Two irreverent and otherworldly adult animated original comedies are joining the TZGZ late night lineup on SYFY this month when The Pole and The Summoner get back-to-back premieres on Wednesday, March 17, starting at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT
The Pole is a chaotic political satire show set in Santa’s workshop. The 6 x 15′ series was greenlit in September, from creators Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman, producer Yeti Farm Creative and exec producer Mark Gordon.
After a scandal involving “Saint” Nick (voiced by Bobby 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 (Jillian Bell), works to keep the political machine (toy production) afloat. It isn’t easy as they juggle the factory elves, including Nick’s head elf Matilda (Nicole Byer) and political activist Helenor (Sasheer Zamata), as well as parenting two sons – Nick’s mini-me Harry (Sungwon Cho) and the crown prince, Jack (Timothy Simons), who’s not only next in line for the Suit, but also looking to rebrand it. Reporting on all the drama at the Pole? Cocoa (Colin Jost), host of “Morning Cocoa,” the North Pole news program.
Based on series creator and voice star Charlie Hankin‘s short film, The Summoner was ordered straight to series in August. The 10 x 5′ creature-meets-boy buddy comedy is a 2D project from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, exec produced by Seth Green, Hankin, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Chris Waters.
Rory (Hankin), in his 20s and living on his own for the first time, has found himself in a small two-bedroom with the Summoner (also Hankin), a magical alien with the power to summon any object to his present location. The animated sitcom also voice stars Cree Summers.