Exclusive: Adam Carolla Developing Animated Show at Fox
The Man Show and Dancing with the Stars alum Adam Carolla is getting animated. The comedian has teamed up with former King of the Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to produce The Birchums, which has landed a presentation order from Fox.
The Birchums is based on a character Carolla popularized in the 1990s on Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Kevin and Bean morning show. "Mr. Birchum" — essentially an even gruffer version of Carolla's cynical persona — is a hard-nosed, old-school woodshop teacher who's a bit frustrated at the world. The Birchums would expand that universe, focusing on his interactions with family and friends as he puts up with an increasingly unmanly world.
Carolla would continue to voice "Mr. Birchum" for the show. It's a character that's similar in some ways to Hank Hill, the patriarch of King of the Hill, which Altschuler and Krinsky oversaw as showrunners for several years. Altschuler and Krinsky are also currently working on MTV's revival of Beavis and Butt-head, which comes from Hill co-creator Mike Judge.
Altschuler and Krinsky's other credits include ABC's animated series The Goode Family, as well as the screenplay to Blades of Glory. Carolla is hosting The Car Show for the Speed Channel, hosts a popular podcast and recently wrote the book In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks, And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy.
20th Century Fox TV, 3 Arts and Jackhole (Carolla's production company with Jimmy Kimmel) are the producers of The Birchums, while Kevin Hench and James Dixon are executive producers along with Carolla, Altschuler and Krinsky.
The Birchums is one of several animated presentations in the works at Fox; Deadline.com reported on Thursday that comedian Demetri Martin has also just sold a project to the network.
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