Fox Is Doubling Down on Its Animated Properties

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At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier made a number of announcements regarding the future of the company in light of the merger with Disney. Among his announcements, he unveiled Sidecar, a division of the company dedicated to developing scripted and unscripted programming for the Fox networks. He also revealed how much of a focus will be paid towards animation.

SlashFilm reports that the event featured a deliberate focus on the network’s animation slate, including two upcoming series for the network, Duncanville and Bless the Harts.

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Duncanville comes from creators Amy Poehler, Mike Scully and Jule Thacker, and centers around an average teenager and his overprotective mother. Bless the Harts was created by The Last Man on Earth co-executive producer Emily Spivey, and is being produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The series will feature voices of Kristen Wiig, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and Jillian Bell.

The two shows will join the rest of the current animation slate of programming on the network. The Simpsons was recently renewed for an additional two seasons and will continue to air along Family Guy and Bob's Burgers.

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