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Fox’s Shrinking Animation Domination: Midseason Series ‘Murder Police’ Scrapped

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has nixed midseason animated comedy series Murder Police. I hear the decision was made by Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly after reading scripts and watching footage of upcoming episodes. Because of the nature of animation production, there is work done on various episodes at the same time though I hear there is no completed episode yet. (The series order was made off a presentation.) I hear producer 20th Century Fox TV is planning to continue fulfilling the 13-episode order and shop the series elsewhere.

There has been only one addition to Fox’s “Animation Domination” Sunday block that has stuck since Reilly joined the network in 2007 — cult (and Fox brass) favorite Bob’s Burgers, which was recently renewed for a fifth season. Murder Police was Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years — since the 2010 pickups of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite, which only aired for 7 and 6 episodes, respectively. With the stealth cancellation of The Cleveland Show, upcoming move of American Dad! to TBS and demise of Murder Police, there will be only three returning shows next season in Fox’s Sunday animated block that runs for as many as three hours when there is no football. Because of the long production cycle on an animated series, it is almost impossible to have a new animated comedy series ready for next fall unless the network transplants one of the projects from its ADHD Saturday late-night block. Read More »

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‘Up All Night’ Creator Emily Spivey Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emily SpiveyUp All Night creator Emily Spivey has signed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The pact comes two months after Spivey exited her NBC/Universal TV comedy series. Under the deal, Spivey will work on current series as well as develop new projects for the studio. Her first assignment will be serving as a co-executive producer on 20th TV’s upcoming Fox animated series Murder Police. This brings her back to the beginning of her career when she did gigs on another 20th TV/Fox animated series, King Of The Hill, as well as Fox’s late-night-sketch show MadTV. From there, she moved onto NBC’s Saturday Night Live where she spent a decade, most recently as writing supervisor, and shared in the show’s 2002 writing Emmy. Spivey also did a stint on NBC’s Parks & Recreation. “Emily is one of those unique, funny female voices that we have had our eyes on for some time—we’ve been big fans ever since she worked for us on King Of The Hill at the very start of her career,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We believe she has a hit in her, and we want to be the studio which helps her achieve it.”

20th TV has been successful cultivating female writing talent and getting comedy series by female creators on the air, most recently with New Girl (Elizabeth Meriwether), Don’t Trust The B— (Nahnatchka … Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox Picks Up ‘Murder Police’ Animated Series

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has announced officially the pickup to series of animated comedy Murder Police, from former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner David Goodman and Jason Ruiz. This marks Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years — since the October 2010 pickup of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory for 7 episodes (with Goodman as executive producer/showrunner), and Napoleon Dynamite for 6.

Related: Fox Orders ‘Murder Police’ Animated Series

Set to premiere next season, Murder Police follows a dedicated but inept detective and his colleagues — some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy — in a twisted city precinct. “David and Jason came to us with a really fresh take on law enforcement that we’ve never seen before,” said Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “With Murder Police, these guys are taking a staple genre of television — the cop show– and turning it on its head by pushing the warped comedic boundaries that only animation can offer.” Read More »

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Fox Orders ‘Murder Police’ Animated Series

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Fox is giving a 13-episode series order to Murder Police, an animated comedy from former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner David Goodman and Jason Ruiz. The show follows a dedicated but inept detective and his partner in a twisted city precinct as they try to solve serious crimes. Goodman and Ruiz created and wrote the project, originally picked up by the network as a presentation. Goodman serves as executive producer; Ruiz as co-executive producer. Murder Police is produced at Bento Box Animation for 20th Century Fox TV.

Murder Police marks Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years — since the October 2010 pickup of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory for 7 episodes (with Goodman as executive producer/showrunner), and Napoleon Dynamite for 6. Neither of the two were renewed for a second season. Read More »

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