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GSN Courts Animation with Station

These days, it seems all broadcasters are looking to augment their lineups with animated programming, even the least likely of specialized cable outlets. According to Daily Variety, GSN (formerly Game Show Network) has ordered a toon pilot titled Arctic Station from John Jacobs, who produced the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy, Anger Management, and the upcoming Johnny Knoxville vehicle, The Ringer.

Sony Pictures TV will produce the pilot, which has a military officer deployed to a remote station where he does little but watch game shows on satellite with his only companion, an enormous yeti. The show is being described as Mystery Science Theater 3000 meets Beavis & Butt-Head.

The pilot order is part of GSN’s plan to broaden its audience to include the coveted young male demographic. Having dropped the "Game Show" portion of its name, the broadcaster has been targeting the gamer generation with the addition of programming focused on video games.

Jacobs is producing Arctic Station under his Smart Ent., with company cohort Colin O’Reilly serving as exec producer. Showrunner Michael Davidoff (Working) is writing the pilot script with Joe Aucoin (K Thru 12). Overseeing for for Sony are Zach Van Amburg and John Westphal.

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