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CBS Adds 'Creature Comforts'


'Creature Comforts'

CBS has ordered its first animated series in 13 years, "Creature Comforts," an American version of the hit British stop-motion animated TV series of the same name. The project hails from Aardman Animations, the creative force behind the Oscar-nominated feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and box office hit, "Chicken Run."

In "Creature Comforts," excerpts from real-person interviews are placed in the mouths of a variety of animated animals who end up "discussing" different subjects on the show. CBS has ordered seven half-hour episodes for midseason 2006-07.

"Creature Comforts" has enjoyed great commercial and critical success in the U.K. since it launched on ITV1 in 2003 as a series of 10-minute segments. The show is based on Nick Park's 1989 Oscar-winning short film of the same name.


'Creature Comforts'

Aardman will produce the half-hour stop-motion animated series in Los Angeles and at its Bristol, England, studios. "We're thrilled to be exploring the American cultural viewpoint, a concept that we've mined to popular comedic effect in the U.K.," said Miles Bullough, Aardman's head of broadcast and development.

CBS had little success with its two previous animation series attempts. "Fish Police" and "Family Dog" both ran for several weeks before being canceled in midseason 1992 and summer 1993, respectively.

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