There’s a new CEO at Sebben & Sebben… and her misfit superhero clan promises droll humor and witty banter as they fight against irresponsible 20th century products; new half-hour comedy series premieres April 4.
As a huge fan of the often head-scratching, almost surreal Adult Swim classic, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, I’m hoping lightning strikes twice for the franchise, as the network’s newest comedy, Birdgirl, flies into our cynical hearts April 4. Built around a character spin-off from the original series that aired on the network from 2000-2007, the new six episode half-hour series centers around former company head Phil Ken Sebben’s daughter, Judy Ken Sebben, aka Birdgirl, and her misfit crime-fighting clan. If you’ve never experienced Stephen Colbert as Sebben & Sebben's fearless leader, track some episodes down.
The new series stars Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) along with Rob Delaney (Catastrophe), Sonia Denis (Set It Up), Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst), John Doman (Blue Valentine), Negin Farsad (3rd Street Blackout), Tony Hale (Veep), and Lorelei Ramirez (Pervert Everything).
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According to Adult Swim, in the show, 30-something Judy Ken Sebben inherits her father’s company, which would be great if that company weren’t built around the most socially irresponsible 20th Century products and practices that, on a good day, involves clearing redwood forests or operating for-profit children’s hospitals. From the halls of the company headquarters, she assembles the ragtag, non-overtime earning Birdteam. Together, they try to undo all the luridly dangerous decisions of the generation before or contain the havoc of one of their own “world-saving” products gone bad.
You had me at dysfunctional workplace ensemble.
Birdgirl is executive produced by Erik Richter, who created and wrote the original series with Michael Ouweleen, and Christina Miller. It’s produced by Adult Swim’s Williams Street Production and animated by Awesome, Inc.
Ouweleen and Richter also created and wrote the 2018 network special, Harvey Birdman: Attorney General, a continuation of the series, which starred most of the original voice cast. In the special, Phil Ken Sebben awakes to find he is President of the United States, without any memory of being elected. He appoints Harvey Birdman, his ghostwriter for various books, as Attorney General, to help remove him from office.
Source: Adult Swim
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.