TYPE-A STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Small Dog Picture Company TEAM: Lesley Wake-Webster, Jason Winer
LOGLINE: An office comedy about a group of
consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle:
layoffs, downsizing, generally delivering horrible news. To everyone else,
they’re the enemy – to one another, they’re family.
Cast (thus far)
Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) will play Axler, the ambitious, brutally honest consultant who is at war with her inner “nice girl.”
Ken Marino (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will play Garland, a slick, charming attorney — and total shark– who also happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Axler.
Kyle Bornheimer (Casual) will portray Ben, an Army vet with one leg who is the moral compass of the office.
Steve Harris (Legends) is Carson, the security chief with an intimidating physical presence who has a soft spot for his show poodle.
Andy Richter (Conan) will play Luderman, a master manipulator who makes Machiavelli look like a sweetheart.
Sloan (Comedy Knockout) will play Wolf, the
confident office tech guru who is a close friend of Axler’s. Wolf was
originally named “Torres.”
this will be a single-camera comedy
it is loosely based on the book Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
<b>Scorpio:</b> See, I'm like a cat.<p/><b>Libra:</b> What domesticated animal am I?<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> Poodle.<p/><b>Libra:</b> No.<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> Yeah, I'm sorry.<p/><b>Libra:</b> Can I be the kind of poodle tha-<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> No you're a show poodle.<p/><b>Libra:</b> No.<p/><b>Libra:</b> Wait.<p/><b>Libra:</b> Miniature or...?<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> You have a big personality in a little body. You are a miniature show poodle.<p/><b>Libra:</b> I..well, I can't disagree.<p/></p>
This cartoon is one that often gets left out in nostalgia posts. PB&J aired on Playhouse Disney, generating 65 episodes over the course of about four years. If the style of the show looks familiar, it’s because the show was created by Jim Jinkins, who created Doug. PB&J shared the same penchant for brightly colored characters, but with a more preschool-friendly twist. Also everyone was animals.
The title refers to three otter siblings, fittingly named Peanut (the brother), Butter (the baby), and Jelly (the oldest sister). They lived with their parents, Opal and Ernest, on the peaceful but bustling Lake Hoohaw (which is, in my opinion, one of the best setting names in cartoon history). Other characters included Flick the duck, Scootch and Pinch raccoon, and Ootsie and Bootsie the poodles. The show was perhaps most famous for “the noodle dance,” when the cast would break into dance to try and figure out solutions to their problems.
PB&J fit in on the Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) lineup. It was colorful, gentle, and silly. Alongside shows like Out of the Box and Bear in the Big Blue House, it became an early tentpole for the channel’s preschool block.
While it finished nearly two decades ago, the show can still be viewed via Disney Junior online and occasionally on television.