Creator Steve Conrad will serve as showrunner on new show, which uses baby dolls as grown up characters investigating a famous magnate’s mysterious disappearance.
AMC has just greenlit Mega City Smiths, a new dramady series from Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace, LTD, Wonder) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, Crossing Swords). The order calls for an initial season of six, 30-minute, episodes scheduled for 2021.
The show’s premise: the story, unfolding via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters, hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Mega City's most famous magnate. Two intrepid detectives follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.
The series is created by Conrad, who will also serve as showrunner, with Jennifer Scher, Jeff Dieter and Tom Glynn as producers. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Chris Waters will serve as executive producers.
Dan McDermott, president of programming for AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, said, “Brilliant Creator. Iconic characters. Human, dramatic, hilarious storytelling. Unique visuals unlike anything seen on television -- these are the components of a great AMC series, and they are vitally present here in Steve’s dazzling work. Mega City Smiths will stand out in this crowded environment and engage viewers of all ages. We can’t wait to launch it on AMC and AMC+ next year.”
“Mega City Smiths is a series about our basic desire to be loved and cared for by our mothers, fathers, our few real friends and the setting we call home,” Conrad added. “We’re very pleased to have found partners at AMC whose ambition is the same as ours, which is to try and contribute to our era’s collection of remarkable TV.”
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the home of the longest running stop-motion show on television, the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, also produces the Emmy Award-nominated SuperMansion with Bryan Cranston, and is currently in production on season 2 of Crossing Swords, which premiered as part of the Hulu Originals slate earlier this year.
Other new AMC series slated for 2021 include the animated drama Pantheon, the dark comedy Kevin Can F Himself and two-year limited series 61st Street and The Walking Dead: World Beyond.