Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Big Hairy Spider

The entertainment press tells us:

TBS has given series orders to two comedies: The Guest Book, an anthology from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia, and the animated Tarantula, from Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green’s Rough House. Both are slated for a 2017 debut. ...

Created and written by Carson Mell (Silicon Valley), Tarantula — the first primetime animated series pickup since TBS’ rebrand — revolves around the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (aka “The Tarantula”). It centers on Echo Johnson, a respected but uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Echo’s poetic ramblings spin tales of misadventures with the other residents, as they partake in party crashing, dumpster diving and other socially dubious acts of mischief.

TBS has ordered an open-ended run for Tarantula, a co-production of Rough House Pictures and Studio T. Danny McBride, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Brandon James serve as executive producers. The network has had great success with recent animated import American Dad. ...

Mr. McBride and Mr. Hill, of course, have East Bound and Down (live action, natch) under their belts, and the new half-hour Vice Principals, which debuted on HBO this month. A few years back they created the cartoon Chozen, so they work both side of the entertainment divide. And bully for them.

Add On: Tarantula is now in the scripting stage, with pre-production being done by Rough Draft in Glendale. The show will be staffing up in the months ahead.


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