HBO announced today that the pay-cable channel is moving forward with a third season of the animated adult series “Animals.” The show is created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano.
The series is currently in season two, with the season finale scheduled to premiere tonight.
Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, announced the pickup. The show comes from Duplass Brothers Productions, with Matarese and Luciano executive producing, writing and directing all the episodes along with voicing many of the characters on the show.
“Animals.” focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own,” HBO says in its announcement.
The first two seasons have been noteworthy for their guest lineups, including A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Jessica Chastain, Danny McBride, Mark Duplass, Demetri Martin, Jay Duplass, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Tom Lennon, Jason Mantzoukas, Mitch Hurwitz, Jonah Hill, Emilia Clarke, Jason Alexander, Ice-T, Michael Rapaport, Harmony Korine, Katie Aselton, Lauren Lapkus, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally, Gil Ozeri, Mary Holland, Erin Whitehead, Jon Lovitz, Ty Segall, Tim Heidecker, Jon Daly, Andy Dick, RuPaul Charles, John Early, Dan Harmon, Dino Stamatopoulos, Josh Fadem, Judy Greer, Michael Pitt, Vincent Pastore, Fred Armisen, Jim Rash, Tony Hale, Rachael Ray, Whoopi Goldberg, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Usher, Kesha, Neil Casey, Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Steve Zissis, Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Aukerman, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Ellie Kemper, Kumail Nanjiani, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Horatio Sanz, Cobie Smulders, Wanda Sykes, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Melanie Lynskey and Thomas Middleditch.
HBO noted that Vulture has called the series “one of the funniest, most idiosyncratic shows on television,” noting that the show “always fills a viewer with glee,” while Decider described “Animals.” as an “offbeat hidden gem” and “bitingly funny.”