Fox Announces Their Animation Domination HD Lineup

As you’re probably aware, Fox announced about a year ago yesterday their plans for a late-night Saturday animation block. The upcoming SNL-competitor & extension of the network’s Sunday night Animation Domination block, Animation Domination High-Def (commonly known by the shorthand: ADHD), already has an online presence on almost all major social networks. It also, before yesterday, had one show announced as its premiere title, Axe Cop. Yesterday, though, Fox announced its starting lineup of new shows slated for ADHD. And there are some familiar names to Adult Swim fans on the slate.

First up, as mentioned, is Axe Cop. Axe Cop is an animated version of the popular webcomic of the same name written by 5-year-old Malachai Nicolle and with art by Malachai’s 30-year-old big brother Ethan Nicolle. Developed by Adult Swim alum Nick Weidenfeld (who is also responsible for the whole block) and Judah Miller, the show (well, and comic) is about a cop, who is also a superhero, who is probably the coolest cop and superhero ever made. Splitsider’s post about the block explains it best:

Operating on only two minutes of sleep a night and fueled by a diet consisting solely of birthday cake, AXE COP and his loyal partner, FLUTE COP, unleash their unique brand of vigilante justice on bad guys everywhere – including stopping Hitler from creating an army of evil zombie robots and helping BAT WARTHOG MAN find the villain who stole all his best friends!

The show has a hell of a cast: Axe Cop himself will be voiced by Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson). Also starring will be Megan Mullally (Childrens Hospital’s Chief), Patton Oswalt, Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital’s Dr. Glenn Richie), and Peter Serafinowicz (creator, writer, and cast member of Look Around You). There will also be weekly guest stars, some of which will be  Giancarlo Esposito, Tyler The Creator (Odd Future, Loiter Squad), Jonathan Banks, Rob Heubel (Childrens Hospital’s Dr. Owen Maestro), and Dan Harmon (creator of Community and upcoming AS show Rick & Morty). Check out a sneak peek of the show from ADHD’s YouTube:


Next up on Fox’s ADHD slate is High School USA!, a new show by Moral Orel and Frankenhole creator Dino Stamatopoulos. In a place named High School USA!, there is a group of students led by Marsh Merriwether, a “naive and upbeat” student who helps students confront the challenges of growing up today, from cyberbullying to drug addictions and more. Dino created and wrote the show which stars Vincent Kartheiser and Mandy Moore. Speaking about the show on Facebook, Dino explained that it isn’t a Starburns production and it is 2d/traditionally animated instead of stop-motion like Dino’s previous two shows on Adult Swim. But, new Dino Stamatopoulos shows are always things to look forward to.

Finally, the third show is an Untitled Lucas Brothers Project. Stand-up comedian identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas star in this animated show without a title that actually sounds pretty good. Check out Splitsider’s description:

After their uncle dies and leaves them his old van, the twins start a moving company called Va¢ation Boy$. Their customers are often apprehensive to hire such a scrawny duo, but the brothers like to remind them that that’s why God made two of them. A day that begins simply by moving a bed down the street may lead to the threat of city-wide catastrophe, resolved only with the help of a once-famous ’90s wrestler. No matter what happens around them, KENNY and KEITH always remain totally, bizarrely unfazed.

This sounds like it could be pretty great. Check out the duo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

So, there you have it. Three of the six shows you have to look forward to when ADHD premieres as a 90-minute block at 11PM on July 27th. The block makes Fox the only network competing with Saturday Night Live on Saturday nights (but not Adult Swim, or so says Nick Weidenfeld at TCA (via Deadline): “I’m not sure I’d call it competition with Adult Swim. They do action programming on Saturday night, so I think there’s space for interesting animated comedy to exist…I think if we’re competing with anyone, it’s with the Internet and with ourselves more than any other network.”). Weidenfeld also mentioned that expanding shows from ADHD to full-fledged series on Fox’s main Animation Domination block is a possibility, but isn’t a directive the block has, especially with shows far different from the regular fare on the Sunday night primetime block.

If you wanna get into the ADHD brand before the block begins, subscribe to them on YouTube, follow them on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, like them on Facebook, and keep an eye on their official website. And then check out the block July 27th at 11PM on Fox.

Thanks to Splitsider and Deadline for the info. Big hat tip to y’all.

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