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‘Housebroken’ Creators and Stars Tease Upcoming Fox Animated Comedy – Deadline

The creators and stars of Familiar came together virtually on Thursday to tease their adult, pet-centric, group therapy animated sitcom.

During a panel, as part of Fox Entertainment’s summer press tour, co-creator / EP Clea DuVall, Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden explained that the original idea for the series came to DuVall then. that the trio were working on the HBO comedy, Veep.

“I have a cat with whom I have a very complicated relationship, who just seems constantly dissatisfied, and I wanted more than anything to be able to go to a counselor together. [and figure out how] I could finally make her happy, ”said DuVall, who also plays the role of Elsa. “Then I just started to think, that would just be a great idea for a show, is to understand what the inner life of animals really looks like.”

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“Clea came to see us just after a Veep read table and talked about going to therapy with her cat, then the three of us perfected ourselves [in on] the idea of ​​group therapy, ”Allan said. “Because we love therapy, we love animals, and we also thought it would be a great way to look at human issues, in a way that seems acceptable and universal to everyone.”

The way the series would reach humanity, Allan added, was to explore “how much we are projecting on [our pets], and how much they bring that to the world. “

In conversation with DuVall, Allan, Crittenden and FOX Entertainment President of Entertainment Michael Thorn, voice actors Lisa Kudrow, Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Jason Mantzoukas and Sam Richardson, and EP actor / actor Sharon Horgan joked about the preparation that followed as anthropomorphic animals.

“I have two cats at home, and I drew so much of my cat Gus for this show, like, [my character] Chico is so much my cat Gus, [I think] I owe my cat a check, ”said Richardson.

“Anticipate a trial of Gus,” Allan joked.

“I’ve never had a cat before, so I worked with Sam Gus’ cat for six months, in a very immersive cat training camp,” Mantzoukas said. “[I] was really able, with the help of Gus, to find my character. I was pretty happy with where I landed, again thanks to Gus.

“I’ll tell you what,” Richardson riffed, “if you walk into this egoless workshop, you learn so much.”

Another topic of conversation was what animals the actors see themselves as, and how that aligns with the types of creatures they ended up playing. Familiar.

“I thought of myself as a stallion,” Forte joked, “and unfortunately it’s really true that I’m more of a turtle / tortoise.

“I was thinking [dog therapist] Honey represents me personally very well: stylish, really smart, caring, good advice, ”said Kudrow. “In fact, [she is] overanalytic, controlling and trying to be fun when she really isn’t.

Finally, the creators and stars of Familiar weighed the pros and cons of working in voiceover.

“Being able to record in your pajamas, or in Jason’s case, without any clothes on, I think there are a lot of positives,” Faxon said.

“Nat, I was in the studio with you,” Kudrow said, “so I saw what you weren’t wearing.”

“I may just be naked in my closet, recording, but the reality is I was doing this even before Covid. You want to get the voice in its true pure form, Mantzoukas added. “I asked if I could do the bare panel. They said no unequivocally.

Also starring Tony Hale, Familiar focuses on Honey (Lisa Kudrow), a therapy dog ​​who runs group therapy sessions to help the animals in her neighborhood deal with neuroses caused by their owners and between them. The comedy will air on Fox on May 31.

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