This month, Claudia is out riding the long trail home to Florida where she grew up. Until she settles down in her new paddock, new columns from her are temporarily out to pasture. In the meantime, enjoy these timely highlights from past stories.
This Sunday, we look back at the announcement of the Bojack Horseman series upon the premier of all episodes on Netflix this Friday.
Netflix announced a new original animated series about the “darkly hilarious” (according to a Netflix press release) story of a TV horse called Bojack Horseman.
According to this article in Rolling Stone, “Nothing says “comedy gold” like a washed-up, humanoid horse actor with a drinking problem. That’s the premise behind BoJack Horseman, a new animated series that features Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris and is set to premiere on Netflix in mid-2014.”
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Back to the Netflix press release as shared by Brendan Connelly of Bleeding Cool:
Legendary star of the 1990’s family favorite situation comedy Horsin’ Around, Bojack (Will Arnett) has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, with the help of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed to again make his mark on the world of entertainment.
“BoJack Horseman is a brutally funny and unique take on what can happen after pop stardom,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Raphael has created an amazing set of characters voiced by some of the best comics and actors in the world. We’re delighted to be partnering with Michael Eisner in delivering BoJack exclusively to Netflix members around the world.”
“We are thrilled to bring BoJack Horseman’s singular humor to Netflix, one of the most distinctive and exciting distribution networks in entertainment today,” said Michael Eisner. “We are especially proud to be producing Netlix’s first original adult animation series.”
BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, is being produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company. and features Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Despicable Me), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy). The series is Executive Produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright. Arnett and Paul are also executive producers. BoJack was designed by graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt and will be animated by LA-based Shadow Machine.
Variety chips in with better quotes:
“Even though he’s been out to pasture, I’ve always admired BoJack for his inimitable style and can-do attitude,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s getting off his legendary haunches to join the Internet TV revolution here on Netflix.”
“As a studio executive involved in successful sitcoms like ‘Happy Days,’ ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Cheers,’ I always regretted BoJack wasn’t on my team,” Michael Eisner said in a statement. “But now, with Tornante in the saddle, BoJack is exactly where he belongs, in full creative control, and on Netflix.”
We’ll have to wait and see but here at Counter-Canter Culture we agree that the premise has the right conformation for “darkly hilarious.”