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FXX Bails On Female-Fronted Cartoon While FX Doubles Down On Dude-Driven Ones

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 5, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 5, 2016 |

Who needs Lake Bell and Kaitlin Olson when you’ve got Seth Rogen and Louis C.K.?

Last spring when we heard about FXX’s proposed new animated series for deranged adults, Cassius and Clay, we called it “so exciting it almost feels like a prank.” Lake Bell and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson were to lend their voices to the titular troublemakers who make a mess of a post-apocalyptic south with much drinking and violence, much like creator Adam Reed’s beloved FX series Archer.

But we’re never going to see this show. FXX has cancelled it ahead of its promised 2016 debut.


THR reports FXX liked Cassius and Clay’s pilot enough to order a 10-episode arc. But Deadline reveals production only got past the pilot episode before the network unexpectedly pulled the plug. So what happened? Well, both sites slyly note FX’s other recent in-the-works animated offerings, suggesting these may have pulled focus from the female-fronted cartoon series.

Last August, parent station FX put in a pilot order for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s animated comedy series Bigfoot which will reportedly follow “everyone’s favorite crypto-zoological hominid as a modern-day everyman who struggles with life’s philosophical quandaries as well as his own animalistic tendencies.” And just yesterday—ahead of news of Cassius and Clay’s pre-emptive cancellation—FX announced a cartoon series created and voiced by Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks, which is currently untitled.

Regardless of the why we’re losing it, we’re wrecked over this news as Cassius and Clay promised to be as deliciously bonkers as Archer and Frisky Dingo. But what does this mean for this lost series? Can Reed sell it elsewhere since FXX got cold feet? We’ll report more as soon as there’s more to report.

Kristy Puchko predicts that Louie C.K.’s new show will be like his last two, in that she’ll pretend to like it just so people don’t feel the need to explain to her at length why it’s funny.

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.