With the ink barely dry on its massive $900 million deal with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, MTV Entertainment Studios has just announced two new projects slated to air this fall on Comedy Central that build on the network’s long legacy of political satire.
The first, Fairview, is a weekly, hyper-topical, half-hour, eight-episode series; the second, Washingtonia, is an animated feature. Both are being produced by CBS Studios in partnership with the team behind Paramount+’s Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News, recently Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama Or Variety Series, and Showtime’s Our Cartoon President.
“I am so excited to participate in this press release, but I should mention that my deal for Fairview and Washingtonia is not yet closed,” said Colbert. “The main sticking point is money. I want more and they don’t want me to have more. I look forward to airing these projects as soon as this issue is resolved.”
“As we continue to double down on adult animation, we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Fairview and Washingtonia to Comedy Central in partnership with Stephen and our friends at CBS Studios,” said Nina Diaz, President of Content & CCO, MTVE and Chief Creative Officer Unscripted & Animation, Paramount+. “These two irreverent satires fit squarely into the Comedy Central brand – hilarious, sophisticated, and, of course, with politics at the center of it all.”
Comedy Central describes the shows as follows:
- Fairview – a weekly, hyper-topical, half-hour adult animated series about how national politics causes wild small-town drama in the Natty Light-chugging, grocery store parking lot-fighting, public urinating town of Fairview through the lens of its sloppy party girl turned pragmatic mayor Kelly Sampson. The show is created and executive produced by RJ Fried with Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tim Luecke, Kim Gamble, Mike Leech and Zach Smilovitz as executive producers. Grant Gish is the Executive Producer with Co-Executive Producer Sachi Ezura and Supervising Producer Michael Stanger for MTV Entertainment Group.
- Washingtonia – an animated feature about a rising political star and his deeply incompetent staff navigating the way deeper incompetence of Washington. Created and executive produced by Fried with Colbert, Licht, Leech, Luecke and Smilovitz as executive producers. Gish is the Executive Producer with Co-Executive Producer Ezura and Supervising Producer Stanger for MTV Entertainment Group.
Upcoming animation from MTV Entertainment also includes the highly anticipated Untitled Beavis & Butt-head Movie from Emmy Award-winning Mike Judge, who reimagines MTV’s seminal, Gen X-defining Beavis and Butt-Head, who return for another movie adventure to be released on Paramount+ to kick-off the new series on Comedy Central.
Fairview and Washingtonia add to CBS Studios’ growing slate of animated series including the just premiered The Harper House, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Prodigy and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News.
Source: Comedy Central
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.