AMC Networks today announced the second round of voice casting for its new half-hour, stop-motion, animated baby doll series, Ultra City Smiths, created by Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace), who serves as showrunner, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, Crossing Swords). The first two episodes of the series will premiere on AMC+ on Thursday, July 22, with subsequent episodes dropping weekly, every Thursday. The six-episode first season will air on AMC this fall.
Rounding out the cast are Kristen Bell (Queenpins, The Woman in the House) as Donella Pecker, Dax Shepard (Parenthood, The Ranch) as Congressman Chris Pecker, Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Duck Butter) as Little Grace, Tim Meadows (Schooled, No Activity) as Deputy Mayor Jeff Thumb, Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Patriot) as Captain Krieger, Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment, Shadowlands) as Trish McSapphire, Luis Guzmán (Shameless, Traffic) as Rodrigo Smalls, Julian Barratt (Truth Keepers, Killing Eve) as The Most Dangerous Man in the World, Sunita Mani (Evil Eye, Save Yourselves!) as Detective Jaya Mukherjee, and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Dead Don’t Die) as The Narrator.
“I’m grateful that this group of actors, who could work with whomever they choose on whatever they choose, chose to work with us,” Conrad said.
These all-star cast members join the previously announced Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Black Mirror), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name, The United States vs. Billie Holiday), John C. Reilly (Moonbase 8, Ralph Breaks the Internet), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Cheers), Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, Infinite), Damon Herriman (Once upon a Time in Hollywood, Underground Railroad), Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live, Toy Story 4), Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show, RoboCop), Tim Heidecker (Moonbase 8, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Chris Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace, LTD) and Hana Mae Lee (Patriot, The Babysitter: Killer Queen).
From AMC Studios and created by Conrad, Ultra City Smiths unfolds via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters. The series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate (Smith). Two intrepid detectives (Simpson and Randolph) follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Chris Waters serve as executive producers along with Jennifer Scher. Jeff Dieter and Thomas J. Glynn are producers.
AMC Studios Content Distribution is managing worldwide sales of the series.
In alphabetical order: Julian Barratt is represented by Qvoice Limited; Kristen Bell is represented by CAA and Bailey Brand Management; Luis Guzmán is represented by The Gersh Agency; Sunita Mani is represented by Mosaic, UTA and Jackoway Tyerman; Tim Meadows is represented by Arcieri & Associates Talent Agency, CESD Talent Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Terry O’Quinn is represented by Genuine Artists; Alia Shawkat is represented by UTA, MGMT. Entertainment, and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark; Dax Shepard is represented by WME and LGNA; Tom Waits is represented by MGMT. Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman; and Debra Winger is represented by The Gersh Agency, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.