or


[01/15/16 - 10:19 AM]
Animated Adult Television Series "Animals.," Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and Produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Debuts Feb. 5, Exclusively on HBO
Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of these non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

[via press release from HBO]

ANIMATED ADULT TELEVISION SERIES "ANIMALS.," CREATED BY PHIL MATARESE & MIKE LUCIANO AND PRODUCED BY DUPLASS BROTHERS TELEVISION, DEBUTS FEB. 5, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

New York City, Earth's least habitable environment, is home to a host of downtrodden creatures. Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of these non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, the animated adult television series ANIMALS. kicks off its ten-episode season FRIDAY, FEB. 5 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.

Matarese and Luciano voice many of the characters on the show, which also features such guest voiceover artists as Eric Andre, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, Katie Aselton, Jessica Chastain, Rob Corddry, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Lauren Lapkus, Melanie Lynsky, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Horatio Sanz, Adam Scott, Molly Shannon, Wanda Sykes, Cobie Smulders, Kurt Vile, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods and Steve Zissis.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #1: "Rats."

Debut: FRIDAY, FEB. 5 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 5 (1:30 a.m.), 9 (3:25 a.m.) and 10 (4:20 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Feb. 7 (4:00 p.m.) and 11 (midnight)

An uninitiated rat gets mating tips from his friend at a subterranean party. A pair of police horses complains about an old acquaintance who's made it big. A bedbug has a midlife crisis.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #2: "Pigeons."

Debut: FRIDAY, FEB. 12 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 12 (1:30 a.m.), 16 (3:10 a.m.) and 17 (2:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Feb. 14 (5:30 p.m.) and 18 (11:45 p.m.)

A naive male pigeon prepares himself for motherhood, while another is challenged by a New Jersey rival. One caterpillar's metamorphosis is another's lament.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #3: "Cats."

Debut: FRIDAY, FEB. 19 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 19 (1:30 a.m.), 23 (4:00 a.m.) and 24 (4:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Feb. 25 (midnight)

Two privileged feline siblings find their perfect day interrupted by a crafty alley cat. Bored with the monotony of his life, a goose sets off on his own, and attempts to bond with a flock of Central Park swans.

Written by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano; directed by Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano and Wes Archer.

Episode #4: "Dogs."

Debut: FRIDAY, FEB. 26 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 26 (1:30 a.m.) and March 1 (3:55 a.m.) and 2 (4:25 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Feb. 28 (5:30 p.m.)

A papillon is thrust into an unwelcoming dog park. A dog-walking group deals with an unexpected secret. Two dogs dissect their owners' first date.

Written by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano; directed by Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano and Dominic Polcino.

Episode #5: "Rats."

Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

Other HBO playdates: March 4 (1:30 a.m.), 8 (4:30 a.m.) and 9 (5:00 a.m.)

A rat invents pants. A moth tries neon light for the first time. Two fish couples have a tense dinner.

Written by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano; directed by Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano and Wes Archer.

Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano met while working together at a New York City production company, where they would do voices for the pigeons outside of their office. Phil, an illustrator in his free time, proposed animating a scene based off their pigeon-riffing to screen at Mike's monthly comedy show.

Thus was born a series of animated shorts, simply dubbed "Animals.". The series quickly became a full-time passion project, screening in venues throughout NYC, as well as at festivals around the country. After winning Best Comedy at the 2013 New York Television Festival, the duo gained the attention of executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass, who convinced them to quit their jobs and move across the country to begin making ten half-hour episodes independent of any studio or network. One year later, the inaugural two episodes premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival - the first independently produced TV series to do so - which led to acclaim in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and a two-season pickup by HBO.

The animation for ANIMALS. was created with Starburns Industries, the studio known for "Rick & Morty" and Charlie Kaufman's new stop-motion film "Anomalisa."

ANIMALS. is part of the continuing relationship between HBO and Jay & Mark Duplass, whose acclaimed show "Togetherness," also produced by Duplass Brothers Television, returns for its second season Sunday, Feb. 21 (10:30-11:00 p.m.).

The executive producers of ANIMALS. are Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass; directors/writers, Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano; producers, Jen Roskind, James Fino, Joe Russo II, Kenny Micka.





  [january 2016]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· ANIMALS. (HBO)





[10/20/20 - 03:00 PM]
This January, FOX Brings the Drama with All-New Seasons of "9-1-1," "9-1-1: Lone Star," "The Resident" and "Prodigal Son"
"9-1-1" and "9-1-1: Lone Star" will air back-to-back on Mondays; while "Prodigal Son" is moving to Tuesdays following "The Resident."

[10/20/20 - 01:10 PM]
Netflix Reveals Stats and Facts About Its Top Movies in the Last Few Months
"Enola Holmes" (76 million), "American Murder: The Family Next Door" (52 million), "The Old Guard" (78 million), "Project Power" (75 million) and "The Kissing Booth 2" (66 million) are among the mentioned audiences.

[10/20/20 - 11:32 AM]
"OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation - Vote!" Premieres Tonight at 9p ET/PT
Special guests include Yvette Nicole Brown, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Valerie Jarrett, Tina Knowles Lawson, and Nneka Ogwumike.

[10/20/20 - 11:30 AM]
Bravo Greenlights Culinary Competition Show "Top Chef Amateurs"
Hosted by Gail Simmons and produced by Magical Elves, Bravo's newest culinary competition series gives talented home cooks the opportunity of lifetime to test their skills in the illustrious "Top Chef" kitchen.

[10/20/20 - 11:01 AM]
CMT Megahit "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" Returns for Landmark Season 15 on Tuesday, November 24th at 10PM ET/PT
Additionally, the series premiere will simulcast on sister network MTV.

[10/20/20 - 11:00 AM]
Jon M. Chu to Direct Lucasfilm's "Willow" Series for Disney+ with Warwick Davis and Ron Howard Returning
Howard, director of the original "Willow" film, returns as executive producer on the series with Bob Dolman, writer of the original film, serving as consulting producer.

[10/20/20 - 10:59 AM]
HBO Orders Limited Series "The Son"
The limited series will star and be executive produced by Nine Stories' Jake Gyllenhaal.

[10/20/20 - 10:13 AM]
It's a Miracle! "Fleabag's" Andrew Scott Narrates BBC America's "Earth's Great Seasons"
Each episode explores how animals and plants rise to the challenges of the natural world throughout the year.

[10/20/20 - 10:06 AM]
Jamie Foxx to Executive Produce and Star in "Day Shift" for Netflix
Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year old daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires.

[10/20/20 - 10:02 AM]
Video: Official Trailer and Key Art - Hulu's "Eater's Guide to the World"
Join narrator Maya Rudolph on a quest to find the most unexpected places to score an epic meal, while drinking and dining with the locals along the way.

[10/20/20 - 10:00 AM]
Video: HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant" - Official Trailer
Starring Kaley Cuoco, the eight-episode limited series is a story of how an entire life can change in one night.

[10/20/20 - 09:33 AM]
Lifetime Signs Emmy-Winning Lifestylist Sandra Lee to Help Host "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" Holiday Movie Slate
Slated to launch Thanksgiving week, the special lifestyle pieces will focus on making the holidays festive and easy with ideas ranging from decorating and baking to gift giving and holiday savings.

[10/20/20 - 09:30 AM]
Video: Shawn Mendes Netflix Documentary "In Wonder" Trailer Released
The documentary is a heartfelt look at a songwriter and performer wrestling with the pressures of stardom and the emotional tolls of coming-of-age while the world watches.

[10/20/20 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "Trash Truck" New Series Trailer - Netflix Jr
Six-year-old Hank and his best buddy - a giant honking, snorting trash truck - go on lots of fun adventures, from learning to fly to going to the movies.

[10/20/20 - 09:00 AM]
CBS Announces Six New "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" Themed Primetime Specials
Look for the first from both series on Tuesday, October 27.