While animated anthology Cake may have been a sign of where they were going, FX Networks stepped up its animation game in a big way on Thursday by announcing a pilot order for Little Demon. Created by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, and Kieran Valla, the half-hour animated comedy stars Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), his daughter Lucy DeVito (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Aubrey Plaza (Legion). Danny DeVito's Jersey Films 2nd Avenue is spearheading the project alongside ShadowMachine and FX Productions, with Rick & Morty co-creator Dan Harmon on board to executive produce.
Set 13 years after being impregnated by the Devil (Danny DeVito), Little Demon focuses on a reluctant mother (Plaza) and her Antichrist daughter (Lucy DeVito) as they attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware. Unfortunately, the pair will be constantly thwarted by forces mundane and monstrous forces. That includes Satan himself, who yearns for custody of his daughter's soul. Harmon will executive produce with Fowler, Kirschner, Valla, Plaza, and Jersey Films 2nd Avenue's Jake, Lucy, and Danny DeVito, as well as ShadowMachine's Monica Mitchell, Corey Campodonico, and Alex Bulkley. Steve Levy will serve as a producer on the project, which was given a conditional green light a few months back but is now being bumped up to the pilot production stage due to animation's ability to still stay in production during the current global health crisis.
Harmon and Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty is set to return to Adult Swim with the five-episode, second-half of season 4 on Sunday, May 3, and then over to E4 on Thursday, May 7, for its UK debut (paired up with Kaley Cuoco's animated Harley Quinn). Check out the trailer above to get a better sense of what viewers can expect when the season returns, with an episode line-up that begins with "Never Ricking Morty," and then moves on to "Promortyus" (Get off my face, broth), "The Vat of Acid Episode" (The one with the acid vat, broth), "Childrick of Mort" (Miracle of life, broth. Whole family in this one, broh.), and "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri" (Parenting is crazy, broh. Stuff straight disappearin in this one).