Despite — or perhaps because of — a robust cartoon slate that includes "The Simpsons," "American Dad" and "Family Guy," Fox apparently feels that it's just not animated enough.
The network has given a 13-episode order to a new animated series, "Murder Police," from "Family Guy" executive producer David Goodman (pictured) and Jason Ruiz, Fox said Tuesday.
The series, which will be produced by Bento Box Animation ("Bob's Burgers," "Brickleberry") via 20th Century Fox Television, centers around a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues — some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy — in a twisted city precinct. Goodman and Ruiz created and wrote the series, with Goodman as executive producer and Ruiz as co-executive producer.
In addition to "Family Guy," Goodman executive-produced Fox's short-lived animated series "Allen Gregory," which failed to receive a pickup after airing a handful of episodes last year.
Ruiz is one of the writers discovered through the network's Fox Inkubation program. He will also voice the program, along with "MADtv" alum Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Horatio Sanz of "Saturday Night Live," and other voice actors.
“David and Jason came to us with a really fresh take on law enforcement that we’ve never seen before,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “With 'Murder Police,' these guys are taking a staple genre of television — the cop show — and turning it on its head by pushing the warped comedic boundaries that only animation can offer. It’s the kind of show our Animation Domination fans will absolutely love, and I can’t wait to introduce it next season.”
"Murder Police" will premiere during the 2013-2014 season.