Netflix original programming is about to get darker, animated, and well, more equine. Slated for a mid -2014 release is ‘BoJack Horseman,’ a story about a washed-up former television star (and horse) navigating through a struggling career, a series of failed relationships, and of course, whiskey.
Produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, the animated series will star Will Arnett as the voice of BoJack, Aaron Paul, of ‘Breaking Bad,’ as his human friend Todd, and Amy Sedaris as his feline agent and ex-lover Princess Caroline.
In the press release, Netflix announced the deal by declaring “BoJack is back” on the small screen, as he is the former star of the family sitcom ‘Horsin’ Around,’ a show that never actually existed.
Keeping with true-Netflix fashion, all 12 episodes of the first season will be released all at once, for your viewing or binging pleasure.
This is a decidedly different foray for Netflix, a company that seems not only willing but eager to take chances and let creative minds do as they wish. ‘BoJack Horseman’ joins some notable yet varied Netflix originals, such as Jenji Kohan’s women’s prison drama ‘Orange is the New Black,’ the Eli Roth-produced supernatural tale ‘Hemlock Grove,’ and the political thriller ‘House of Cards.’
Like ‘Cards,’ which was the first Netflix original, ‘BoJack’ is getting some impressive backing, further legitimizing the endeavor. With some very funny minds working on the show, and the powerful and successful Eisner leading the way, ‘Bojack’ may be odd, but it will be hard to ignore.