'Burgers' flipping for Fox
Orders 13 episodes for animated comedy series
By Nellie Andreeva
Nov 30, 2009, 09:30 PM ET"Bob's Burgers"
Fox is flipping "Bob's Burgers," handing a 13-episode order to an animated comedy series from "Home Movies" co-creator Loren Bouchard.
The project, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is set at a seaside East Coast town and centers on Bob, a creative grill man who runs a struggling burger joint with the help of his tightly wound wife and their three unhelpful kids.
"One of the great things about telling a story is that (the show) could be a workplace and family comedy at exactly the same moment," said Bouchard, who originally thought of doing a comedy about a family of cannibals running a restaurant but dropped the cannibalism part.
Bouchard, who is executive producing/co-showrunning "Burgers" with Jim Dauterive ("King of the Hill"), said he chose a burger place versus a traditional restaurant because "it feels very iconic."
Although "Burgers" will have a similar look and tone to the rest of the comedies from Fox's Sunday animated block, it will be "a little more urban," said Bouchard, who spent several years working in bars and restaurants during his 20s.
The series pickup for "Burgers" is based on a 12-minute presentation whose voice cast included Bouchard's frequent collaborator H. Jon Benjamin as Bob, John Roberts as wife Linda and Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and Dan Mintz as the kids.
Although the five actors have not closed deals to continue on the series, Bouchard said it's his "dying wish to get them back."