If you've had a Dan Levy-shaped hole in your hearts since the season finale of Schitt's Creek, you'll be pleased to hear Levy has no plans to take a break any time soon. Truly one of the hardest working men in Hollywood, he and his writing partner Ally Pankiw (who also worked on Schitt's Creek) have penned a new comedy show set to air on Hulu. This time, they're shaking things up a little, opting for an animated series! Here's everything we know so far about this exciting project...
Titled Standing By, the show's official synopsis reveals it to be a "satirical look into the lives of a group of eternally bound, disgruntled guardian angels and the lessons they'll eventually learn from not only the dysfunctional humans they're in charge of protecting but also each other." In a joint statement, Levy and Pankiw discussed their series, praising those who helped to bring it to life. "Standing By is about the hilarity, embarrassment, and melodrama of everyday life as observed by a team of judgmental, gossip-starved Guardian Angels. We are very excited to bring this world to life with the help of Hulu, 20th Television Animation, and Bento Box Entertainment. Not to mention an insanely brilliant cast of actors," they gushed.
Who is included in this so-called "brilliant cast?" Thankfully, in addition to writing and producing, Levy will be taking on a role behind the mic, playing the show's lead. The rest of the cast will be voiced by David Tennant, Glenn Close, Samira Wiley, Natalie Palamides, and Poppy Liu. Danielle Uhlarik will be the showrunner and executive producer.
Standing By is being produced by Levy's recently established production company, 'Not a Real Production Company.' After releasing The Big Brunch on HBO, they went on to sign a television deal with Netflix, where they are set to release a romantic comedy in the upcoming months- written, produced, and starring Dan. This new animated series comes to Hulu as part of Levy's deal with ABC Signature. With no mention of Standing By's release date, we'll be rewatching Schitt's Creek until we hear more! Stay tuned.