It’s been seven whole years since Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and the rest of the “Bridesmaids” crew had us cracking up through their wedding shenanigans. If you love those two “Saturday Night Live” stars as much as I do, you’ll be pumped to know they are getting their own TV show together.
Fox just picked up their comedy series, “Bless the Harts,” for at least 13 episodes. Wiig and Rudolph will appear in lead roles alongside comedians Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz. All four of them have sketch comedy roots and have appeared in comedies you’ve probably seen. You might recognize Bell from “Rough Night” or from her recurring role on Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.” Barinholtz, meanwhile, has appeared in “The Mindy Project,” “Sisters” and “Blockers,” to name a few projects.
The show’s plot will follow a group of broke Southerners as they pursue the American dream of becoming rich and famous.
“Bless the Harts” will be an animated show and each episode will be 30 minutes long. The series will join Fox’s impressive lineup of animated shows, including hits like “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers.” The team behind the show is full of comedy veterans, including executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were behind “The Lego Movie.”
Additionally, Emily Spivey, who has worked on “Saturday Night Live” and “King of the Hill,” is the show’s creator and co-executive producer. According to Variety, Spivey will rely on her own Southern upbringing to guide the show.
“Emily Spivey has the uncanny ability to observe the simplest qualities of everyday life, framing together bold characters and hilarious stories built around warmth and heart,” Fox’s Entertainment President Michael Thorn shared in a statement. “Having grown up in a close-knit Southern family, she has a deep well of material that has inspired her to create this show. We’re thrilled to welcome the Harts to Fox.”
This isn’t Rudolph’s only new TV project. The first season of her new series, “Forever,” debuted on Amazon Prime this fall. That show also sees her paired with a former “SNL” co-star, Fred Armisen.
“Bless the Harts” will begin airing during the 2019-2020 season. It’s safe to say we’re thrilled too and can’t wait to laugh along with the Harts.