“BoJack Horseman” is headed to cable.
Comedy Central announced Thursday that it has acquired the exclusive linear television rights to all episodes of Netflix’s foul-mouthed animated comedy, starring Will Arnett as voice of the title character.
And the Viacom-owned cable network found a very appropriate companion show. “BoJack” will make its cable TV debut on Sept. 26, airing behind another, foul-mouthed animated comedy in “South Park,” which will debut its 22nd season.
“‘BoJack Horseman’ has been a groundbreaking show, defining the best in adult animated comedy just as ‘South Park’ was before it,” said Michael Eisner, founder of The Tornante Company, which produces the show for Netflix. “It is very fitting that the two shows will air back-to-back on Comedy Central.”
The cable debut for “BoJack” will come 12 days after Netflix premieres the fifth season of the showbiz comedy. Comedy Central says the deal is for “all current seasons.” This includes the fifth season, though it will be sometime before those episodes show up on Comedy Central, since the network is airing them chronologically.
“Comedy Central has a long history of using potent satire to help make sense of trying times, so ‘BoJack Horseman’ is a perfect fit in our lineup,” said Comedy Central general manager Tanya Giles. “We’re thrilled to be the first to put ‘BoJack’ on linear TV, and who better than an animated horse to teach us a thing or two about humanity? Straight from the horse’s mouth.”
Select episodes will be available to stream on cc.com and the CC App. The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury and Viacom Program Acquisitions Group.
Comedy Central cut a brief, cable TV safe trailer for “BoJack Horesman,” which you watch above.