Channel 4 Picks Up Amy Poehler Animated Series ‘Duncanville’
Channel 4 has acquired much-anticipated animated comedy ‘Duncanville‘ the UK broadcaster has announced. The series will transmit close to the US premiere this year, getting a first look on Channel 4 and repeat on E4. The show is co-created by Amy Poehler (‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘SNL’, ‘Inside Out’), Mike and Julie Scully (‘The Simpsons’), and voiced by Poehler, Rashida Jones, Wiz Kalifa and Ty Burrell.
‘Duncanville’ focuses on Duncan (Poehler), a spectacularly average fifteen-year-old boy, and his immediate family. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls… but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He’s not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he’s never anything less than amazing.
Duncan’s mom, Annie (also Poehler), a parking enforcement officer who dreams of someday being a detective, lives in perpetual fear that her teenage son is one bad decision away from ruining his life and will do anything to stop him from doing so. Duncan’s father, Jack (Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell, ‘Modern Family’), husband to Annie, is a classic-rock-obsessed plumber who’s determined to be a better dad than the one he had. He’s constantly posting wonderful things about his family on Facebook and annoyed that his kids won’t friend him.
Guest voices in the series include Emmy nominee Rashida Jones (‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Angie Tribeca’) as Mia, Duncan’s on-again, off-again crush; and Golden Globe nominee Wiz Khalifa (‘American Dad!’, ‘BoJack Horseman’) as Mr. Mitch, the universally loved teacher/guidance counsellor, and occasional gym coach and school nurse, due to budget cuts.
The 13 episode series is written by Emmy Award winners Mike and Julie Scully (‘The Simpsons’, ‘Parks and Recreation’) through Poehler’s production company Paper Kite Productions. It is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and FOX Entertainment. Mike Scully, Julie Scully and Amy Poehler co-created and executive produces the series with executive producer Dave Becky. The series is animated by Bento Box Entertainment (‘Bob’s Burgers’).
Whilst Channel 4 has not yet set an exact premiere date for ‘Duncanville‘, they say it’ll air close to the US, and it premieres there February 16, 2020, on Fox, so expect it to land at some point after that in February in the UK.
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