FOX Entertainment and social broadcasting platform Caffeine are partnering on a new, live and interactive program, the Anidom Beyond Show, dedicated to FOX’s Sunday evening Animation Domination adult comedy block. Premiering Sunday, April 19 on Caffeine at caf.tv/AnimationOnFox, the hour-long show is being hosted by Emmy Award nominee Andy Richter; five Sunday night episodes are currently planned, running through the end of the broadcast season. The show will feature episode re-caps and interviews with guests, including creators, producers, writers and casts of FOX’s animated series The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Bless the Harts and Duncanville; real-time interaction between fans, Richter and his guests are also planned via Caffeine’s user interface platform.
The Anidom Beyond Show will be co-produced remotely by Caffeine Studios and FOX Entertainment, with Caffeine overseeing physical production of the series. It will be exclusively available on Caffeine for 24 hours, after which it will be posted on FOX NOW and FOX.com.
“I love animation, and I love working in animation doing cartoon voices. And now with this recap show, I plan to become the Barbara Walters of animation interview shows,” said Richter.
“We’re excited to join forces with Caffeine on this new series,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, FOX Entertainment. “Animation Domination enjoys one of television’s most loyal followings, with its cultural influence reaching far beyond the linear world and deep into the digital universe. With Andy at the helm, the Anidom Beyond Show will even further extend our brand’s legacy by introducing it to a new legion of fans in a fun and innovative way.”
“Fans of Animation Domination are incredibly engaged with every aspect of each show and Caffeine gives them a way to engage in a new, interactive format,” said Ben Keighran, Caffeine’s founder and CEO. “On the Anidom Beyond Show, fans can hang out with their friends, learn about behind the scenes details, and ask Andy and his guests the questions that they’ve always wanted to ask but had never been able to.”
Richter rose to fame in 1993 as Conan O’Brien’s sidekick and announcer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, returning to that role in 2009 on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and again in 2010 when O’Brien left NBC and moved to TBS with his new show, Conan. Richter starred in the Emmy-nominated FOX series, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and Andy Barker, P.I. for NBC. His voice work includes Mort in DreamWorks Studios’ Madagascar films, as well as the Nickelodeon series, Penguins of Madagascar and All Hail King Julien.
Source: FOX Entertainment
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.