Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults, announced the pick-up of Teenage Euthanasia — a dystopic coming-of-all-ages comedy series about death, family and accidental resurrection, coming in 2021.
The animated series is co-created by Alissa Nutting, a New York Times Editor’s Choice writer (Made for Love), and Emmy-nominated producer Alyson Levy (The Shivering Truth). Currently in production, Teenage Euthanasia is produced by PFFR and animated by Augenblick Studios.
“With Teenage Euthanasia, Alissa and Alyson have created both a world and a family that everyone can relate to, laugh at, and ultimately feel relieved that they aren’t a part of,” said Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim.
Set in a mildly apocalyptic near-future, Teenage Euthanasia centers around the Fantasy Family and their inland Florida funeral home, Tender Endings. The cast of characters include recently undead Trophy Fantasy (voiced by Maria Bamford); her teenage daughter, Euthanasia “Annie” Fantasy Jo Firestone); Annie’s Oedipus-complex-stricken Uncle Pete (Tim Robinson); and Annie’s “old country” immigrant grandmother Baba (Bebe Neuwirth).
As a teen mom, Trophy ran away from home, leaving Annie behind to be raised by her Baba and Uncle Pete. Fifteen years later, Trophy finally returns to Tender Endings… as a corpse, for burial. But when a bolt of lightning strikes Baba’s homemade embalming fluid, and one of Annie’s tears magically bring Trophy back from the dead, Trophy finds herself a resurrected woman with a second chance at unplanned parenthood (and a variety of quasi-useful death powers).
Alyson Levy is a co-creator (with John Lee and Vernon Chatman) of Xavier: Renegade Angel and The Heart, She Holler and a member of PFFR, responsible for producing Wonder Showzen, Delocated, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter and The Shivering Truth.
Alissa Nutting is a screenwriter, novelist and essayist. She is also co-creator of the upcoming HBO Max show Made for Love, based on her critically acclaimed book of the same name.
Teenage Euthanasia will be the second Adult Swim animated original series with a woman creator or co-creator, following Tender Touches (Lauren Payne, Max Simonet & David Bonawits), which debuted in 2017 and premiered its third season this summer.
Early 2021 will also see new seasons of Momma Named Me Sheriff and Final Space, respectively.