Fox has given a straight-to-series order to a new adult animated comedy from Rick & Morty creator Dan Harmon.
The order comes as the first series under Harmon’s broadcast network-only excusive animation deal with Fox. As part of the arrangement, Fox Entertainment will fully finance and own the series, with Fox-owned studio Bento Box Entertainment providing the animation.
The series, which is expected to debut next year, is set in a mythical version of Ancient Greece in which a family of humans, gods and monsters attempt to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other.
“Leave it to Dan Harmon to turn the mythos of early Greek civilization into remarkably sharp commentary on today’s politics, celebrity and pop culture,” commented Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment.
“This project is an incredibly irreverent family comedy as told by one of the town’s most inventive storytellers. We are proud to be partnered with Dan on this series, which strengthens our hold on the animation space and, as we continue to build Fox Entertainment, marks an important first step for us with our first fully-owned scripted property.”
Harmon’s Adult Swim animated comedy Rick & Morty recently aired its fourth season, while he previously created live-action NBC comedy Community, which ran for six seasons from 2009 to 2014.