Starring Alan Tudyk and Asif Ali, new adult animation block show is network’s second original pilot to series order.
SYFY continues to expand its late-night TZGZ adult animation block with a 7-episode series order for Devil May Care, the network’s second internally developed pilot to series greenlight, as well as three new animated pilot greenlights.
In the new series, the Devil (Alan Tudyk, SYFY’s Resident Alien) hires a social media coordinator (Asif Ali, BoJack Horseman) to rebrand Hell as the ultimate place to live, and the two form the most unlikely of friendships. The series also stars Fred Tatasciore, Pamela Adlon and Stephanie Beatriz in recurring roles.
Created and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Douglas Goldstein (Robot Chicken), the 15-minute series is developed and executive produced by Amanda Miller at PSYOP in partnership with Titmouse, the Emmy Award-winning independent animation production company. Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski and Ben Kalina from Titmouse are also executive producers.
Tudyk’s Devil is an Impulsive and excitable character that needs to impress and be liked and just wants everyone in there to be happy in his rebranded Hell. Ali’s Beans is inexperienced yet opinionated, with no idea why he’s in Hell as Devil’s social media coordinator. Adlon’s Regina is conflicted with old succubus ways and a new domestic position, with no sexual limits sexually, using that seductively to get what she needs from men. Tatasciore’s President McKinley is a man with no patience for fools; he’s the “Devil’s Advocate,” doing anything Devil needs to get done. And, as the Head Demon of Hell who’s helpful to those she likes and condescending to those she doesn’t, Beatriz’s Gloria is here to serve.
SYFY has also greenlit the following three TZGZ animation pilots:
- From ShadowMachine (Final Space, BoJack Horseman), Chronicles of Frank follows an overzealous squirrel that kidnaps an exterminator from the Bronx, transporting him to a magical realm where he must conquer the forces of evil and maybe win back his girlfriend. Ordered for a 15-minute pilot, Chronicles of Frank is created and executive produced by Chris Osbrink (Writer/Director, Trip Tank, Writer/Director, Campus Law), with ShadowMachine executive producers Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley.
- In a galaxy far, far away there’s an epic war of the worlds where countless alien species will fight to the death – and The Black Hole is about the crappy dive bar where they drink. Picked up for a 15-minute pilot, The Black Hole from Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty, Moral Orel) is written and executive produced by Dino Stamatopoulos (Creator, Moral Orel) and Michael Waldron (Producer, Rick and Morty). Paul Young (EP, Key & Peele), James A Fino (EP, Rick and Morty), Duke Johnson (Director, Anomalisa) and Nick Weidenfeld (President of Programming, Viceland) also executive produce.
- Heavy is the belly that wears the suit in The Pole, a twisted, edgy comedy about the struggle for power on the North Pole. From Yeti Farm Creative (Hotel Transylvania Season 2, Pete the Cat Season 2), The Pole has been ordered for a 15-minute pilot. Created and executive produced by Matthew Bass (Writer, Future Man) and Theodore Bressman (Writer, Future Man, Writer/EP, Jungleland). Mark Gordon (Producer, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan) also executive produces, as well as Frank Saperstein and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.
Airing every Saturday at midnight-ish on SYFY, TZGZ is a 90-minute block of adult comedic, animated, genre-based programming of varying lengths. Since its 2019 debut, the block has grown +7% in the 18-49 demo vs prior year, and continues to bring younger viewers to the network.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.