NEW YORK, September 13, 2010 — New York City is out of this world again as vampires, zombies and freaks shake up the Big Apple in new episodes of the hit animated comedy series “Ugly Americans” premiering on COMEDY CENTRAL on October 6 at 10:30 p.m.
The series follows Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg), a social worker at the “Department of Integration,” as he helps new citizens, both human and “other,” adapt to the hectic life in New York City. There are easier tasks than weaning vampires off blood, socializing land-whales and housebreaking werewolves, but Mark is up to the challenge. Between his stressful job, a zombie roommate and a demon girlfriend, Mark’s lucky if he can sneak in a few minutes of sleep.
In the new episodes, Mark Lilly has to deal with a clingy new roommate after Randall leaves to join a zombie cult and Twayne has to face the repercussions of making a terrible deal for a politician’s soul. Then Mark tries to help Leonard with his wand issues with disastrous results, and Mark and Randall go down to hell to spend Halloween with Callie’s family, who has some special plans for Mark.
In addition to Mark Lilly, the “Ugly Americans” cast features Randall Skeffington, Mark’s zombie roommate (voiced by Kurt Metzger), Callie Maggotbone, Mark’s demon boss and office fling (voiced by Natasha Leggero), Leonard Powers, an aging drunken wizard (voiced by Randy Pearlstein), Twayne, a terrorizing demonic bureaucrat (voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley) and Lt. Grimes (voiced by Larry Murphy), a law-enforcement officer who despises non-humans. Additional characters are voiced by Devin Clark, Mike O’Gorman and Maria Bamford, Pete Holmes and Julie Klausner.
Online, the “Ugly Americans” Web site will feature episode previews and highlights, an interactive map of Manhattan with video clips from the series, a Twitter module featuring tweets from the show’s cast, characters and creators, and a downloadable Department of Integration handbook, with important information for surviving life in the Big Apple. Additionally, fans of the series can play an “Ugly Americans” Web game. Users control Mark and interact with various characters from the series as he helps them to do the right (or wrong) thing, with hilarious results. There will also be a Facebook Personality Quiz, “Which Ugly Americans Character Are You”, where fans can take a short survey to find out if they are Mark, Randall, Callie or one of the shows’ other characters, and then share the results with their friends.
“Ugly Americans: Volume One” DVD will be released by COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment on Tuesday, October 5. A selection of special features include: an original Webisode; an animatic sneak peek of an upcoming episode; an audio commentary from David M. Stern, Devin Clark and Daniel Powell, as well as art galleries.
New episodes of Ugly Americans will be available for download in SD and HD formats on iTunes, Xbox Live Marketplace, Sony Playstation Network and Zune Marketplace. Episodes will be available in SD format only on Amazon Video On Demand. In addition, a behind-the-scenes look at the series will be available exclusively on iTunes starting Thursday, October 7. The behind-the-scenes extra will be featured as bonus content and available only to iTunes users who purchase all of the new episodes via season pass. The exclusive piece will feature interviews with show creators and will give fans a glimpse of the animation studios behind the hit series.
David M. Stern, series developer and executive producer, began his career writing for “The Wonder Years” during its first three seasons. He went on to serve as a producer on “The Simpsons” during its first four seasons where he wrote many memorable episodes. Stern has served as a co-executive producer on the premiere season of the USA hit series ‘Monk,” as well as a co-executive producer on the Fox series “Oliver Beene.”
Series-creator Devin Clark has been involved with a broad range of television projects including work with HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, TCM and The Cartoon Network, applying his design and narrative skills to everything from network graphics to traditional cartoons. His films and animation have been featured in Stash magazine, Animation Block Party, Rooftop Films, Ottawa Film Festival, Platform and Atom Films.
David M. Stern and Daniel Powell are the executive producers of “Ugly Americans.” Aaron Augenblick and Cory Bobiak serve as animation directors, with animation by Augenblick Studios and Cuppa Coffee Studios. Lisa Leingang is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
Augenblick Studios is an independent animation studio located in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 1999 by Aaron Augenblick, their team of artists has created a wide variety of content for television, film and the Internet. Productions include Wonder Showzen (MTV), Superjail (“Adult Swim”) and Golden Age (COMEDY CENTRAL).
Cuppa Coffee Studios has been committed to providing original and innovative animation and design for well over seventeen years. In that time, Cuppa Coffee has risen to become the largest stop-motion facility in the world. A true full-service production house, Cuppa Coffee has garnered over 150 international awards and offers a wide range of animation styles, from Stop-Motion to CG to 2D Flash and everything in between.
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