Community alum Joel McHale has been cast in the lead role for the upcoming Fox comedy series Animal Control.
McHale’s character, Frank, is noted to be “an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room. A former cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, which may explain why he’s so cynical and curmudgeonly. He has an almost superhuman ability to understand animals. Humans … not so much.”
“Dan, Rob, Tad, and Bob had envisioned Joel as the lead of Animal Control from the very moment we began development, and we are all ecstatic to have him on board,” said the president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, Michael Thorn. “Joel’s acerbic wit and ability to bring a comedic lens to everything he’s involved with make him the perfect person to bring Frank to life.”
The logline for Animal Control says it “will follow a group of local Animal Control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not.” The series will be executive produced and written by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, and Dan Sterling, with Tad Quill and Joel McHale also set to executive produce. Fox Entertainment Studios is set to produce.