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“Mayans M.C.” co-creator Elgin James has signed a multi-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios that will have him develop, write, and direct projects for television and streaming services.
“I am deeply grateful for the endless support Dana Walden has shown me from the beginning, and the trust Bert Salke, Craig Hunegs, Jane Frances and everyone else at Fox 21 and Disney continue to show,” James said in a statement. “They took a shot on me a few years ago and have tirelessly championed me ever since. I'm honored and excited to be able to call Fox 21 Television Studios home and to continue this journey with these incredibly protective and creative partners.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. James previously served as a writer on the films “Lowriders” and “Little Birds” and directed the latter. Amazon Prime Video announced James would partner with Stephen Merchant “The Office” to create “The Offenders,” a six-episode crime thriller, last month. James will also serve as showrunner for the upcoming “Mayans M.C.” Season 3.
“Over the past two seasons of 'Mayans M.C.' we've come to know and love Elgin,” Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios, said in a statement. “He has an incredibly fresh and modern vision and is proving to be a great leader. We're loving the ride on 'Mayans' and look forward to seeing what else he creates in the future.”
James was previously active in Boston's hardcore punk music scene and co-founded a street gang in the late 1980s. James left the gang in 2007 and became a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters lab a year later. “Little Birds” was loosely based on James' life.
The James-Fox 21 Television Studios pact came a week after the studio inked an overall deal with Nic Pizzolatto “True Detective”, who will collaborate with Matthew McConaughey on a new hourlong drama series for FX.
James' overall deal was announced several months after fellow “Mayans M.C.” co-creator Kurt Sutter was fired from the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff by FX. Sutter was allegedly fired after several complaints were raised regarding his on-set behavior. Sutter later claimed that he was fired for writing a joke about Disney which owns FX and Fox 21 Television Studios into the second season premiere of “Mayans M.C.”
Fox has ordered a second season of its animated family comedy Duncanville for 2021-2022. The series hails from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV.
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Duncanville joins fellow Fox freshman animated series Bless the Harts, which also has already been renewed for a second season.
The network has been ramping up its animated portfolio over the past two years and currently has five series on the air, veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, and newcomers Bless the Harts and Duncanville, with two more, Housebroken and The Great North, set to join the lineup next season. Animation is one film/TV area that is still going during the pandemic-related Hollywood shutdown, with production done remotely, so work can be done on current seasons as well orders for next season.
“Duncanville is another great addition to our Sunday Animation Domination block,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Amy, Mike and Julie have been fantastic partners, as have the teams at 20th and Universal Television. Our thanks also go out to the entire voice cast, including Ty, Ricki, Betsy, Yassir, Zach, Joy, Rashida and Wiz. Duncan may be an average teen. However, the show is anything but, and we can't wait for a brand-new season of Harris family adventures.”
Duncanville has been a soft linear performer, with its Live+Same day rating deliveries among the lowest for a Fox series this season, but it has done well on digital. Season-to-date, Duncanville averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is Fox's most-streamed new comedy this season, Its premiere is Fox's most-streamed animated debut on record 7-day average.
The series follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, voiced by Poehler, with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls...but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He's not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he's never anything less than amazing. Poehler also voices Duncan's mother, Annie, and Ty Burrell voices Duncan's father, Jack. Featured voices also include Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment, Duncanville was co-created by the Scullys and Poehler, through her Paper...