Put the mind of Jonah Hill together with Family Guy alum David Goodman, and you're bound to come up with something that teeters close to the edge. That's Fox's Allen Gregory, the new animated comedy starring Hill as the voice of a 7-year-old who's wise and sophisticated beyond his years but desperately lacking a moral compass or any social skills.
French Stewart stars as Allen Gregory's equally self-involved father, while the cast also boasts stars including Will Forte and New Girl's Jake Johnson. Goodman brings hefty animation and comedy chops to his role as executive producer and showrunner on Allen Gregory; his credits also include Futurama, The Golden Girls and even a stint on Star Trek: Enterprise.
In its quest to expand its Sunday night "Animation Domination," Fox ordered seven episodes of Allen Gregory for this fall (along with six episodes of Napoleon Dynamite for midseason). Goodman tackled our show-runner survey to explain why Allen Gregory is worth checking out.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room for just one new show on my DVR. Tell me why it should be yours.
David Goodman: You're obviously recording too many shows if you only got room for one more, which means you record stuff and don't watch it, so I'd rather you didn't record it and watch it live.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Goodman: You'll miss this great thing that happens that is going to get a lot of people really upset at us, but whatever.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an algorithm for your show. (For example, Suburgatory showrunner Emily Kapnek's algorithm for her show: Suburgatory equals Kramer vs. Kramer minus Kramer plus botulism.)
Goodman: Allen Gregory equals Jonah Hill times Head of the Class divided by New Yorker cartoons plus The Golden Girls minus 3 of the old ladies.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love my show."
Goodman: If you like seeing me continue to live in my house, you'll love my show.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Goodman: I can't answer this, since I don't read reviews.
TV Guide Magazine: And what's the worst thing anyone has said or written?
Goodman: Okay, I lied, I read all the reviews, but I can't answer this because I'm trying to forget the bad ones.
TV Guide Magazine: Were they right?
Goodman: I guess one bad review was right. It was when my 86-year-old mother watched it and said, "This isn't really for me."
TV Guide Magazine: What makes your cast the best on TV?
Goodman: They are all truly brilliantly funny people.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Goodman: "Show That's On Between The Simpsons and Family Guy."
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren't the showrunner for this show, which series would you most like to work on?
Goodman: 60 Minutes. I'd like to be the young guy in the room.
TV Guide Magazine: Showrunner battles are all the rage these days. Pick a rival show, any show, to start a fight with.
Goodman: I won't do that. I have too much respect for my fellow show runners, one of whom I may need to give me a job one day. Ah, what the hell, Modern Family can suck it, [Steve] Levitan's never going to hire me again, anyway.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn't make it out of the writers' room.
Goodman: We were going to order lunch from Spago and charge it to the show.
TV Guide Magazine: Of your cast members, who would fare best on Dancing With the Stars?
Goodman: I don't watch Dancing With the Stars, I watch So You Think You Can Dance, a much, much better show that you can only see on Fox. I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank Fox for steady employment for the last 12 years.
Allen Gregory airs Sunday at 8:30/7:30c on Fox.
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