Based on the hilarious comedy of Kevin Hart, “LIL KEV” is the story of a 12-year-old, pint-sized, optimistic, highly imaginative kid who navigates growing up in the crime filled inner-city of North Philly with the help and sometimes hindrance of his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog.
Â FoxÂ has picked upÂ Lil Kev,Â an animated pilot presentation based on the comedy ofÂ Kevin Hart, which he will be voicing alongsideÂ Wanda Sykes, Keith Robertson, Gerald â€œSlinkâ€ Johnson and Deon Cole.
The 20th Century Fox TV/Lionsgate TV project, written byÂ Michael Price (The Simpsons) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris), is one of several animated series in the works at Fox, including another pilot presentation for a half-hour comedy fromÂ Amy Poehler,Â The Simpsonsâ€˜ veteranÂ Mike ScullyÂ and his wife, formerÂ SimpsonsÂ writer-producerÂ Julie Scully, whichÂ was ordered by the networkÂ last summer.
They are part of a ramp-up in animated development at Fox spearheaded by the networkâ€™s new entertainment presidentÂ Michael Thorn.
â€œI really want a new animated series, thatâ€™s a huge priority,â€ Thorn told Deadline. â€œItâ€™s a such a strong part of our brand. I think what many people think of Fox is they think of our animated shows, and it would be great to add another original animated series to go with the three series we have on right now,Â The Simpsons, Family GuyÂ andÂ Bobâ€™s Burgers. (Primetime animation) is so specific to Fox,Â we re the only ones who do it in broadcast, and I think we should continue to own that space.â€
Written byÂ Price and Claybrooks,Â Lil KevÂ is the story of a 12-year-old, pint-sized, optimistic, highly imaginative kid who navigates growing up in the crime filled inner-city of North Philly with the help and sometimes hindrance of his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog.
â€œItâ€™s About Kevin Hartâ€™s experiences growing up and how his relationship with his mother and his community led to his optimistic, positive outlook despite some of the challenges and circumstances that he grew up with,â€ Thorn said.
The last two animated series launched by Fox were the Seth MacFarlane-producedÂ BordertownÂ and the animated/live-action hybridÂ Son Of Zorn.Â Both premiered in 2016 and did not go beyond their original orders. MacFarlane, creator ofÂ Family GuyÂ and co-creator ofÂ American Dad!, which airs on TBS, is busy with them, his Fox space dramedyThe Orville, which he writes, executive produces and stars in, and a new season ofÂ Cosmos,Â so he is not currently working on a new animated projects.
The Simpsons, Family GuyÂ andÂ Bobâ€™s BurgersÂ all have been success stories, withÂ The SimpsonsÂ andÂ Bobâ€™s BurgersÂ also winning 10 and 2 best animated program Emmys, respectively.
Lil KevÂ hails from 20th TV and Lionsgate TV where Hart has a deal. Hart executive produces with Price and Jeff Clanagan;Â Claybrooks co-executive produces.
Price, whose credits also include Netflixâ€™s F Is for Family, is repped by CAA and Attorney David Matlof. Claybrooks is with WME andÂ MetaMorphicÂ Entertainment. Hart is with UTA and 3 Arts.