Welcome to the 2015 Fall preview edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
The CW, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC cut their shows in half last week to make room for new shows and renewals as part of Fall TV up front news. We’ll look at the big 5 one by one this week as they continue to clean house. First up, let’s find out what ABC’s doing.
The Alphabet Network came off a much improved fall season after their ratings report increased dramatically. They’ll do it again this year but, on a careful pace. What’s ABC trying to prove to the critics Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After a very successful 2014-15 season, ABC is taking a very conservative approach to its schedule, not moving a single returning show to a new slot, with all scheduling changes a result of attrition as new series fill the void left by cancellations. The network is returning intact half of its 6 nights of original programming, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, followed by details about the network’s midseason scheduling plans and descriptions of all new series.
ABC FALL 2015-16 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10 PM — Castle
8 PM — THE MUPPETS
8:30 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
9 PM — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10 PM — QUANTICO
8 PM — The Middle
8:30 PM — The Goldbergs
9 PM — Modern Family”
9:30 PM — black-ish
10 PM — Nashville
8 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM — Scandal
10 PM — How to Get Away with Murder
8 PM — Last Man Standing
8:30 PM — DR. KEN
9 PM — Shark Tank
10 PM –20/20
8 PM — Saturday Night Football
7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM — Once Upon a Time
9 PM — OIL
10 PM — OF KINGS AND PROPHETS
ABC is launching five new series in the fall, comedies The Muppets and Dr. Ken, and dramas Quantico, Oil (formerly Boom) and Of Kings and Prophets. As usual, the network is holding back some of its highest-profile new entries, including new thriller dramas The Family and the Shondaland-produced The Catch.
With sophomore How To Get Away with Murder slated for a shorter season per star Viola Davis’ contract, The Catch will slip into the Thursday 10 PM slot later in the season to keep the Shondaland branding of the night intact.
Despite being described as an adult take on the famous puppets, The Muppets is said to be family friendly, so no surprise that ABC is using the self-starter as a new Tuesday 8 PM anchor. Family comedy Fresh Off the Boat, which did a very respectable business with no lead-in in the challenging time period this past midseason, will now slide to 8:30 PM. When Muppets ends its limited run, Fresh will return to 8 PM to launch new comedy The O’Neals, about a family with a gay teenage son.
The scheduling of the other new ABC comedy, the Ken Joeng starrer Dr. Ken, also was a no-brainer. The network’s only newly picked multi-camera comedy series is paired with ABC’s only returning multi-camera series, Last Man Standing on Friday.
On Tuesday, ABC is subbing cancelled Forever, with new thriller Quantico. In between its fall and potential spring run, the network will air new crime anthology Wicked City.
ABC is going for big-canvas, sprawling dramas on Sunday, with the soapy Oil and biblical tale Of Kings and Prophets filling the spots held last fall by recently departed Resurrection and Revenge. In midseason, Of Kings of Prophets, picked up for a limited run, will be succeeded by new thriller The Family. Given the cachet of the show’s star, Academy Award-nominated Joan Allen, the series will likely launch shortly after ABC’s Oscar telecast.
Medieval comedy extravaganza Galavant will once again bridge the two sub-seasons of Once. Ditto for Marvel’s Agent Carter, once again connecting the fall and spring runs Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And the second installment of crime thriller Secrets and Lies, with Juliette Lewis returning as the lead, will fill the gap between the fall and spring installments of Nashville on Wednesday.
Also on tap for midseason is a second installment of ABC’s other midseason anthology series, American Crime, which will feature some of the actors from Season 1 in new roles in the mold of FX’s American Horror Story. On the comedy side, ABC also has the single-camera Uncle Buck remake starring Mike Epps. Neither have been assigned time slots yet.
2015-16 SERIES DESCRIPTIONS
DR. KEN – Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane. “Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly. “Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O’Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. “Dr. Ken” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
THE MUPPETS – The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages. Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred”), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.
THE REAL O’NEALS – A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. “The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi. “The Real O’Neals” was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. “The Real O’Neals” is produced by ABC Studios.
UNCLE BUCK – Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces’ and nephew’s nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too. “Uncle Buck” stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. “Uncle Buck” was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. “Uncle Buck” is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.
THE CATCH – From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. “The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria. “The Catch” was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. “The Catch” is produced by ABC Studios.
THE FAMILY – This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? “The Family” stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank. “The Family” was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “The Family” is produced by ABC Studios.
OF KINGS AND PROPHETS – An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. “Of Kings and Prophets” stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab. “Of Kings and Prophets” was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. “Of Kings and Prophets” is produced by ABC Studios.
OIL – Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. “OIL” stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey. “OIL” was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson. “OIL” is produced by ABC Signature.
QUANTICO – A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb. “Quantico” was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
WICKED CITY – “Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. “Wicked City” stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki. “Wicked City” was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “Wicked City” is produced by ABC Studios.
In preparation for tonight’s Turner up front report, Adult Swim brought out their weeknight fall schedule yesterday to see if they’re possible changes to their Adult Swim shows. And since Toonami’s schedule was reduced to 5 hours last winter, the network needed new ideas quickly. What’s new from Adult Swim Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network with young adults for over a decade, announces a slate of new and returning original programming in advance of being part of the Turner Upfront in New York City on Wednesday, May 13, as well as that night’s annual Adult Swim event, which will feature a scheduled musical performance by award-winning artist Miley Cyrus. The network, which is continuing to grow it slate of primetime originals, has become a powerhouse of comedy talent and their 2015-2016 programming line-up features more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials.
“Adult Swim has always been known as a place for taking risks and for great talent trying interesting things,” said Christina Miller, president and general manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang. “Mike (Lazzo) and his team continue to raise the bar, always knowing what the Adult Swim fan wants; and this new slate of original programming adds to our growing line-up of successful primetime comedies.”
“There is no better environment for an advertiser seeking to engage and connect with this sought-after millennial consumer,” said Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales. “Through premium top-rated multi-screen programming, custom-produced branded content, on-site media activations and digital engagement, there is limitless return potential for marketers aligning with us and this valuable brand.”
Joining the recently debuted The Jack and Triumph Show and network hits, Rick and Morty, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Black Jesus and the Emmy winning Childrens Hospital, is the new animated series TV Sucks from Brad Neely, along with live-action comedy specials from Brett Gelman and Jon Daly, and a new mini-series from Jon Glaser.
Additionally, the network has recently launched new streaming channels on AdultSwim.com for fans to enjoy original content all day long. New programming includes The Venture Bros. and Tim & Eric channels, new fan show Toonami: Pre-Flight and everyone’s favorite afternoon addiction, FishCenter, with more channels to launch later this year.
Original series and specials:
•TV SUCKS – TV SUCKS is a new quarter-hour animated sketch show created by Brad Neely (China, IL) that features a collection of frenetic one-off bits, shorts, and songs, all filtered through Neely’s signature visual style. Beware however, as this show hates you. Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld serve as executive producers, Dave Newberg as co-executive producer, with Titmouse, Inc. producing.
•UNTITLED GOLF SPECIAL – It’s 1966, and professional actors, Jon Daly and Adam Scott, go head to head in this televised golf championship. The competition is fierce, emotions are high, and both men are rarin’ to prove they’re the cream of the crop. Created by Jon Daly, who also serves as executive producer. Starring Daly (Kroll Show) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), the half-hour live-action special is produced by Alive and Kicking, Inc.
•NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER – Set in the pretend sleepy enclave of Garrity, Vermont (aka “B&B Town, USA!”), Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter is the story of a neon-clad man with a mysterious past and a highly specialized skill set – hunting werewolves. When a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes, the Garrity sheriff’s department finds itself in over its head and the fate of the townspeople is left up to Neon Joe. Will he catch the beast before the next full moon, or will it live another day and kill again? This half-hour live-action mini-series is created by Jon Glaser (Girls, Parks and Recreation) and produced by PFFR.
•TIM & ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES – Tim and Eric are back with two new Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories half-hour live-action specials that will air later this year on Adult Swim. The specials will be created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, produced by Abso Lutely.
•UNTITLED BRETT GELMAN DINNER SPECIAL – Brett Gelman returns to Adult Swim for the third installment of his “Dinner” series of half-hour specials. New guests. New insanity. New brain for you after you’ve experienced it. Created and written by Brett Gelman and Jason Woliner, with Gelman and Woliner serving as executive producers, and produced by Abso Lutely.
•ROBOT CHICKEN DC COMICS SPECIAL III: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC (working title) – The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship Is Magic surrenders the DC Comics multitude of heroes and villains to the demented whims of the Emmy Award®-winning Robot Chicken for a triumphant third time. This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance! The all-star cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick plus Adam West and Burt Ward. The special is executive produced by Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, along with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register. The special is directed by Tom Sheppard (Annoying Orange) and Zeb Wells. Head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root and co-executive producer Kevin Shinick are joined as writers by veteran Robot Chicken writer Mike Fasolo, as well as Hugh Davidson (Mike Tyson Mysteries), Green, J. T. Krul, Breckin Meyer, Senreich and Sheppard.
•BAD GUYS – Taste. Design. Marketing. Looking fresh to death. These are things that are lost on modern-day terrorists, but one man is going to change the game forever. Bad Guys is a quarter-hour animated series about a bombastic, megalomaniac terrorist and his upstart terrorist organization; and their quest for global domination. World Governments and Fashionistas your days are numbered. Created by Paul Scheer (Fresh Off the Boat, The League) and Nick Giovannetti, produced by Bento Box.
•UNTITLED MILLION DOLLAR EXTREME PROJECT – A live-action quarter-hour sketch show in an almostpresentday postapocalyptic nightmare world. Created by Million Dollar Extreme.
•MR. NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE – Mr. Neighbor’s House is a children’s show hosted by Brian Huskey (Childrens Hospital, Veep). He’s like any other host of kids programming, except that he is barely able to contain the suppressed rage boiling underneath his quiet demeanor. From the safe confines of his home, he throws to various “educational” vignettes: puppets, animation, stop motion, spoken word and mixed medium elements that all blend together into one 15 minute show… that is NOT for kids. Created by Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas (Childrens Hospital, The League), and Jesse Falcon, who also serve as executive producers with Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, Hot Tub Time Machine).
•BALLMASTRZ 9669 – Thousands of years in the future no one cares about traditional sports anymore. The only game that matters is THE GAME, and the new breed of heroes that play it: BALLMASTRZ. Inside giant battle arenas the size of a small city, teams of Ballmastrz face off against each other using their own hyper-creative artificially intelligent combat weapons to attack, defend, and score. These are the BALLS. Obstacles and challenges test the physical, mental, and psychological limits of the players while entertaining the masses. The player or team that masters their Ball will master The Game in the most spectacular action sport ever played. This quarter-hour animated series is created by Christy Karacas (Superjail!) and produced by Titmouse.
•APOLLO GAUNTLET – Trapped in another world, a cop from Earth can finally fight crime the way he wants after acquiring talking magical gauntlets. Animated quarter-hour pilot created by Myles Langlois and produced by Six Point Harness.
•BUBBLEGOOSE AND JUICE – Two best friends, a neurotic “Bubblegoose” and slacker “Juice” sharing a tiny no bedroom apartment as they try to maneuver through an unpredictable, supernatural, bizarro world, while still keeping up with the latest kicks. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Carl Jones (Black Dynamite).
•HOT STREETS – FBI Agent Mark Branski and his partner David French investigate supernatural phenomena, secretly aided by his niece and her cowardly dog, Chubbie Webbers. There will be alien invasions, government conspiracies, monster infestations, and more. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Brian Wysol, with Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, and Eric Towner (Robot Chicken), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Wysol serving as executive producers. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
•CREATACEOUS CALIGULA – Los Angeles has been crushed by a title wave of radiated water. From the depths of the La Brea tar pits comes out a gang of dinosaur freaks led by a T-Rex Caligula. They want to take over mutant Gross Angeles and destroy anything in their way. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by JJ Villard (King Star King) and produced by Titmouse.
•DOBLE FRIED – Doble Fried is a 6-pack of carnival freaks who run a low-rent amusement park smack drab on the border of Mexico and Not-Mexico. Whether it’s 4:20, beer-thirty, or crazy clown time, these dudes are constantly trying to scam money and score lady lizard honey. It’s a rickety roller coaster ride from the deep fried, clogged heartland of our failure. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Matt Furie and produced by PFFR.
•FISTHEAD – The relationship between two brothers is put to the test, as one, a loose-cannon action hero with a fist for a head, indiscriminately destroys not only villains, but his normal brother’s life as well. This quarter-hour animated series is created by Sean Glaze and Chris Prynoski, and produced by Titmouse.
•OMG! EARTH – OMG! Earth is a quarter-hour stop-motion animated comedy series featuring small plastic action figures going on larger-than-life adventures in the real world. The show takes place against a backdrop of all the classic adventure environments, including the old west, the deep blue sea, and even the final frontier! The pilot is created by John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, Ashley Arechiga, and Bradley Schaffer, with Harvatine and Towner as executive producers with Seth Green and Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken), Arechiga, and Schaffer as co-executive producers. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
•THE POUND HOLE – The Pound Hole is Adult Swim’s first ever late night dance party; a contemporary Soul Train. Think The Grind meets Project X, where DJ Douggpound (played by Doug Lussenhop) remixes both the audio and visuals of this club into surreal, and sometimes violent, but always danceable situations. The Pound Hole is a live-action quarter-hour pilot created by Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL), developed by Weidenfeld and Lussenhop (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Portlandia), and directed by The Daniels, the VMA award-winning directing duo of DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s Turn Town For What video.
Returning original series:
•AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE FOREVER
•CHECK IT OUT! WITH DR. STEVE BRULE
•THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW
•THE JACK AND TRIUMPH SHOW
•MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES
•RICK AND MORTY
•THE VENTURE BROS.
•YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL
•KILL LA KILL
•SWORD ART ONLINE II
•ATTACK ON TITAN
•INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT
•KING OF THE HILL
After 6 seasons, the summer duo Phineas and Ferb call it quits. Before the boys enter their last adventure, They’ll greet their successors to continue the duo’s adventurous legacy. What’s in store for their summer farewell tour Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World) (continued)- Acclaimed animation producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, renowned for their global hit series Phineas and Ferb, are continuing their association with Disney Television Animation with a new animated comedy series, Mikey Murphy’s Law, for Disney XD. The story introduces Mikey, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake.
Povenmire and Marsh are the creators and executive producers of Mikey Murphy’s Law, scheduled for a 2017 premiere, and joining them are Phineas and Ferb colleagues – producer and director Robert F. Hughes, story editor Scott Peterson and staff writers Joshua Pruett, Dani Vetere and Martin Olson.
The team wrapped production on the Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Phineas and Ferb after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials and a record-breaking Disney Channel Original Movie. The series will continue to be presented daily on Disney XD and Disney Channels around the world. In the U.S., it was TV’s #1 animated series among Tweens 9-14 and the #1 animated TV series in Primetime among Kids 6-11 from 2008-2013. The movie, Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (August 2011), remains the #1 animated telecast in cable TV history in Kids 2-11 and ranks among the Top 5 cable TV movies of all time in Total Viewers.
Celebrating its appeal, every Phineas and Ferb story ever told will be presented in a 73-hour marathon beginning Tuesday, June 9 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) leading to the ultimate story capper, “Last Day of Summer,” premiering Friday, June 12 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and simulcast on Disney Channel. The series will continue to air daily on Disney XD. A standalone hour-long special “The O.W.C.A. Files,” which focuses on the organization’s best secret agent, Agent P (also known as Perry the Platypus), and his fellow animal agents, will premiere this fall on Disney XD.
“Dan and Swampy are two of the most respected and proven show creators in the animation series business,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “They are incredibly gifted storytellers who have a track record of creating smart, original and relatable characters that are universally appealing to both kids and families. It’s a coup for Disney XD to continue working with this talented duo on their latest creation, Mikey Murphy’s Law. We’re looking forward to another great creative partnership.”
Marked by clever multi-level humor, strong male and female role models, strong family ties, the depiction of a step-family and a relatable story of kids growing up and using their imaginations, the music-filled, 2D-animated comedy followed ingenious Phineas Flynn and his resourceful step-brother, Ferb Fletcher, as they happily set out to conquer boredom and make every day of summer vacation count for something.
In the one-hour Phineas and Ferb episode titled “Last Day of Summer,” the summer season is coming to a close and it’s Candace’s last chance to bust her brothers. She is quickly foiled, but is presented with an opportunity to redo the day when she sets off Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator, which results in other consequences like rips in the space-time continuum, the shortening of days and the disappearance of her brothers.
Phineas and Ferb won three Emmy Awards – one for Outstanding Writing in Animation (2010) and two for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (both in 2011) – and nine Emmy nominations. Additionally, the series received multiple nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA) and Annie Awards.
The Phineas and Ferb voice cast includes: Vincent Martella as Phineas Flynn, Thomas Sangster as Ferb Fletcher, Ashley Tisdale as Candace Flynn, Mitchel Musso as Jeremy, Caroline Rhea as mom Linda Flynn-Fletcher, Richard O’Brien as dad Lawrence Fletcher, Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus, Alyson Stoner as Isabella, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as Major Monogram and Dan Povenmire as the nefarious Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Among its over 150 guest stars are: Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Jon Stewart, Patrick Dempsey, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, JK Simmons, Seth MacFarlane, Jay Leno, Kelly Clarkson, George Takei, Simon Pegg, Anna Paquin, Josh Gad and Stan Lee.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,647 fans sign in as Team Skipper counts down to Memorial Day after last week’s auction win for DreamWorks’ newest sci-fi comedy flick.
Snoop Dogg visits Sanjay and Craig as he puts his rapping skills to the test with the dude-snake duo. Be sure to see his animated self this Sunday night on Nick’s Sunday Night lineup. Be sure to drop by next time on Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.