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Comedy Central orders animated pilot based on @DadBoner Twitter feed

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Comedy Central is beefing up its animation slate with a pilot order for an animated project based on the popular @DadBoner Twitter feed and the subsequent book it spawned, Power Moves: Livin’ The American Dream, USA Style.

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'Walking Dead' star to appear on 'Archer' for multi-episode arc -- EXCLUSIVE

The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY

Fox picks up animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane

Get ready for more Seth MacFarlane on Fox.

The network, which is already home to MacFarlane’s Family Guy and Dads, announced today it has picked up 13 episodes of a new animated comedy called Bordertown, which comes from MacFarlane and Family Guy producer Mark Hentemann. The show will center on two families living in a Southwest desert town on the  U.S.-Mexico border.

While no debut date is officially set, the show will likely land on Sundays as part of the Fox animation block that currently consists of The Simpsons, which was recently renewed, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad, which is moving to TBS in 2014.

The announcement comes one month after Fox pulled the plug on Murder Police, the midseason animated project starring Jane Lynch, before it aired a single episode.

'Bob's Burgers' renewed for season 5

Before the fourth season of Bob’s Burgers even premieres, fans have already been promised a season 5. Fox announced Thursday that it has ordered 22 more episodes of the animated series.

Bob’s Burgers is one of those rare finds that just continues to outdo itself, creatively,” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said in a press release announcing the news. “The show has become a key member of our Sunday Animation Domination family, and we’re looking forward to attracting new fans with another season.”

Bob’s Burgers returns Sunday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Seth Rogen's 'Bigfoot' animated pilot ordered by FX

Seth Rogen got his start on TV — as the droll funnyman on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared — and now he’s coming home with his new animated comedy series Bigfoot, with FX Networks ordering up the pilot today.

Rogen collaborated with longtime co-writer Evan Goldberg (Superbad), American Dad! voice actor and writer Matt McKenna, and illustrator/writer Graham Roumieu on the show, which is based on Roumieu’s Bigfoot graphic-novel “autobiographies.”

“This will be the greatest show about an animated Bigfoot ever made,” Rogen promised in a press release announcing the news.

'Legend of Korra': Aubrey Plaza, James Remar, Lisa Edelstein join cast for Book 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

The Legend of Korra has added several familiar names to its cast for Book 2: Aubrey Plaza, Lisa Edelstein and James Remar are among those voicing characters on upcoming episodes of Nickelodeon’s animated action-adventure series, EW has learned.
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'Clone Wars': The legacy of Ahsoka in the 'Star Wars' universe

In the end, Ahsoka Tano wasn’t the only one who walked away. The fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars reached its finale last weekend, and as many suspected, the episode turned out to be a swan song for the CG-animated series. Lucasfilm announced Monday that it would go “in a new direction” with its animation pursuits: “We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.”

What might that mean? On both the silver and small screen, the chronicles of the Jedi universe have been fixed on the life of Anakin Skywalker, but with the announced Episode VII film, newcomer Kathy Kennedy is turning the cinematic focus for the first time beyond the fiery funeral of Darth Vader. (That’s a sharp turn from the tack of the now-retiring George Lucas, who had in recent years stated that the most relevant stories in the Star Wars universe ended with the torching of Vader’s corpse on the forest moon of Endor.)

The costly postponement of the 3-D re-release of two prequel installments only underlines Kennedy’s resolve to get this new plotted course underway with all moviemaking engines pushing in the same direction. This week also brought word that Detours, the planned series that would spoof the Jedi universe, might turn out to be a dead end. Time will tell if Lucasfilm television animation will follow the feature film saga into the post-Vader years or if it will jump into another direction to give the theatrical flagship plenty of room to manuever.

But what of Clone Wars?

The final broadcast episode was an especially evocative one as Ahsoka Tano (the character created for the series and the namesake 2008 animated film) was wrongly accused of sedition and murder. Her ultimate fate had been a topic of fan speculation for months and now it seems to dovetail with the fate of series itself. We caught up with Dave Filoni, who directed the episode and had become the Lucasfilm face of the series as supervising director for all five seasons, to talk about the young Jedi trainee nicknamed Snips. READ FULL STORY

Doctor Who's David Tennant to guest on 'Clone Wars'

The Doctor is learning the ways of the Force. Actually, he’ll be teaching the ways of the Force to a group of Jedi younglings in Saturday’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. David Tennant will voice Huyang, an ancient droid who specializes in the construction of lightsabers. “When I heard the Doctor himself, David Tennant, was a fan of Star Wars I knew I had to find a way to get in contact with him to see if he would perform on Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” said Dave Filoni, the cartoon’s supervising director. “I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas.”

Click below for a preview of Tennant as Huyang, a much more competent C-3PO. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' makes bold election prediction with Wednesday's ep, titled 'Obama Wins!'

Who will lead the United States for the next four years? We won’t know for sure until tomorrow night — but according to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, President Obama should expect to achieve victory. Well, on South Park, anyway.

Comedy Central revealed today that the animated comedy’s next episode, which airs the day after the election, is titled “Obama Wins!” But don’t take this as a sign that Parker and Stone have gotten liberal in their old age. The pair has spent 16 seasons gleefully skewering targets from all over the political spectrum, resisting easy labels like “reactionary” or “progressive.” (This is how Stone summed up their political beliefs in 2001: “I hate conservatives but I really f—ing hate liberals.”)

South Park‘s 2008 election episode avoided political commentary altogether, mocking voters from both parties for overreacting to the contest’s results. The episode also posited that the election was actually an elaborate smokescreen built to conceal Obama and John McCain’s true goal: stealing the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian.

The bottom line: We should definitely take “Obama Wins!” with a grain of salt. Here’s a tantalizingly brief clip from the episode, which reveals how Eric Cartman may hold the key to the election’s outcome:

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'Bob's Burgers': H. Jon Benjamin and Loren Bouchard on show's location, Emmy nomination, and cilantro

Where does Bob’s Burgers take place? Who’s a better kid, Gene or Louise? (Sorry, Tina!) And does cilantro suck? Bob’s showrunner Loren Bouchard and star H. Jon Benjamin answer these questions, and more.

Bouchard on the show’s setting: “It’s a semi-Springfield. It can’t be San Francisco, which is what many people think. It has all that Victorian architecture from San Francisco because I was living there when we developed the show, but we set it firmly in the Northeast because of the way Linda sounds, and Teddy. There’s just so much East Coast in those voices, we just couldn’t take it out. It would’ve been too weird to have her doing that voice — you’d have to constantly be explaining that she’s a transplant or whatever. And because it’s this seaside, past-it’s-prime, dusty old town, we kind of felt like that puts it pretty close to those Coney Island, New York-New Jersey shore parts. I grew up in the New England area, and there were lots of beach towns like it, though we don’t want to be in New England party because Family Guy has Rhode Island sewn up. But basically I picture it somewhere in the outer boroughs or on the northern Jersey shore.” READ FULL STORY

Next 'Archer' season will include a 'Bob's Burgers' crossover episode -- EXCLUSIVE

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Fans of animated comedy have known H. Jon Benjamin’s gruff deadpan since the days of Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and, later, Adult Swim’s Home Movies. Lately, he’s been voicing the title characters to two of TV’s funniest cartoons, FX’s Archer and Fox’s Emmy-nominated Bob’s Burgers — and, soon enough, fans will get to watch him do both at once.

In an interview with EW, Benjamin revealed that the Archer team has produced a crossover episode in which he’ll play both ISIS agent Sterling Archer and grillmaster Bob Belcher. The episode’s already been recorded, he says, and will air during Archer‘s next season (FX has yet to announce a premiere date).

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“[Archer creator Adam Reed] really likes Bob’s Burgers,” Benjamin says. “And the fourth season has a Bob’s Burgers tie-in, which is really bizarre.”

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'Family Guy': Ryan Reynolds to cameo as the original son of God -- EXCLUSIVE

Many people consider Ryan Reynolds to be God’s gift to man, but this season on Family Guy, he’ll be playing a literal version of that — with a twist. For a cameo role in the animated comedy’s Christmas episode, he will lend his voice to someone who might be described as a precursor to Jesus. Or as Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann explains: “He’s God’s previous attempt at an immaculate conception — his first son that didn’t quite work out.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': First look of Darth Maul in Season 5 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In March’s season finale, Star Wars: The Clone Wars served up a canon-rewriting revelation: Darth Maul was alive, if not particularly well. Okay, he was a raving lunatic, having been driven mad over losing his legs to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber on Naboo. In place of those severed limbs, his Dark Side rage had sprouted spider legs from his torso. If you watched last season, you know it was one of the creepier things we’ve ever seen in the franchise.

Well, you can’t keep a bad Sith down, it seems. After being rescued by his brother, Savage Opress, Maul regained his wits and a fancy new pair of metallic legs thanks to Mother Talzin’s Nightsister magic. Just like that, he was back in fighting form and even ready for a rematch with Obi-Wan. Guess what? Maul won. Or at least forced the Jedi Master to retreat. When we last saw the tattooed Sith, he vowed not to chase after Kenobi but, rather, make such a ruckus in the galaxy that the Jedi would be forced to come to him…on his own turf.

Now EW’s got your first look at Maul and Savage slashing their way through season 5. Check out this exclusive video, which just played at The Clone Wars‘ Comic-Con panel but is making its online debut right here, after the break: READ FULL STORY

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