EXCLUSIVE: Writing team John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman, actors best known for their roles on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, have sold an animated workplace comedy project to Amazon. Titled Dark Minions, the comedy is set on an evil space station where two opinionated misfits are squeezed into working for “the man.” Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato-Young, which manages Bowie, will executive produce, with Bowie and Sussman co-executive producing and Sussman’s manager Jill McGrath serving as a producer.
Bowie and Sussman met and became friends while guest starring together on The Big Bang Theory, where they have recurred as Leonard and Sheldon’s nemesis Barry Kripke and comic book store owner Stuart, respectively. Sussman was promoted to a regular going into this season. Bowie and Sussman’s spec Dark Minions caught the attention of Sony TV last year, leading to the studio backing the duo’s comedy The Ever After Part, which sold to Fox last season, and The Second Coming Of Rob, loosely based on Bowie’s life, which sold to CBS in July. The writing team is additionally repped by APA.
Amazon has been ramping up original comedy and children programming development. Amazon Studios, the content development division of the online retailer, is finalizing a deal for its first pilot order to live-action comedy Browsers.