Patton Oswalt has done a BUNCH of voice over work in his illustrious career having done various Adult Swim shows(guest spots on Venture Bros, Squidbillies, Aqua Teen) , Neighbors From Hell, American Dad, and as recently as last summer, lent his voice to the season finale of Futurama. So, it’s no surprise that Patton Oswalt would one day want to do an animated series of his own, and together with Mike Barker, it looks as thought FOX is willing to oblige with his new project, Working Class Hero. After the jump, get the low down on Pat’s new project, and how it may fit in to the Animation Domination lineup.
FOX had a hell of a 2011 with its animated endeavors, everything including new pitches coming from the likes of Jack Black, Ryan Reynolds, and Alex Borstein, to the Saturday Night animation block set to premier sometime in the near future, and of course Mr. Seth MacFarlane getting ready to drop The Flintstones in 2013. But, it wasn’t all fun in games, as they tried a new animated series called Allen Gregory which suffered both critically, and in the ratings despite the fact that it was helmed by the Academy Award nominated Jonah Hill.
Fast forward to now, Deadline.com announces a new animated series starring the Grammy nominated Patton Oswalt, called Working Class Hero which is being put together by a bunch of guys from the American Dad crew including staff writer Jordan Blum, animator Brent Woods, and co-creator/exec producer Mike Barker.
According to the article, Working Class Hero “ is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on a dad (Oswalt) whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and his demanding family.” Sounds pretty cool, right? I think it’d be great and if you guys don’t know Patton Oswalt’s comedy, check out his CD Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour which might be one of the funnies comedy albums ever, and he was also in the critically acclaimed film Young Adult.
Now, its only in “presentation” mode right now, which means FOX wants the creators to put together a sort of pilot, so that they can show it to a room full of people, where they sit and watch it and if they like it they order scripts. And from the sounds of it, American Dad will be a hand drawn show(similar to Family Guy) so even if they started production tomorrow it could be 10 months til we see any episodes, but one has to wonder how his show will fit. As the article mentions, Bob’s Burgers comes back March 11th and yes the ratings for Napoleon Dynamite are somewhat inconsistent but from what we hear FOX has ordered 7 more scripts and the show I believe is as good now as its ever been.
Next fall, it will be interesting to see what the Animation Domination lineup looks like as right now we just got the four horsemen (The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad) which leaves that 7:30pm EST spot wide open which right now is being manned by The Cleveland Show but the second we hear anything you guys will be the first to know.