TBS goes straight to Hell


TBS has given the green light to “Neighbors From Hell,” its first venture into primetime animation programming. It has delivered an order for 10 half-hour episodes.

Neighbors From Hell centers on the Hellmans, a typical, all-American suburban family, with Balthazor; his wife, Tina; their two children, Mandy and Josh; and their dog, Pazuzu. The only thing that distinguishes them from the rest of the folks in the neighborhood is that the Hellmans happen to be from Hell. They have been sent to Earth to pose as normal suburbanites with a mission to keep humans from finding their way to Hell. Their task is made all the more complicated by Balthazor’s growing affection for humans and their odd but endearing qualities.

The series comes to TBS from Fox TV Animation, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and Jeffrey Katzenberg.  Pam Brady, of “South Park” fame, who wrote the pilot episode, and Mireille Soria, whose previous projects included “Madagascar,”  will serve as executive producers. 

“We believe hit television always begins with bringing the right talent to a project.  With Pam Brady’s funny and sharp comedic voice, Jeffrey’s one-of-a-kind experience and skill and Fox TV Animation’s production smarts, we’re starting with an ideal foundation.  We know they’ll make Neighbors From Hell a perfect complement to TBS’s comedy lineup,” said Michael Wright, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies.