SYFY expanded the network’s late-night TZGZ adult animation block this week, adding “The Summoner” to the schedule. The series comes from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and writer, actor and The New Yorker cartoonist Charlie Hankin.
The description reads, “The Summoner is a 2D animated series based on the short film from Hankin about Rory and his challenging roommate. Rory, in his 20’s and living on his own for the first time, has found himself in a small 2-bedroom with the Summoner, a magical alien with the power to summon any object to his present location. This sounds potentially useful, but it isn’t—the Summoner has a tenuous grasp of English and only summons the most useless sh–.”
SYFY greenlit the show with a straight-to-series order of 10 three-minute episodes expected to air in SYFY’s TZGZ block next year. “The Summoner” is executive produced by Seth Green, Hankin, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner, and Chris Waters.
“We’ve been a fan of Charlie’s work for The New Yorker for quite some time,” said Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-founder Matthew Senreich. “We love the offbeat, observational humor of his comics, and can’t wait to bring his singular voice and design sensibilities into the world of animation as part of the TZGZ line-up.”
“The Summoner is a perfect example of how we’re experimenting with content for TZGZ by continuing to add smart stories from unique voices, but also playing with different formats and new animation styles, like Charlie’s distinctive hand-drawn look,” said Jon Cotton, VP, Short-Form Animation & Alternative Formats for SYFY. “Working with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios on this project was a no-brainer, given their track record for creating some of the buzziest adult animation out there.”
TZGZ is SYFY’s growing late-night adult animation block and is on Saturdays at midnight-ish. With “The Summoner,” the slate now includes five original series, 11 acquired shows, and five OG pilots.
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