Can animation dominate Sundays on Fox again?
The network is banking on its newest acquisition, "Murder Police," to do just that. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the animated comedy from "Family Guy" writer David A. Goodman and his writing partner Jason Ruiz for its 2013-2014 season.
"David and Jason came to us with a really fresh take on law enforcement that we've never seen before," said FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly in announcing the pickup. "With 'Murder Police,' these guys are taking a staple genre of television -- the cop show -- and turning it on its head by pushing the warped comedic boundaries that only animation can offer. It's the kind of show our Animation Domination fans will absolutely love, and I can't wait to introduce it next season."
“It’s about bumbling homicide detectives who are trying to do their jobs but are just not very good at it. It’s like if Scooby Doo was solving murders,” Ruiz said. Manuel Sanchez, the character voiced by Ruiz, is reportedly a bumbling Inspector Clouseau-esque character, eager to fight crime but completely inept in doing so.
Other actors lending their voice talents to the series include Horatio Sanz, Chi McBride, Will Sasso, and Penny Marshall.
Could "Murder Police" be the next "Simpsons"... or is it more likely to be the next "Napoleon Dynamite"?