HBO has placed a two-season order for a new animated series. Variety reports that the pay cable channel picked up “Animals” from sibling producers Mark and Jay Duplass.
“The first two episodes screened this year at Sundance, generating buzz that led to the HBO pickup, Variety notes. “HBO has acquired worldwide rights to the first batch of episodes produced and has ordered a second season. The half-hour series is targeted for a 2016 debut.”
The Duplass brothers are executive producing through their Duplass Brothers Television banner.
“The brothers are already in business with HBO on the domestic comedy ‘Togetherness,’ which wrapped its first season in March and is set to return next year,” the report notes.
Variety adds: “’Animals’ was created by New York-based advertising creatives Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano as a series of animated shorts revolving around downtrodden creatures — pigeons, rats, bedbugs, etc. — living in New York City.”