Fox has unveiled a few newsworthy items during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, including the announcement of a new series by M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines, which the network says should be evocative of Twin Peaks (how many times have we heard that before?) Additionally, a new series called Blood Brothers is also on the slate, focusing on a true story of the West Point Class of 1861.
A few more points of interest:
- The networks’ veteran procedural Bones has been renewed for its ninth (ninth!) season.
- Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) is set to to guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project as Mindy’s “first kiss” (The show returns February 19th at 9:30pm)
- Fox is unveiling “Animation Domination High-Def,” a new bloc for “alternative” comedy (translation: more super short-form, Adult Swim kinda stuff)
This is what Kickstarter is meant for. Community creator Dan Harmon encountered trouble working within the system, so he has turned to the public to fund a very exciting new project, Anomalisa. Charlie Kaufman scripted the stop-motion animated film about a motivational speaker who travels the country, but his life has become meaningless: “Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of ‘aliveness’, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.”
As if Harmon and Kaufman weren’t enough, Dino Stamatopoulos is also producing. You may know him best as Starburns on Community, but Stamatopoulos is also the authority on iconoclastic stop-motion animation. He helped Harmon write the Community stop-motion Christmas special and created Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, two gems in the Adult Swim catalog. Duke Johnson of Starburns Industries will direct and executive produce alongside Harmon and Stamatopolous. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and a pitch trailer.