Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and The Simpsons veterans Mike and Julie Scully are close to becoming a part of Fox’s animation slate, as the network announced that it has ordered a script and pilot presentation for a half-hour animated comedy from Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and Mike and Julie Scully. 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV (where Poehler has a development deal) are the supporting studios, with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky producing.
The untitled animation project introduces us 15-year-old Duncan Harris (as well as his family and friends) as he attempts to realize his dreams of becoming a MMA fighter…or maybe a tech billionaire…or possibly a video game champ…or pretty much any job where he doesn’t have to wear a suit and can still make serious money. The series is co-created by Poehler and written by Mike and Julie Scully; with the trio serving as executive producers and Poehler attached to voice multiple characters.
Poehler’s Paper Kite has successful series runs, with Broad City at Comedy Central and Difficult People at Hulu. The production company also has several additional projects on their filming slate, including: Schooled at Universal Pictures and dark musical comedy series Edison in development at HBO. Paper Kite also recently acquired the feature film rights to upcoming YA novel Moxie. Poehler is also executive-producing the Carol Burnett comedy Household Name; and can next be seen as co-host and executive producer of the upcoming NBC competition series The Handmade Project.
Edison is a musical comedy based on the life of and stars John Roberts (Bob’s Burgers‘ Linda Belcher) as John, a 40-year-old real estate broker who dreams of living life in the big city but remains stuck in his small hometown of Edison, N.J.
Schooled is a high school comedy from writer Erica Oyama (Burning Love) that explores just how far a high school teacher is willing to go to gain the respect she deserves.
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