HBO has given a two-season order to "Animals," an animated series produced by Duplass Brothers Television and created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.
According to Deadline, pitching for "Animals" began shortly before its Sundance Film Festival premiere, which received a solid critical response. The first season of the series, which follows the lives of New York City's most browbeaten residents -- rats, pigeons, bedbugs, and more -- is currently in post-production, but HBO has gone ahead and ordered a full second season and picked up worldwide rights to the show for a 2016 debut on its pay cable network and streaming services.
"Animals" marks both HBO's return to animated comedy and a strengthening of the company's relationship with the Duplass brothers, whose HBO comedy series "Togetherness" was recently renewed for a second season.
Creators Matarese and Luciano are writing, directing, and voicing many of the characters in the show. Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, and Rob Corddry have provided voiceover work as well, and animation for the series was created alongside Starburns Industries ("Rick & Morty").
"Going from having made 'Animals' in the supply closet at our day job to making 'Animals' in a supply closet at HBO headquarters is an unfathomable dream come true," Matarese and Luciano said, as quoted by Deadline. "HBO has so many supplies, you have no idea! Great for drawing stuff."
Although an exact episode count hasn't been revealed, the producers of "Animals" envisioned the series with 10-episode seasons in mind. The trailer for "Animals" can be seen below.