The Pole: SYFY Greenlights Bobby Moynihan, Jillian Bell-Led Animated Series
SYFY has greenlit the edgy animated comedy series The Pole, starring Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Emmy nominee Jillian Bell (Saturday Night Live, 22 Jump Street) for a six-episode series pickup. The Pole is joining the network’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ, which runs Saturdays at nighttime.
The Pole in addition has added series regular Emmy nominee Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and recurring cast members SungWon Cho (Anime Crimes Division), Emmy nominee Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live), Tim Simmons (Galaxy Lords), and Sasheer Zamata (Woke).
In The Pole, following a scandal involving “Saint” Nick (Moynihan) rocks the holly jolly foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose because the future of Christmas becomes a twisted power struggle for the Red Suit. As Nick, the 20th to wear the Suit, struggles with the age-old question of naughty vs. nice, his wife Mrs. Claus, aka Gretchen (Bell), works to help keep the political machine that’s toy production afloat. It isn’t easy because they juggle the factory elves, including Nick’s head elf Matilda (Byer) and the political activist Helenor (Zamata), in addition to parenting two sons – Nick’s mini-me Harry (Cho) and the crown prince, Jack (Simons), who’s not merely next in line for the Suit, but seeking to rebrand in addition, it. Reporting on all of the drama in The Pole? Cocoa (Jost), host of the North Pole News Network Program, “Morning Cocoa.”
Expected to debut in TZGZ in 2021, The Pole is from Yeti Farm Creative (Hotel Transylvania Season 2, Pete the Cat Season 2). The quarter-hour series is established and executive made by Matthew Bass (Future Man) and Theodore Bressman (Future Man, Jungleland), who serve as showrunners also. Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan) also executive producers, and also Frank Saperstein (Counterfeit Cast, Ren & Stimpy) and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.