Fox’s “Bloom County” animated series has signed “The Simpsons” writer Tim Long as the project’s co-showrunner, Variety confirmed.
Long will write, executive produce and pitch the comedy, which is still in development at Fox, alongside original “Bloom County” comic book creator Berkeley Breathed.
According to Fox, “Bloom County” centers on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat and an overly carbonated immigrant penguin living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place, deep in the Dandelion Wilderness. from [email protected]%!#OVER country. Namely, America today at a glance.
The anime series hails from Fox Entertainment and its animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, as well as Miramax, Spyglass Media Group, and Project X Entertainment.
In its original form, “Bloom County” began as “The Academia Waltz”, which appeared in Breathed’s student newspaper at the University of Texas, The Daily Texan. Soon after, The Washington Post recruited Breathed to do a nationwide comic, which led to the birth of “Bloom County”. The satirical comic debuted in 1980, appearing in over 1,200 newspapers worldwide and selling millions of compilation books, until Breathed ended it in 1989.
Breathed followed “Bloom County” with the Sunday strips “Outland” and “Opus”, both of which featured characters from “Bloom County”. In 2015, Breathed began posting new “Bloom County” comics via Facebook almost daily.
A five-time Emmy winner and 14-time nominee, Long is a veteran writer and producer for Fox’s “The Simpsons.” He also wrote the 2020 film “The Exchange”, directed by Dan Mazer. Off-screen, Long’s writing has been featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
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