New adult animated comedy from Steve Dildarian and Nick Weidenfeld, about a kid’s misadventures contending with questionable guidance from well-meaning adults, premieres September 30.
HBO Max has released a trailer and poster for their new Max Original adult animated comedy, Ten Year Old Tom, which will debut September 30. The series is created and written by Steve Dildarian (The Life & Times of Tim), who also executive produces along with TV animation veteran Nick Weidenfeld (The Boondocks, Rick and Morty”). Dildarian plays the lead character, Tom, alongside a talented cast that includes Byron Bowers, Todd Glass, Gillian Jacobs, Edi Patterson and John Malkovich, with guest appearances by David Duchovny, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne, Mark Proksch, Tim Robinson, George Wallace and others.
Ten Year Old Tom follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. Being a kid is hard enough for Tom, but when bad influences seem to lurk around every corner – from litigious parents and drug dealing bus drivers to school administrators who want to sleep with his mom – it’s downright impossible. While the adults in Tom’s life certainly mean well, they just can’t manage to lead by example.
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“Steve Dildarian is a tremendous talent and a wonderful collaborator,” said Billy Wee, SVP, Comedy and Animation, HBO Max. “We can’t wait for comedy fans everywhere to experience the absurd brilliance of Ten Year Old Tom.”
“I wanted to write a show about a kid who’s trying to make sense of the world around him, but to do it in a way that doesn’t pull punches,” said Dildarian. “HBO Max is the perfect home for a show like that, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”
When the series greenlight was announced back in June 2020, AWN noted that both HBO Max’s CCO, Kevin Reilly, and executive vice president original comedy and animation, Susanna Makkos, had previously worked with both Dildarian and Weidenfeld. Reilly and Makkos had a development deal with Dildarian during their tenure at Fox; during that time, Weidenfeld ran the animation studio Reilly started, ADHD.
In that announcement, Weidenfeld said, "Not only is Steve insanely funny, he is one of the rare talents that can write, draw and do voices. He’s the triple threat that is the foundation of all great animated shows.”
The series is produced by Work Friends - a joint venture between Weidenfeld (The Boondocks, Rick and Morty) and Tomorrow Studios (an ITV Studios partnership). Executive producers also include Marty Adelstein (Cowboy Bebop, Hanna) and Becky Clements (Snowpiercer, Physical) of Tomorrow Studio. ITV Studios will handle international distribution.
Source: HBO Max
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.