Fox’s NFL pregame protection will embrace two new animated shorts from Denis Leary.
Fox Entertainment introduced on Friday that it’s going to premiere two animated shorts primarily based on the Icebox collection “Poker Night,” impressed by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s iconic 1900s artwork collection, “Dogs Playing Poker.” Per Fox, “Dogs Playing Poker” facilities on 5 canine pals — Brownie (Leary), Daphne (Elaine Hendrix, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”), Ditka (Roy Wood, Jr., “The Daily Show”), Froyo (Bobby Kelly, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”), and Stan (Adam Ferrara, “Rescue Me”) — as they banter about soccer and different well timed sports activities subjects.
The “Dogs Playing Poker” shorts are created by, co-written and government produced by Emmy-winning author/producer Jim Margolis (“Veep,” “The Daily Show”) and produced by Fox’s animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment. Leary co-wrote, executive-produced, and voiced the lead character in every brief.
“At long last Fox lets America find out what we dogs think about football. Spoiler alert: we’re very upset there isn’t a single NFL team named after a canine,” Leary mentioned in an announcement. “Cats, horses, birds — even dolphins — all have their own teams. Not one dog! Throw us a bone, guys. Literally and figuratively.”
The first “Dogs Playing Poker” brief will air on Saturday, Jan. 9, throughout Fox NFL Pregame at 4 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NFC Wild Card match between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET. The second “Dogs Playing Poker” brief will debut on Sunday, Jan. 17, when Fox NFL playoff protection continues.
“If only Fox thought of spawning a new animated series from vignettes like this 30 plus years ago…imagine the possibilities,” Michael Thorn, president of leisure at Fox, mentioned in an announcement. “By pairing ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ and Fox NFL, we have a unique opportunity to incubate content from top-tier talent in Denis, Jim, Jack, Rob and Howard, and introduce new characters of what might become the next building block of our iconic animation brand in a smart and strategic way.”
“Dogs Playing Poker” is a part of Leary’s current broadcast-direct cope with Fox to create, develop, and produce comedy, drama, and animated content material for the community. Jack Leary (“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”), Rob Greenberg (“The Moodys,” “Frasier”), and Howard Gordon (“24,” “Homeland”) can even executive-produce.