First Adult Animated Comedy on Streaming Service is an Award-Winning Fan Favorite Starring Will Arnett as a Washed Up 1990's Sitcom Horse
January 9, 2018
LOS ANGELES – Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, today announced it has teamed with Michael Eisner's privately held media and entertainment shingle, The Tornante Company, to offer off-Netflix episodes of the award-winning fan favorite BoJack Horseman to basic cable.
The fourth season of BoJack Horseman launched worldwide on Netflix to rave reviews. New York magazine said, "The show's fourth season is not just its best, it's the finest single season of a comedy in ages," while Rotten Tomatoes offered that the show continues to "fearlessly traverse the emotional gamut - with results that are heartbreaking as often as they are hilarious."
Will Arnett leads the offbeat show, the first animated adult comedy series to appear on the streaming service, about the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s - 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show Horsin' Around but today he's washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, and complaining about everything. Set in a Los Angeles in which humans and anthropomorphic animal-people co-exist, BoJack Horseman is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.
Michael Eisner, owner of Tornante, said "I'm very proud of BoJack Horseman. Who knew a washed up sitcom star, who happens to be a horse, would drive the best reviews of any television show or movie in which I have been involved in my career?" Eisner added, "This business is all about who you work with creatively. Thank goodness Raphael Bob-Waksberg walked through my door."
"In an era when addictive, laugh-out-loud comedies are in short supply, BoJack Horseman delivers what cable networks have been missing," Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein commented. "Not only do we love the show but we think this horse-man can finally buck the trend in comedy, providing a strong alternative to conventional sitcoms."
Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, it also stars Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright serve as Executive Producers along with Arnett and Paul.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; City Lights Productions’ Caught in Providence, debuting nationally in September 2018; off-Netflix episodes of BoJack Horseman from Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment company, The Tornante Company; as well as U.S. distribution rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy that ranks as the No. 1 original series on Pop TV; the 10/90 sitcoms Debmar-Mercury pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury / Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen). Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier next generation global content leader.
About The Tornante Company
Founded in 2005 by Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company is a privately held company that invests in, acquires, and operates companies in media and entertainment.
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