“Animal Control” has been picked up for a second season by FOX
The new FOX sitcom:Animal control,” will return for more in Season 2. FOX Entertainment confirmed the news on Wednesday (May 10), FOX Entertainment President of Scripted Programming Michael Thorn made the announcement. The workplace comedy starring Joel McHale (“Community”) is the first live-action comedy entirely owned by FOX Entertainment.
The Comedy Club FOX branch also published the announcement on the following social media sites:
this is NOT a joke – the 2️⃣ season is coming! pic.twitter.com/C5qsjkHuiA
— Comedy Club FOX (@ComedyClubFOX) May 10, 2023
“Animal Control” starring Joel McHale is getting Season 2 on FOX
The show debuted as the network’s highest-rated scripted debut ever and the most-watched comedy series of the season so far, according to a press release from FOX Entertainment.
Thorn commented on the news in a press release: “We’re thrilled that our viewers have responded to Animal Control as much as we have.” He continued, “The incredibly talented cast led by Joel McHale, along with our creative team of Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, Dan Sterling and Tad Quill – not to mention a menagerie of beastly method actors – have created a hilarious series. which is sharp, witty and warm week after week.”
The series follows a group of animal advocates in the Seattle area. While animals’ lives may be simple, theirs is more complicated. McHale headlines the show as Frank, a jaded and self-conscious animal control officer. Frank is a former police officer who was disgraced for trying to expose corruption in his department, which made him very cynical and sullen. However, he has an affinity for understanding animals, but finds it difficult to connect with humans.
At the beginning of the season, Frank is paired with the optimistic and friendly Fred “Shred” Taylor (Michael Rowland), a former X Games snowboarder who has changed careers after suffering a career-ending injury. Unfortunately, Shred’s chipper and friendly nature annoys Frank and makes his style cringe. Much to Frank’s chagrin, Shred keeps trying to bond with him as his partner.
His cast #AnimalControlFOX I laughed the whole season! 😂 pic.twitter.com/bU9tO8zYfF
— FOX (@FOXTV) May 4, 2023
Creators of the series: Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”, “The Moodys”), Rob Greenberg (“Frasier”, “How I Met Your Mother”) and Dan Sterling (“The Interview”, “Girls”, “The” Office ”, “King of the Hill”). Fisher, Greenberg and Sterling also serve as executive producers with Tad Quill and McHale. Starring Vella Lovell as Emily Price, Ravi Patel as Amit Patel, Grace Palmer as Victoria Sands.
FOX increased the series’ popularity across streaming platforms, with the series averaging 4.7 million multi-platform viewers, a +236% increase over live and same-day viewership. In years past, that might not have been enough to save a show from the ax, but now it seems like networks and companies are willing to look at streaming metrics when it comes to bringing a show back.
The show’s first season finale aired last week, with Frank and his department mourning the death of C-38, a wild mountain lion that Frank had previously risked his job to protect. Shred also broke up with his long-distance girlfriend because he had feelings for Emily, the headmistress. However, Shred missed the window as Emily started dating Rick Doyle, her immediate predecessor, at the end of the season.
As previously reported by The Blast, McHale is also an original cast member from “Community” who has confirmed that he will be returning to the film for Peacock. The film was announced last year but has no official release date yet.
“Animal Control” currently airs Thursday nights on FOX. The first season is now available to stream on Hulu and FOX website.