FOX Orders Animated Comedy 'Murder Police'

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December 4th, 2012

FOX is looking to add another animated comedy to its lineup, giving a 13-episode order to Murder Police. The show follows a bumbling but well-intentioned police detective and his partner as they try and solve crimes and is from former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner David Goodman and Jason Ruiz. Possibly related fact: FOX has  renewed all of its current Sunday animated comedy lineup, save for The Cleveland Show.

Update: Now with official press release!



New Animated Comedy to Debut During 2013-2014 Season

FOX has picked up MURDER POLICE, a new animated comedy that follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct. David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY) and Jason Ruiz – one of the writers/ animators discovered through the Fox Inkubation program – created the series, which is expected to debut during the 2013-2014 season.


“David and Jason came to us with a really fresh take on law enforcement that we’ve never seen before,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “With MURDER POLICE, these guys are taking a staple genre of television – the cop show – and turning it on its head by pushing the warped comedic boundaries that only animation can offer. It’s the kind of show our Animation Domination fans will absolutely love, and I can’t wait to introduce it next season.”


MANUEL SANCHEZ (voiced by co-creator Ruiz) aspires to be a good cop, but his efforts to solve crimes are constantly put in jeopardy by his own clumsiness and the incompetence of his fellow detectives, including his partner, TOMMY MARGARETTI (Will Sasso, “The Three Stooges,” “MADtv”), a tough, rule-breaking “bad cop” who can't interrogate a suspect without beating him up.


Voice actors on the pilot include Jason Ruiz as MANUEL and MARIO SANCHEZ, Will Sasso as TOMMY MARGARETTI, Chi McBride (“Hawthorne,” “Human Target”) as RANDALL HICKOX, Horatio Sanz (“Saturday Night Live”) as DONEL, Penny Marshall (“Life & Times of Tim,” “Laverne & Shirley”) as SYLVIA GOLDENBERG, Peter Atencio (“Key and Peele”) as CAPTAIN JOHN RUSHOUR and Justina Machado (“Private Practice,” “Six Feet Under”) as ROSA SANCHEZ.


MURDER POLICE is created and written by David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY) and Jason Ruiz. Goodman serves as executive producer and Ruiz is co-executive producer. The series is produced at Bento Box Animation for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

  • silvit

    It speaks flop.

  • RandyL

    Bye Bye Cleveland Show. No one liked you, and no one will miss you.

  • Ryan

    If they cancel The Cleveland Show; they will just move him back to Family Guy. Easy Fix.

  • Zachary

    I can not wait to see this. Fox is really screwing everything up with animation. What was wrong with King of the Hill? It was a great show, and they just go ahead and replace it with The Cleveland Show? WTF?

    Good to see some new blood.

  • Dan

    My guess is like Sit Down Shut Up, Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory, Murder Police will be one and done. Bob’s Burgers only survived because its a family show, which is what FOX likes. Cleveland Show will probably get 13 more episodes combined with a few leftovers from this season for a final fifth season.

  • Networkman

    Cleveland Show should definately get another season. I don’t feel it is doing any worse than Bob’s Burgers. And that is a show that FOX is desperately trying to turn into a hit. I feel Animation Domination should be slowly coming to an end. The Simpsons should end after it has completed its 25th season. That will be in 2014. The Cleveland Show and Bob’s Burgers should also leave in 2014. That will leave just Family Guy and American Dad. I wonder how both would perform on Friday night away from Football.

  • Oliver

    Procedurals skew super-old while the animation block skews super-young. Who is this meant to appeal to, exactly?

    Agree with the others that this is doomed.

  • TVDude

    I don’t know if The Cleveland Show will get canceled just yet. Its ratings aren’t great, but they’re not much worse than Bob’s Burgers or American Dad. Last season, they seemed to be a lot lower than the other shows. Another comedy could fit into the current lineup with a repeat usually being in front of The Cleveland Show. Fox has also split up the lineup before, having shows share timeslots. Bobs Burgers and Napoleon did that last season.

  • jay

    Speaking of which, what’s going on “Animation Domination HD” ?? any progress heard someone?? Last May Fox announced that this season they’ll “expandsits animation brand into late-prime with Animation Domination HD.”. But, except for “AXE COP” they already introduced in May, nothing happen ’till now. Somebody knows about this??

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I actually like the Cleveland show a lot. Lampshaded in the Thanksgiving episode, it’s a good middle ground between the Simpsons and Family Guy. Keep Cleveland.

  • Michael

    What ever happened to Fox’s Idea of Animiation Shows on Saturday Night?? :O

  • kyle

    I forgot all about the whole Adult Swim on Fox Saturday Nights idea…I remember it was suppose to start airing in 2013

  • phil

    theyve been posting on youtube for a while now

  • The Hafk


    While I don’t like The Cleveland Show and I agree that King of the Hill was great, I’m very glad that KOTH ended. 259 episodes is an impressive run for a TV show, and it ended on a high note, unlike The Simpsons which has been mediocre-at-best for almost 10 years.

  • Lamdog

    … us with a really fresh take on law enforcement that we’ve never seen before…

    Where have I read those words before? Oh yeah Cop Rock…

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