EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a 10-episode order to animated comedy series Moonbeam City, an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. Created and executive produced by Scott Gairdner (Conan), executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Rob Lowe, Moonbeam City features a voice cast led by Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara. It follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Gairdner and Olive Bridge developed the project, which falls outside of Olive Bridge’s deal with Sony TV, and took it to Lowe who came on board to star and produce. “I was hoping for 10,000 episodes, but 10 is a good start,” said Gairdner. Retorted Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman, “Had Scott just asked, we would have given him a 10,000-episode order. Oh well, lesson learned for him.” Mark Brooks serves as supervising director, with animation by Titmouse.
Moonbean City expands Comedy Central’s animated footprint built around stalwart South Park. It also includes Brickleberry, which has been renewed for a third season, and recent entry Triptank. Lowe is nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in HBO’s Behind The Candelabra, for a SAG Award for playing the lead in Nat Geo’s Killing Kennedy, and his NBC series Parks & Recreation is up for best comedy series at the Globes on Sunday. The actor, who is departing Parks & Recreation, has sold two projects this season — he stars in and executive produces single-camera workplace comedy The Pro, which has a production commitment at NBC via the actor’s first-look deal with the network, and co-created and exec produces with Kevin Falls an ABC drama informed by Lowe’s years growing up in Malibu. Lowe is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and O’Melveny & Myer. Gairdner is with UTA, Principato-Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Olive Bridge, which is producing with Sony CBS’ comedy pilot The McCarthys, is with UTA.