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Tim Long Boards Berkeley Breathed’s Animated ‘Bloom County’ at Fox

Veteran ‘The Simpsons’ writer and producer to write and showrun the new series based on the famed comic strip.

Emmy Award winner Tim Long (The Simpsons) has been signed to write, executive produce, and showrun Fox’s Bloom County, an animated series based on the acclaimed comic strip “Bloom County,” created and written by Berkeley Breathed, who will also executive produce. 

According to Fox, Bloom County centers on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat, and an overly-carbonated penguin immigrant living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place deep in the dandelion wilds of FlyWayThe@%!#OVER country.  To wit, today’s America at a glance. 

The comic “Bloom County” evolved from Breathed’s first published comic strip, “The Academia Waltz,” which originally appeared in The Daily Texan, the student newspaper at the University of Texas. This work led The Washington Post to recruit Breathed for a nationally syndicated strip; “Bloom County” debuted in 1980, appearing in more than 1,200 newspapers worldwide until its end in 1989.

As a follow-up to the widely popular satirical comic, Breathed created “Outland” and “Opus,” which both featured “Bloom County” characters. In 2015, Breathed started posting new “Bloom County” strips via Facebook on an almost daily basis.

Long, a veteran The Simpsons writer and producer, is a five-time Emmy winner and 14-time nominee.  He also wrote the 2020 feature The Exchange, directed by Dan Mazer. Off the screen, Long's writing has been featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker. 

The animated series adaptation will hail from Fox Entertainment and its animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, along with Miramax, Spyglass Media Group and Project X Entertainment.

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