IFC Greenlights Toon Series

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is throwing its hat into the TV animation ring with a new series from actor Bob Balaban, according to Daily Variety. The cable network is also resurrecting the cancelled FOX adult puppet series, Greg the Bunny.

Writer/director/producer Balaban, who appeared in Christopher Guest’s improvisational films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, will reportedly bring a touch of Guest’s style to Hopeless Pictures, an animated show about a dysfunctional independent film studio. Fellow Guest favorite Michael McKean will voice the troubled studio boss.

IFC has apparently commissioned a series of five- to 12-minute film parodies starring hand puppets Greg the Bunny and his pal, Warren the Ape. Created by Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy and Sean Baker, the show will be produced by Moxie Pictures.

Debuting Aug. 19, the new shows will air on Fridays during a one-hour block starting at 10 p.m.