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Fox Orders New Animated Comedy Series From Lord Miller

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How long has it been since Fox made a serious commitment to a new animated series? They’ve been content to rest on their duffs and let their aging (in some cases, senior citizen) cartoons cycle through season after season. Isn’t it time for something new?

According to Deadline, Fox’s new entertainment president Michael Thorn has made launching a new animated series “a top priority.” And he’s found something he likes so much that he’s skipped the pilot phase and ordered 13 episodes straight to series.

For a while now, the words “Fox animated comedy” have conjured to mind intentionally rude, lowbrow fratboy gags and shock humor, even if that’s not entirely fair. Bob’s Burgers doesn’t always work blue and King of the Hill strayed far from it. It’s Seth MacFarlane and his numerous, loud animated offerings that have given Fox cartoons that image, and now Fox wants something different….VERY different.

Prepare yourself for “Bless The Harts,” the furthest thing from the Griffins you can get.

Created by Emily Spivey, Bless the Harts follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich — in friends, family and laughter.

Emily Spivey formerly worked on Fox’s Last Man On Earth, under executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller got their start in 2002 with Clone High, one of the all-time greatest animated programs to ever exist in this solar system. Their return to TV animation has been long overdue.

The brief synopsis above doesn’t reveal who the members of the Hart family are, but they will contain two characters voiced by Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig (Wiig is also from Last Man On Earth, she played the character of Pamela for a few episodes). Also listed in the voice cast are Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz. So….where is Schaal in all of this? It’s animated, Lord Miller already has her on speed dial….come on, no-brainer casting.

“Emily Spivey has the uncanny ability to observe the simplest qualities of everyday life, framing together bold characters and hilarious stories built around warmth and heart,” says Thorn. “Having grown up in a close-knit Southern family, she has a deep well of material that has inspired her to create this show, with a phenomenal cast…As home to television’s most iconic animated families – the Simpsons, Griffins and Belchers – we’re thrilled to welcome the Harts to Fox.”

Bless The Harts will begin airing during Fox’s 2019-2020 season.