“Bless the Harts” has been renewed for Season 2 at Fox, the network said on Friday.
Created by Emily Spivey (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live”), the animated comedy centered on a Southern family “that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet” features a voice cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani.
Here’s the official description for the show, which joined “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy” in Fox’s Sunday night “Animation Domination” lineup last month.
In the series, Jenny Hart (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids,” “Saturday Night Live”) is a single mother supporting her family working as a waitress in the small town of Greenpoint, NC. While Jenny’s the head of her family, she’s often at odds with, or scheming with, her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty (Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place,” “Bridesmaids”), and her witty, creative daughter, Violet (Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell, “Workaholics,” “Fist Fight”). Jenny’s doting, eternal optimist boyfriend of 10 years, Wayne Edwards (Ike Barinholtz, “Neighbors,” “Blockers”), is the love of her life and a surrogate father to Violet. He’s a charming dreamer who may never hit the big time, but he’s not going to give up the fight. Jenny’s even got a bit of divine power in her corner, as Jesus (Academy Award nominee Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick,” “Silicon Valley”) regularly appears to her while she waits tables at neighborhood restaurant The Last Supper. In the end, the Harts may not have much, but they may just have everything they need.
“Bless the Harts” is averaging a 1.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 2.7 million total viewers, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.
Spivey created the series and executive produces alongside Phil Lord (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie”), Christopher Miller (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie”), Wiig, Seth Cohen (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Drunk History”) and Andy Bobrow. Spivey and Bobrow serve together as showrunners.
The comedy is a co-production of FOX Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television. Animation is produced by Titmouse.
“‘Bless the Harts’ is an incredibly sharp, yet sweet, series that complements the FOX Animation Domination block perfectly,” Michael Thorn, president of Entertainment at FOX Entertainment, said. “It simply doesn’t get much better than having a comedy anchored by talent like Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Jillian Bell and Kumail Nanjiani. We want to thank creator and executive producer Emily Spivey, whose unique voice and personal experience brought this family to life, as well as executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and our partners at 20th Century Fox Television. We are thrilled to watch the Hart family experience more adventures, mishaps and boxed wine for another amazing season.”
“Bless the Harts” airs Sundays at 8:30/7:30c on Fox. The show’s Halloween episode, “Cremains of the Day” airs this Sunday.