Comedy Central has greenlit Moonbeam City, a new weekly animated series created and exec produced by Scott Gairdner (Conan, Funny Or Die), executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Rob Lowe. The news was announced today by Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming.
The 10-episode series is set to premiere in 2015 and features the voices of Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara.
“I was hoping for 10,000 episodes, but ten is a good start,” said Gairdner. “Had Scott just asked, we would have given him a 10,000 episode order. Oh well, lesson learned for him,” added Alterman.
Moonbeam City is described as “an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s.” The series follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (voiced by Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work.
Hot L.A. animation house Titmouse is handling the show’s animation. Mark Brooks id the series’ supervising director; Ian Friedman is exec in charge of production for Comedy Central.