Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry has been definitely keeping himself and the family’s namesake company, Roddenberry Entertainment busy over the past few years. They’ve been busy between then philanthropic efforts of the Roddenberry Foundation, producing a range of science fiction short films, and now Executive Producing the next installment in the Trek franchise, Star Trek: Discovery. However it seems they’ve come across a few more unused hours of the day as Bleeding Cool has found out that during their Roddenberry Presents panel next weekend at WonderCon, they’ll be revealing the details around a new animated series, Rod & Barry.
The series began as a web comic which ran from 2008 until 2013 featuring two purple aliens named Rod and Barry. They’ve been sent to observe Earth and it’s culture and report back to their homeworld prior to Earth’s annihilation. They quickly discover television and get sucked in, becoming hardcore TV fanboys, enthralled with a range of series, including Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Heroes, and anything else they can get their hands on.
Their mission to report back falls quickly by the wayside as they spend all their time marathoning their favorite series. As their Supreme Overlord becomes progressively more annoyed at their continued delays they have to come up with new ways to avoid being pulled away from their fandoms. A cross between The Muppets Statler and Waldorf and Critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, their days center around their ongoing debates about their favorite shows.
Now the comic will be making the leap to an animated series and distributed via social media channels. It will star voice actor Greg Cipes (who is also serving as Producer on the project), known from his work with TMNT, Teen Titans Go! Additional cast includes Aaron Doh, Brittany Furlan, Ben Storm, and Alexi Wasser. Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Scott Paskoff will be acting as Executive Producers.
The Roddenberry Presents panel will be held at WonderCon on Friday, March 31st at 6pm in Room 209 with the cast and producers as panelists and moderated by Buffy actress and Geek Nation founder Clare Kramer.