TELETOON Greenlights "Fugget About It" as First Pilot Project Initiative Show
TELETOON Canada has announced that Fugget About It has become the first animated comedy series to be greenlit from the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, putting 13 episode into production in English and French. The series follows the 16-year old son of a former mob boss, relocated from New York City to Canada after his father is put into the Witness Protection Program.
The full press release follows:
TELETOON GREENLIGHTS FIRST SERIES FROM ITS PILOT PROJECT INITIATIVE
The TELETOON At Night Pilot Project finalist Fugget About It to be commissioned into a 13-episode comedy series
(Toronto, ON, December 20, 2010) – TELETOON Canada inc. is pleased to announce that Fugget About It, an animated comedy originally developed for the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, has been greenlit for production into a 13-part series in English and French. Produced by Toronto-based 9 Story Entertainment, Fugget About It follows the misadventures of 16-year-old Petey Falcone, the son of a former New York mob boss who now lives in a witness protection program with his family in Canada.
“The TELETOON At Night Pilot Project was a unique initiative by TELETOON to tap into the rich store of talent within the Canadian animation industry,” said Alan Gregg, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada inc. “TELETOON received some great projects through this initiative and we’re thrilled to be able to take the Fugget About It pilot and develop it into a series with the humour and broad appeal we look for in our comedy programming.”
Originally launched in fall 2007, ten projects, including Fugget About It, were selected as finalists from over 200 submissions. TELETOON invested $1.5 million dollars into creating the pilots which straddle a wide range of topics, animation styles and comedy sensibilities. The TELETOON at Night pilots premiered online and have been featured on-air since September 2010 as part of TELETOON at Night’s popular Sunday night hosted block “Fred at Night.”
“The TELETOON at Night Pilot Project afforded us an incredible opportunity to get the Fugget About It pilot made and we couldn’t be more excited to see it go to series,” said Vince Commisso, President and CEO, 9 Story Entertainment. “We have a stellar creative team led by show runner Jeff Abugov (Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, Cheers) and TELETOON is the perfect home for this production.”
About Fugget About It
TeenagerPetey Falcone’s father, Jimmy Falcone, was once the head of a large crime syndicate. But when Jimmy refused to whack his good ol’ Uncle Cheech, the Falcones were forced into witness protection in Canada. Petey, who was finally starting to figure out life in New York, now lives as Petey “MacDougall”in Regina, Saskatchewan. In their new life, the Falcones must come to terms with the fact that they are no longer respected neighbourhood big-shots – they’re just regular shmucks.
Fugget About It is a 13-part half-hour series slated to air on TELETOON English and TELETOON French in fall 2012.
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