Regular Show, that delightfully quirky Cartoon Network stalwart, came to an end mere months ago to the dismay of fans of anthropomorphic animals, ghosts with open palms sprouting from their heads, and Mark Hamill’s stellar VO work. Now, news has broken that another Turner station, TBS, will be the home of creator J.G. Quintel’s next animated project.
TBS has greenlit and ordered 13 episodes of Close Enough, described as a “surreal comedy about a family growing up without getting old,” which is anticipated to hit the airwaves next year.
Per the announcement:
“Close Enough is a surreal take on transitioning from 20-something to 30-something. The show centers on a married couple juggling such everyday challenges as parenthood, friendship, ham theft, stripper clowns and choosing the right day care.”
So, if you were worried that Regular Show’s signature craziness – talking gumball machines, secret cults comprising blonde bros, cosmic babies – might be absent a project focusing on people perhaps 10 years older than Rigby and Mordo, perhaps the mention of “ham theft” and “stripper clowns” has assuaged those fears.
Regular Show ran on Cartoon Network from 2010-2017 and comprised 261 episodes and one movie special. Several of the characters were first developed by Quintel for use in his student film projects at California Institute of the Arts. It was an early example of the short 15-minute episode slot format (versus the more traditional 30-minute slot format) which has become increasingly popular on CN over the years. Regular Show was also notable for employing indie comics creators on staff, including Calvin Wong (writer/storyboard artist/supervising director), Minty Lewis (storyboard artist/voice actress for ‘Eileen’), and Hellen Jo (storyboard artist).
No art has yet been released to tease the new series, so we’ll leave you with this gem from Regular Show.
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