Syfy today announced its first original late night animated series, Alien News Desk. Set to debut early 2019, Alien News Desk is a weekly, half-hour topical animated series set in an extraterrestrial newsroom.
Voiced by Emmy-nominated comedian Will Forte (alien news anchor Drexx Drudlarr) and Saturday Night Live’s Heidi Gardner (alien co-anchor Tuva Van Void), the 12-episode series will cover up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species – the inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth.
Alien News Desk is produced by Broadway Video and Bento Box Entertainment. Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer alongside Saturday Night Live producer Erik Kenward, also executive producing. Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update head writer Dennis McNicholas serves as executive producer and showrunner, with Scott Gairdner (Moonbeam City) as co-executive producer. Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg from Bento Box Entertainment serve as executive producers. From Broadway Video, Andrew Singer serves as executive producer, with Katy Jenson as co-executive producer.
“The expansion into original animation and late night marks the next step in the evolution of Syfy, and builds on the successes we’ve had bringing new, younger viewers to the network,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Tackling news, politics and entertainment from the perspective of alien newscasters completely puzzled by our human ways, Alien News Desk is a fun, irreverent way to put a uniquely ‘Syfy’ spin on the late night current affairs genre.”