FOX is announcing changes to its Sunday, January 3 lineup following the NFL on Fox Doubleheader – new animated comedy The Great North will now have a special preview at 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT, following the series premiere of the new live-action Mayim Bialik comedy Call Me Kat at 8 p.m. The ninth and final season premiere of Last Man Standing will now air at 9:30 p.m., following an all-new episode of The Simpsons at a special time: 9:00-9:30 p.m.
The Great North special preview on Jan. 3 precedes its series premiere on Sunday, Feb. 14 (8:30 p.m.), as part of the Animation Domination lineup.
The new animated comedy follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad, Beef (Nick Offerman), does his best to keep his bunch of kids close – especially his only daughter, Judy (Jenny Slate), whose artistic dreams lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. Rounding out the family are Judy’s older brother, Wolf (Will Forte), and his fiancé, Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan); middle brother, Ham (Paul Rust); and 10-year-old-going-on-50 little brother, Moon (Aparna Nancherla). While the children’s mother is not in the picture, Judy seeks guidance from her new boss, Alyson (Megan Mullally), and her imaginary friend, Alanis Morissette (guest-voicing as herself), who appears to her in the Northern Lights.
The series, which already has been renewed for a second season, was created, written and executive-produced by Bob’s Burgers writers and executive producers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, as well as writer Minty Lewis (Regular Show). The Molyneux sisters serve as showrunners. Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard is also an executive producer. The Great North is a 20th Television production, and animation is produced through Bento Box Entertainment.
On an all-new The Simpsons airing at a special time (9 p.m.) on Jan.3, Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Bob Balaban (The Politician) guest-voice in the “The Dad-Feelings Limited” episode, in which the awesome origin story of Comic Book Guy (Hank Azaria) is revealed, as he and his wife, Kumiko (Jenny Yokobori), debate having a baby.
The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, The Simpsons has made instantly identifiable TV icons of Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Maggie — as well as many beloved Springfield residents, including tavern proprietor Moe Szyslak (Azaria) and nuclear power plant owner Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer). The Emmy, Annie and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy will celebrate a landmark 700 episodes this spring.
The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series.