Fox’s NFL pregame protection will embrace two new animated shorts from Denis Leary.
Fox Leisure introduced on Friday that it’s going to premiere two animated shorts based mostly on the Icebox sequence “Poker Night time,” impressed by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s iconic 1900s artwork sequence, “Canine Taking part in Poker.” Per Fox, “Canine Taking part in Poker” facilities on 5 canine associates — Brownie (Leary), Daphne (Elaine Hendrix, “Intercourse & Medication & Rock & Roll”), Ditka (Roy Wooden, Jr., “The Day by day Present”), Froyo (Bobby Kelly, “Intercourse & Medication & Rock & Roll”), and Stan (Adam Ferrara, “Rescue Me”) — as they banter about soccer and different well timed sports activities matters.
The “Canine Taking part in Poker” shorts are created by, co-written and government produced by Emmy-winning author/producer Jim Margolis (“Veep,” “The Day by day Present”) and produced by Fox’s animation studio, Bento Field Leisure. Leary co-wrote, executive-produced, and voiced the lead character in every brief.
“In the end Fox lets America discover out what we canine take into consideration soccer. Spoiler alert: we’re very upset there isn’t a single NFL crew named after a canine,” Leary stated in an announcement. “Cats, horses, birds — even dolphins — all have their very own groups. Not one canine! Throw us a bone, guys. Actually and figuratively.”
The primary “Canine Taking part in Poker” brief will air on Saturday, Jan. 9, throughout Fox NFL Pregame at 4 p.m. ET. Protection of the NFC Wild Card match between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET. The second “Canine Taking part in Poker” brief will debut on Sunday, Jan. 17, when Fox NFL playoff protection continues.
“If solely Fox considered spawning a brand new animated sequence from vignettes like this 30 plus years in the past…think about the probabilities,” Michael Thorn, president of leisure at Fox, stated in an announcement. “By pairing ‘Canine Taking part in Poker’ and Fox NFL, we now have a novel alternative to incubate content material from top-tier expertise in Denis, Jim, Jack, Rob and Howard, and introduce new characters of what would possibly change into the subsequent constructing block of our iconic animation model in a sensible and strategic manner.”
“Canine Taking part in Poker” is a part of Leary’s latest broadcast-direct take care of Fox to create, develop, and produce comedy, drama, and animated content material for the community. Jack Leary (“Intercourse & Medication & Rock & Roll”), Rob Greenberg (“The Moodys,” “Frasier”), and Howard Gordon (“24,” “Homeland”) may even executive-produce.