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Fox Sets Dates For Return Of Duncanville, Premiere Of Housebroken


Amy Poehler’s Fox cartoon Duncanville hasn’t been seen since last spring, and time is running out this season, but the network announced today Duncan would slide in just under the tag with a May 23 premiere and an hour’s worth of new episodes at 8 PM. We can’t speak for certain about the future of Duncanville, but a summer run for a network show is never a good sign unless your show’s name is “Stargirl.”

The news is far worse for Housebroken, the previously unseen animated show that’s been namedropped as “coming soon” in various press releases. It won’t appear until May 31, outside of what’s considered the season proper, and still doesn’t have a trailer, though Fox finally released a promotional image today. And…if you told me that was a still from a Family Guy cutaway I would believe you. The designs are very generic.

At least Housebroken breaks convention by following a nonhuman cast. It’s about a bunch of strays and pets who live around a suburban neighborhood and meet together for therapy sessions. The show’s got an impressive voice cast including Tony Hale, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Sharon Horgan, Jason Mantzoukas, Sam Richardson, Clea DuVall, Bresha Webb, Greta Lee and Maria Bamford, but some of these character descriptions make us wince…

The group includes SHEL (Will Forte, THE GREAT NORTH), a sex-positive tortoise with intimacy issues and a knack for choosing unconventional partners; TABITHA (Sharon Horgan, “Catastrophe”), an aging Persian cat beauty queen, trying to adjust to life off the cat show circuit; THE GRAY ONE (Jason Mantzoukas, “The Good Place”), a street smart cat who lives with about thirty other cats and has his one eye on Tabitha; CHICO (Sam Richardson, “Veep”), a chonky, co-dependent and very naive cat; and the group’s newest member, DIABLO (Emmy Award winner Tony Hale, “Veep,” “Arrested Development”), an anxious, sweater-wearing terrier whose OCD causes him to hump everything twice. Among the group’s other members are ELSA (Clea DuVall, “Veep”), a power hungry, know-it-all Corgi, and fake service dog, who drives Honey crazy; NIBBLES (guest voice Bresha Webb, “The Last O.G.”), a psychopathic hamster who is mourning the loss of her mate (whose face she ate…and everyone knows it); MAX (Hale), George Clooney’s pig, a former actor and current status obsessed a-hole; BUBBLES (guest voice Greta Lee, “Russian Doll”), a horny, teenage goldfish who lives with Honey and Chief, and heckles the animals any chance she gets; TCHOTCHKE, a silent, and possibly magical, slow loris with a mysterious past, who uses a tiny cocktail umbrella to express his emotions; and JILL (guest voice Maria Bamford, “Big Mouth”), Honey and Chief’s human owner.

There is also no word on a third season for Bless The Harts, which has 13 more episodes to air (and yes, the fall is far away, but animation takes time). The Great North, from Loren Bouchard of Bob’s Burgers, is the only new series on safe ground with another season okayed for production before the first started airing.

But it’s not a sign of demise for Animation Domination, a block which has aired off-and-on for fifteen years now. Fox currently has more animated projects in development, including something from Dan Harmon set in the time of Greek myth. They’re also considering a cartoon based around Hasbro’s Clue.