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Variety has learned that “Animal Control,” a new Fox comedy show, has cast Joel McHale in one of the main roles.
Fox ordered a full season of the single-camera show right away in July. The official logline says that the show “will follow a group of local animal control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple but people are not.”
McHale will play Frank, who is described as “an opinionated, oddball animal control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the best-read person in the room.”
Frank used to work as a cop. He tried to expose corruption in his department, but that got him fired. That may be why he is so cynical and grumpy. He understands animals so well that it’s almost like he’s not human. “Not so much with people.”
McHale is back in the lead role of a broadcast TV show. He is best known for being the main character on the NBC comedy show “Community.” The show had five seasons on NBC and one season on Yahoo Screen, which doesn’t exist anymore. The cast will get back together for a sequel movie at Peacock, which was just announced.
McHale is also known for hosting the E! show “The Soup” and for appearing in movies like “Spider-Man 2,” “Ted,” “The Happytime Murders,” and “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.” He is also in the DC show “Stargirl,” which airs on The CW.
Both UTA and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP represent him. “Animal Control” will be the first live-action comedy that Fox owns by itself. They were written by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, and Dan Sterling, who are also the executive producers of the show. Tad Quill was also in charge of making movies.
McHale will also be in the movie and will be in charge of making it. The movies will be made by Fox Entertainment Studios. McHale will go to MIPCOM Cannes, where the show will be shown to international buyers, to show his support for it.
Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, said, “Dan, Rob, Tad, and Bob had always pictured Joel as the main character in ‘Animal Control,’ and we are all thrilled to have him on board.”
“Joel is the best person to bring Frank to life because he has a great sense of humor and can see everything through a comedic lens.”
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