Fox sure likes its burgers. The network has renewed Bob’s Burgers for a fifth season with a 22-episode order ahead of the animated comedy’s fourth-season premiere Sunday. While not a big and noisy show like Family Guy or The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers has hung in there, developing a loyal following and enjoying the support of Fox brass. Their patience was rewarded, with Bob’s Burgers becoming one of only two broadcast comedies last season to post year-over-year gains (2.3/6 in adults 18-49, up 10%). Additionally, it is among the Top 10 comedies in male demos and has landed two consecutive best animated program Emmy nominations. “Bob’s Burgers is one of those rare finds that just continues to outdo itself, creatively,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “The show has become a key member of our Sunday Animation Domination family, and we’re looking forward to attracting new fans with another season.” A 20th Century Fox TV and Bento Box Entertainment production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard who exec produces with Jim Dauterive.
EXCLUSIVE: Sibling writing team Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux, who work on Bob’s Burgers, have inked a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the Fox animated comedy, 20th Century Fox TV, to develop and produce new projects. The Molyneuxs have been on Bob’s Burgers since the beginning. The series, which is nominated for a best animated program Emmy, will be entering its fourth season this fall. “Liz and Wendy are funny, brash, big voices who we immediately responded to and wanted to develop with,” said Jonathan Davis, 20th TV EVP Comedy and Animation. Read More »
One of the staples of Fox’s Sunday primetime Animation Domination block is coming to a newsstand near you. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Dynamite Entertainment announced today that they’ve partnered to develop a comic based on Bob’s Burgers. “We could not be more pleased to add Bob’s Burgers to the our line of comics,” said Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci, in a statement Wednesday. “It’s stylish and hilarious, a feel-good concept that can be both heartwarming and mischievous at the same time. When we told our team that we were approaching Fox for the license, everyone lit up at the opportunity. We look forward to working with our partners at Fox to put out a fantastic product that will appeal to readers of all ages.” The announcement today isn’t the only Comic-Con presence Bob’s Burgers, which debuted on Fox in 2011, will have in San Diego this year. There’s a Bob’s Burgers Comic-Con panel scheduled for July 19 with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and members of the cast.
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EXCLUSIVE: Primetime television animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, which provides animation for such series as Fox’s Bob Burgers and Comedy Central’s Brickleberry, is expanding its business into developing and producing original animated content. The company, founded in 2009 by Mark McJimsey, Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg, has formed Creative Development and Original Programing Division, which will be headed by veteran comedy executive Mike Clements.
“At this point in time, we were looking to find somebody who can help elevate us in the marketplace, and Mike has great relationships with creative talent,” Greenberg said. “The company’s expansion shows the industry that we’re serious about our commitment to grow and be an independent studio while still working closely with partners to make their shows.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has closed a deal with Twentieth Television for exclusive off-network cable rights to 20th Century Fox TV’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers, now in its third season on Fox and renewed for a fourth. The deal includes Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers, which will begin airing on Adult Swim this summer. I hear the license fee is just shy of $500,000 an episode, in line with what TBS and Adult Swim paid for Twentieth TV’s animated comedy The Cleveland Show in 2010. In addition to Cleveland, Bob’s Burgers will join two other current/former Fox animated comedies on Adult Swim, Family Guy and King Of The Hill.
While not a breakout for Fox, Bob’s Burgers has been an OK ratings performer and quickly has achieved cult status. It also has been well received by critics and landed an Emmy nomination for best animated program last year. The timing of the show’s rollout on Adult Swim, ahead of the broadcast fall launch, could give it a boost on Fox as many series experience a ratings resurgence as a result of additional exposure on cable. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Howell, head of 20th Century Fox TV‘s animation department, is leaving the studio to pursue other opportunities. I hear her contract is up in May and is not being renewed. Howell has headed the department since 20th TV created it in 2008. The series developed on her watch include Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, the recently picked up Murder Police as well as Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory. 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman are expected to find a replacement.
Additionally, Howell ran the joint Fox/20th TV Fox Inkubation initiative focused on breaking new animation talent by evaluating potential toon series through fully-formed 2-minute shorts rather than by traditional script development. The program, also started in 2008, developed a number of projects though none got on the air. It was dissolved last year after Fox shifted its attention to the launch of a late-night animation block, bringing in former Adult Swim head Nick Weidenfeld to oversee it. Before joining 20th TV, Howell was EVP of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s production company Important Films and a former supervising producer on South Park. In other personnel changes at 20th TV’s animation department, director Evan Shames is segueing to a writing career.
Fox brass has given another vote of confidence to animated comedy Bob’s Burgers with a 22-episode fourth-season order. The pickup comes on the heels of a six-script order for the comedy in August. “We love Bob’s,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. “We are really proud of the way the show has grown over the past three seasons — without losing the unique voice at its core — and we know that the best is yet to come for Bob’s Burgers and its fans.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has ordered 6 additional scripts from animated series Bob’s Burgers. The network renewed the comedy for a third season with a 13-episode order back in January, before the series’ second season premiere in March. The additional scripts will go towards a back order, bringing the total number of scripts for Season 3 to 19. Bob’s Burgers, which also has 13 leftover unaired episodes from Season 2 to run this fall, is currently in production on its Season 3 order, and the 6-script pickup will keep its writers working.
While not a breakout ratings performer, Bob’s Burgers has been a solid show and a favorite of Fox’s brass. Additionally, it just landed its first outstanding animated program Emmy nomination. Bob’s Burgers third season premieres on Sept. 30, marking the first time the comedy has launched in the fall. Upcoming guest voices include Zach Galifianakis as Chet, a former department store window dresser pining for his estranged wife, who happens to be a mannequin; and Nick Offerman and real-life wife Megan Mullally as a pair of married hippie farmers who hire the Belcher kids as “weed pickers.” Also, Kevin Kline returns as Bob’s eccentric landlord “Mr. Fischoeder,” who purchases an unpredictable mechanical shark as an attraction for the pier; and Jeffrey Tambor voices “Captain Flarty,” a crazed cruise ship captain who shanghais Bob and his family. Other returning guest voices include Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader and Sarah … Read More »
Fox has given animated comedy Bob’s Burgers a back-nine order ahead of the series’ second-season launch in January. Bob’s Burgers premiered in midseason and its initial second-season renewal was for 13 episodes. “Last season, Bob’s Burgers infused our Sunday lineup with a fresh new voice that was fully embraced by our Animation Domination fans,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive and the team have done an amazing job with the show.” Bouchard created the series, from 20th TV, and is executive producing/writing with Dauterive. Read More »
Fox has just given an early second-season pickup to animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. This is the third scripted series to be renewed for next season, following the January pickup of another freshman comedy, Raising Hope, and Fringe. “Bob’s Burgers has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year,” said Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we’re excited to serve up another season to the fans.”
After a big premiere boosted by an NFL overrun, Bob’s Burgers settled into a so-so ratings territory, posting a 2.2 in adults 18-49 for its most recent original. Fox’s decision to renew Bob’s Burgers is also interesting as the network has two new animated series on tap for next season, Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite. But, with a 13-episode order, Bob’s Burgers can split the season with the newcomers, whose combined order is for 13 half-hours. Bob’s Burgers, from 20th TV, was created by Loren Bouchard who executive produces and writes with Jim Dauterive.