family dog, named Orinthal. Producers plan to make frequent use of celebrities as guest voices.

“Being in business with Howard Stern is another bull’s-eye for UPN in attracting young male viewers,” said UPN Entertainment prexy Tom Nunan, who announced the series order Wednesday.

‘Edgy and funny’

Stern described “Doomsday” as “edgy and funny and network acceptable. My only regret is there are no lesbians in the story. It has always been my ambition to work alongside Urkel. I know we can make UPN household letters and really put ’em on the map.”

“Doomsday” was created and developed by Tracy Torme for Film Roman, with Dode Levenson and Jason Glassman, in association with Artists Television Group. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan will serve as co-exec producers on the series, with Erik Radomski signed on as supervising director.

Don Buchwald, who repped Stern on his deal with Film Roman, will serve as a consultant on the series.