FOX Orders Animated Comedy from Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph
FOX's animation slate adds one more
This week FOX confirmed that the network has given a straight-to-series order to “Bless the Harts,” an upcoming half-hour animated comedy featuring the voices of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” “Saturday Night Live”), Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place,” “Bridesmaids”), Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell (“Saturday Night Live,” “Eastbound & Down”) and Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors,” “Blockers”).
The show was created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live”) and FOX has already ordered 13 episodes of the show. The series is set to air during the 2019-2020 season. The show will follow a group of Southerners who are always broke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. The network teases the story adding, “What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich, in friends, family and laughter.”
“Emily Spivey has the uncanny ability to observe the simplest qualities of everyday life, framing together bold characters and hilarious stories built around warmth and heart,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Having grown up in a close-knit southern family, she has a deep well of material that has inspired her to create this show, with a phenomenal cast, headlined by Kristen, Maya, Jillian and Ike. As home to television’s most iconic animated families – the Simpsons, Griffins and Belchers – we’re thrilled to welcome the Harts to FOX.”
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the show will be executive-produced by Emily Spivey, Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Phil Lord (“The Last Man on Earth,” “The LEGO Movie”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Christopher Miller (“The Last Man on Earth,” “The LEGO Movie”), Kristen Wiig and Seth Cohen (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Drunk History”).
Lord and Miller, who previously worked with Spivey on their series, “The Last Man on Earth,” will produce this project through their Lord Miller Productions banner, with the company’s Aubrey Lee overseeing the project. The duo’s next project on the film side will be the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which will hit theaters this December, and “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” slated for release in February 2019.