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Fox Orders Two New Animated Pilots

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Christian

Apparently not content with mere Animation Domination, Fox continues to bolster its reservoir of potential new toons. Vulture has learned the network has given thumbs-ups to pilot presentations for a pair of new animated projects, including one from web animation star Brad Neely (I Am Babycakes). Combined with recent orders for a show from Jonah Hill and a toon take on Napoleon Dynamite, plus the upcoming mid-season launch of Bob’s Burgers, it’s clear Fox doesn’t plan to simply coast along forever on the strength of The Simpsons and the Seth MacFarlane empire.

Neely, who’s also well-known for his unauthorized audio spoof of the Harry Potter films, is behind a project called Godparents, which sounds a little bit like a darker take on the Katherine Heigl pic Life As We Know It. Specifically, insiders describe it as a “twisted family show about a couple ill-equipped to raise kids who are forced to take care of their godchildren.” Neely is paired on the potential show with animation vet Tim Long (The Simpsons), a former head writer for The Late Show With David Letterman who’s also been published in The New Yorker (yes, the The New Yorker).

Also in the pipeline at Fox: Red Roofs, a half-hour toon about a 12-year-old boy who splits his time between his divorced parents’ suburban homes. Another Simpsons vet, Kushell, is writing and producing via 20th Century Fox TV (which is also the studio on Godparents). Kushell, whose r

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