Christmas is coming early for SYFY’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ. The network made a list, checked it twice… and today announced that the irreverent and edgy animated comedy The Pole, starring Saturday Night Live alums Bobby Moynihan (We Bare Bears, DuckTales) and Jillian Bell (Bless the Hearts, Bob’s Burgers), has been added to the “nice list” with a six-episode series pickup.
The Pole also added several helpful elves to the voice cast, including series regular Nicole Byer (Woke, Big City Greens) and recurring cast members SungWon Cho (Aggretsuko, Borderlands 3), Colin Jost (SNL), Tim Simons (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Sasheer Zamata (Woke).
Synopsis: After a scandal involving “Saint” Nick (Moynihan) rocks the holly jolly foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose as the future of Christmas turns into a twisted power struggle for the Red Suit. As Nick, the 20th to wear the Suit, struggles with the age-old question of naughty vs. nice, his wife Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Gretchen (Bell), works to keep the political machine that is toy production afloat. It isn’t easy as they juggle the factory elves, including Nick’s head elf Matilda (Byer) and the political activist Helenor (Zamata), as well as parenting two sons – Nick’s mini-me Harry (Cho) and the crown prince, Jack (Simons), who’s not only next in line for the Suit, but also looking to rebrand it. Reporting on all the drama in The Pole? Cocoa (Jost), host of the North Pole News Network Program, “Morning Cocoa.”
Pulling multiple voice duties, Monihan also voices Nick’s snowman BFF, Chilly; Bell plays the mysterious Snow White Lady; and Cho voices frisky reindeer Dasher and party elf Len.
Expected to debut in TZGZ in 2021, The Pole is from B.C.-based Yeti Farm Creative (Hotel Transylvania Season 2, Pete the Cat Season 2). The quarter-hour series is created and executive produced by Matthew Bass (writer, Future Man) and Theodore Bressman (writer, Future Man; writer/EP, Jungleland), who also serve as showrunners. Mark Gordon (producer, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan) also executive produces, as well as Frank Saperstein (EP, Counterfeit Cat; producer, Ren & Stimpy) and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.
The Pole joins an expanding lineup of SYFY originals on TZGZ, including Devil May Care, The Summoner, Wild Life, Magical Girl Friendship Squad and Hell Den Season 2.