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FOX Orders Dan Harmon Animated Comedy

Set in mythical ancient Greece, the series is the first under the Emmy Award-winning creator’s recent direct broadcast deal.

FOX has just officially ordered an animated comedy set in mythical ancient Greece from Emmy Award-winning creator Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community), to premiere in 2022. The deal, the first as part of the direct animation deal Harmon and FOX signed last year, was announced by Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, FOX Entertainment.

The series will be centered on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. The series will be wholly owned and financed by FOX Entertainment, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment; the project is also the first series to move forward under the FOX’s broadcast direct model.

“Leave it to Dan Harmon to turn the mythos of early Greek civilization into remarkably sharp commentary on today’s politics, celebrity and pop culture,” said Thorn.  “This project is an incredibly irreverent family comedy as told by one of the town’s most inventive storytellers.  We are proud to be partnered with Dan on this series, which strengthens our hold on the animation space and, as we continue to build Fox Entertainment, marks an important first step for us with our first fully owned scripted property.”

Harmon is well known for co-creating and executive producing the multiple Emmy Award-winning animated comedy, Rick and Morty. He also created and executive-produced the hit comedy series Community, which ran for six seasons, garnering multiple Emmy nominations, Critics Choice Awards and other accolades. In 2015, he executive-produced Charlie Kaufman’s Academy Award-nominated animated feature film Anomalisa

Voice casting for the program is currently underway and will be announced in the coming months.

Source: FOX Entertainment

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