Variety is reporting that Fox television has set Axe Cop as the first piece in its Animation Domination HD block, slated to launch in the 11 PM-12:30 AM Saturday night time slot in the first quarter of 2013.
The division, headed by Nick Weidenfeld, has given an order of six quarter-hour episodes to an animated version of the comic, which has been put in development and is looking for a showrunner. Axe Cop is one of four six-episode quarter-hour animated series Weidenfeld plans to introduce in the block during its first year on the air, along with about 50 short-form shows of 1-3 minute each, which are expected to also have strong digital presence.
Weidenfeld, who worked for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim before joining Fox, said he had pursued the rights to the comic for awhile. “Axe Cop is one of the most creative, hilarious and naturally viral comic properties to emerge in the last decade,” he said. “It has all the makings of an iconic animated series and it will help set the tone for Fox’s new late-prime Saturday animation lineup.”
I think that this is the perfect amount of time for an Axe Cop show. I enjoyed the single comics when they originally appeared on line, but found that, once collected, the joke quickly wore thin. A series of short episodes interspersed with other material would definitely be enjoyable.
What do you think? A winner for Fox?