EXCLUSIVE: Fox has ordered 6 additional scripts from animated series Bob’s Burgers. The network renewed the comedy for a third season with a 13-episode order back in January, before the series’ second season premiere in March. The additional scripts will go towards a back order, bringing the total number of scripts for Season 3 to 19. Bob’s Burgers, which also has 13 leftover unaired episodes from Season 2 to run this fall, is currently in production on its Season 3 order, and the 6-script pickup will keep its writers working.
While not a breakout ratings performer, Bob’s Burgers has been a solid show and a favorite of Fox’s brass. Additionally, it just landed its first outstanding animated program Emmy nomination. Bob’s Burgers third season premieres on Sept. 30, marking the first time the comedy has launched in the fall. Upcoming guest voices include Zach Galifianakis as Chet, a former department store window dresser pining for his estranged wife, who happens to be a mannequin; and Nick Offerman and real-life wife Megan Mullally as a pair of married hippie farmers who hire the Belcher kids as “weed pickers.” Also, Kevin Kline returns as Bob’s eccentric landlord “Mr. Fischoeder,” who purchases an unpredictable mechanical shark as an attraction for the pier; and Jeffrey Tambor voices “Captain Flarty,” a crazed cruise ship captain who shanghais Bob and his family. Other returning guest voices include Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader and Sarah and Laura Silverman.
Besides Bob’s Burgers, another Fox animated comedy that has been awaiting word is The Cleveland Show. Fox in May did not pick up the option on a fifth-season renewal for the animated series, opting to postpone the decision to see how its schedule shakes out in the fall.