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HBO Max Reveals 4 Adult Animated Original Series in Development

Streamer shares images and synopsis of new projects, part of an aggressive animation programming expansion that includes orders for ‘Clone High,’ ‘Velma,’ and ‘Fired on Mars’ as well as a two season ‘Close Enough’ renewal also announced today.

The adult animation production gnomes have been busy of late at HBO Max. In today’s third big announcement, the streamer has shared four new adult animated Max Originals currently in development. The new series – Hello Paul, Obi, Uncanny Valley, and Cover – join the streamer’s growing slate of upcoming HBO Max adult animated shows that not only includes Harley QuinnThe PrinceSanta Inc.10 Year Old Tom, and The Boondocks, but three new adult animated comedy series revealed this morning: a two-season order for a reimagined Clone High, the Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence show that ran on Teletoon and MTV in 2002-2003; a 10-episode order for the Scooby-Doo spinoff, Velma, with Mindy Kaling starring and executive producing; and Fired on Mars, an existential workplace comedy starring and executive produced by SNL’s Pete Davidson.

In addition, HBO Max has picked up Seasons 2 and 3 of Emmy Award-winning Regular Show creator JG Quintel’s adult-animated comedy, Close Enough. Season 2 premieres February 25; Season 1 debuted on the streamer last July 9.

The four new adult animated Max Originals are as follows:

Hello Paul

From creator and musician Sean Solomon, the show features a neurotic millennial cat whose intense job and freeloading mouse roommate stress him out.


The show is about a 30-year-old man-child chasing his dream to become an artist while navigating adulthood with his friends. Produced by Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society, Michael Schreiber for Studio71, and David Devries, Obi is an adaptation of Obi Arisukwu’s popular Instagram comic strip. This project is co-created by Obi Arisukwu and Arthur Harris (The Last OG).

Uncanny Valley

Executive producer Ed Helms with creators/executive producers Brendan Walter and Greg Yagolnitzer tell the story of three awkward domestic helper robots who kill their human owners and try to assume their identities. The show is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Helms and Mike Falbo's Pacific Electric Picture Company. Andrew Guest is also an executive producer/writer.


Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack are adapting their acclaimed DC comic book series, “Cover,” an animated espionage thriller and conspiratorial love letter to the comic book industry that was nominated for multiple Eisner Awards. Bendis will write the series and Mack has signed on to direct. The show is produced by Rooster Teeth Studios.

Source: HBO Max

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