UPDATED: Fox‘s Animation Domination High-Def block is returning to linear TV on sibling FXX. The cable network said it will launch a late-night animation block on January 22nd that will feature fare originally developed and produced by ADHD Studios for Fox. The FXX block, which will get a sneak peak on January 1 at 12 AM, immediately following a special marathon of The Simpsons, will air at midnight on Thursdays. It will launch with eight new episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers, which will be joined by encore showings of High School USA!, Axe Cop and other ADHD animated shorts. Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers are acquisitions, as the first-run episodes had already been produced but, if successful, FXX plans to order additional new episodes of those or other ADHD series. For the time being, the block is slated to stay on at least until the summer, with repeats succeeding the Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers originals.
“Based on the successful launch of The Simpsons on FXX, this is the perfect time to expand our animation offerings and make FXX the after hours destination for animated shorts and series,” said FX Networks’ Chuck Saftler.
The Simpsons repeats run until midnight on most nights. Additionally, FXX is preparing to become the off-network home of FX animated series Archer starting in March. Saftler said he and his colleagues felt that the edgy ADHD toons “tonally and stylistically are a great fit” for The Simpsons and Archer, with the network able to use their repeats as a platform to launch shows.
The decision for the new animated block was made after FXX quietly did a successful test on Saturday night before Halloween with a two-hour block of ADHD reruns at midnight, following the network’s marathon of Simpsons’ Treehouse Of Horror episodes.
FXX has not made a move in late-night since canceling 11 PM talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell in November 2013. (FX also is without a late-night franchise after the end of the Russell Brand talker.)
ADHD had a one-year run as a late-night Saturday night block on Fox until it stopped airing originals in June. However, the network kept alive the initiative, which at the time of the decision to end, the Fox block employed 100 people working on six series in production. Fox said back then that the unit, ran by ADHD Studios president Nick Weidenfeld, would be geared exclusively towards younger-skewing digital platforms like Hulu and focus on incubating shows for primetime. “We are insanely excited to partner with FXX and help them create a new block of programming for the network,” Weidenfeld said today.
Even after the official end of the ADHD block on June 28, Fox has continued airing a mix of encores of ADHD shows and the network’s primetime animated series in the Saturday late-night time period. FXX’s rights to Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers (or any other ADHD series) are not exclusive, so repeats of the new episodes that debut on FXX could pop up on Fox.
Going forward, FXX and Fox are expected to continue to share content from ADHD Studios, which is housed at Fox.
In addition to the sneak preview on January 1 after The Simpsons marathon, new episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers also will be showcased behind the Season 6 premiere of Archer on Jan. 8 on FX.
Here are descriptions of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers:
LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO.
Brooklyn-based comedians and identical twins Keith and Kenny Lucas get animated in the Lucas Bros. Moving Co. After inheriting their uncles van, the Brothers begin to run a moving company in their neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, populated by everyone from their best friend Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) to Jake the Snake Roberts, and their mom (Hannibal Buress). The brothers work only to pay their rent and drink beer at Jerrod’s bar, but nothing is easy for the Lucas Brothers. Even the simplest job of installing an air conditioner leads to an epic trek through a frozen tundra in the basement of their apartment building. Guest stars include Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City; Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson and Jillian Bell from Workaholics, Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street), Michael Che (Saturday Night Live), Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show), and musical artists Action Bronson, ?uestlove, Danny Brown, YG and Tyler the Creator.
Stone Quackers will shock, it will disturb, it will provoke. Executive produced by the acclaimed actor John C. Reilly and renowned artist/creator Ben Jones, the duck denizens of Cheeseburger Island endure hardships ranging from hurricanes, severed heads to dangerous hot dogs and the shame of being alive. The show is based on the upbringing of Whitmer Thomas and Clay Tatum (from the lauded live show PowerViolence) and their experience living in the remote and strange city of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thomas and Tatum, also co-executive produce, write and voice characters on the show. Actress/writer, Heather Lawless (The Heart, She Holler) also stars as John C. Reilly’s angelic yet deviant paramour. Guest stars include Pam Adlon (Louie, Californication), Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) and Budd Anthony Diaz (PowerViolence) with music from The Zombies, Lightning Bolt, and The Doobie Brothers. Thomas is repped by CAA and 3 Arts.