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Netflix Orders ‘Bad Crimes’ from Mike Judge and Greg Daniels

The co-creators of ‘King of the Hill’ will executive produce 10 episodes of Nicole Silverberg’s animated dark comedy through their new animation outfit, Bandera Entertainment.

Now that creative partners Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are back together again, the King of the Hill co-creators are backing Bad Crimes -- a brand new animated dark adult comedy procedural that Netflix has ordered for a 10-episode season.

Created by Nicole Silverberg, Bad Crimes follows Kara and Jennie, two FBI agents who travel around the country solving gruesome crimes as their friendship, career goals, and love lives hang in the balance. Judge and Daniels are executive producing the series through their newly formed production company, Bandera Entertainment.

"Making Bad Crimes with Greg and Mike, who are the whole reason I dreamed of one day getting to write TV, has been such a surreal and incredible experience,” said Silverberg, who also serves as executive producer, in a statement. “We all feel that working with Netflix - which not only permits, but encourages my grossest, most violent comedy fantasies - is a dream come true.”

Executive producer Erica Hayes (BoJack Horseman) adds that she was drawn not only to the project being women-created and women-led, but also to Silverberg’s passion about diversity, inclusion, and workers’ rights.

“These are values that are very in line with my own, so I was thrilled at the prospect of partnering with someone with a similar mindset,” Hayes says. “Then, after reading Nicole's script, I was so impressed with not only how hilarious it was, but that the female leads were allowed to be morally gray and flawed in ways that we have rarely seen in adult animation. Nicole was really interested in hiring a partner who could help build the visual side of the show from top to bottom, which was incredibly appealing, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

Voice actors Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus will star as Kara and Jennie. Netflix head of adult animation, Mike Moon, believes that with “the immense voice talents of Nicole and Lauren, we know Bad Crimes will be set up for great success.”

“Combined with the brilliant mind of Nicole Silverberg, and Greg and Mike - the visionaries behind some of the smartest and funniest comedies of all time and one of the most-beloved animated shows ever - this is a dream project!,” Moon continues.

Judge and Daniels worked on a number of projects independently following King of the Hill’s 13-season run, but their shared love of animation reunited them to found Bandera Entertainment. The company’s stated mission is to “expand animation into as many modern types of story-telling as live action, guided by an excitement for artists and writers and ideas.”

Source: Netflix

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