Thursday, November 15, 2018

Syfy Gives Series Order to Late-Night Animated Comedy 'Alien News Desk'

Syfy has today given a series order to the original animated comedy series Alien News Desk, a new weekly late-night series. The first season will include 12 episodes and debut in early 2019.

Saturday Night Live's Will Forte and Heidi Gardner will voice the two main, extraterrestrial news anchors Drexx Drudlarr and Tuva Van Void. They will provide topical commentary on the universe's most baffling species: humans.

Dennis McNicholas created the comedy and will serve as showrunner. He will executive produce with Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Erik Kenward, Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg. Broadway Video and Bento Box Entertainment will produce.

"The expansion into original animation and late night marks the next step in the evolution of Syfy and builds on the successes we've had bringing new, younger viewers to the network," said Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Tackling news, politics and entertainment from the perspective of alien newscasters completely puzzled by our human ways, Alien News Desk is a fun, irreverent way to put a uniquely Syfy spin on the late-night current affairs genre."