Satirist Mike Judge usually does good work. Whether its Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill or Silicon Valley, or one of his other lesser-known shows, he’s usually on-target. The same goes for the rare times he creates a movie, which is always buried by the studio that makes it but then becomes a hit in the aftermarket (Office Space, Idiocracy). Point is, never discount the Judge.
This time, Judge is teaming up with his usual partner Greg Daniels to create In The Know, a new TV project for Universal. Zack Woods, who played the nervous Jared Dunn on Silicon Valley, is also involved both as an actor and producer. Keep in mind we’ve reported in the past on Mike Judge shows that never happened, so at the moment, we can’t guarantee this one either.
But if it DOES happen, it will be Judge’s first series animated in stop-motion. In The Know is about Lauren Caspian, a famed make-believe NPR host, and according to the official description, “he’s a well-meaning, hypocritical nimrod, just like you and me. He’s also a stop motion puppet. Each episode follows the making of an episode of Lauren’s show In the Know, in which Lauren conducts in-depth interviews with real world human guests. Lauren collaborates with a diverse crew of NPR staff. They are also puppets and nimrods.” Gee, I wonder what Judge thinks about NPR.
“In the Know will capture the conversations so many of us have in our daily lives in a heightened, hilarious way,” said Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We’re excited to be working with the very best in the business in Mike, Greg, Zach and Brandon, and our partners at Universal Television.”
In The Know will be a co-production of Universal Television and Bandera Entertainment, Judge and Daniels’ production company. Judge, Daniels and Woods areserving as executive producers alongside co-creator Brandon Gardner.
Even if In The Know turns out to be Judge’s most brilliant series ever, we doubt many people will actually see it…because it’s headed for Peacock.