New Wave Of Cable Cartoons Coming To Primetime TV
Twenty years after “The Simpsons” brought animation back to primetime, a new generation of series — and networks — are getting into the toon game.
This time it’s cable that is aggressively pursuing the adult animation world, as a new wave of toons are set to hit the small screen over the next several months.
FX entered the genre last week with a sneak preview of “Archer” (which returns in January), while Nick at Nite recently bowed its first animated series, “Glenn Martin, DDS.” Also, Comedy Central execs say they plan to dramatically beef up their toon lineup — with an eye toward an animation block — starting with original episodes of “Futurama.”
HBO has ordered a second season of “The Life and Times of Tim,” and even TBS plans to join the mix, via the upcoming “Neighbors from Hell.” And Cartoon Network’s latenight companion channel, Adult Swim, continues to score big with its block of animation, even securing several Emmy nods for “Robot Chicken.”