From the looks of FX’s new adult cartoon based on the antichrist, it seems there’s not much of a shtick for lefty television producers beyond being offensive to Christians.
Deadline reported on April 23 that the entertainment television network has given the go-ahead for a pilot episode of potential FX series Little Demon, which stars Danny DeVito, his daughter Lucy DeVito and Aubrey Plaza.
According to the Hollywood outlet, the new show is supposed to follow the wacky hijinks of Satan’s daughter, played by Plaza, as she tries to live a normal life. Deadline wrote, “13 years after being impregnated by the Devil (Danny DeVito), a reluctant mother (Plaza) and her Antichrist daughter (Lucy DeVito) attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware, but are constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan.”
Apparently Satan is an estranged father “who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul.” So cute, right?
Both DeVito and Plaza are FX regulars, with DeVito playing Frank Reynolds in the long-running It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Plaza starring in the network’s X-Men adaptation, Legion.
Little Demon was created by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner and Kieran Valla, who started the project last summer. Dan Harmon, the co-creator of the mega-popular Adult Swim cartoon Rick & Morty, is set to executive produce.
Deadline reported that FX has been looking for another animated series for its network besides the long-running, fan-favorite Archer. The outlet also commented that the timing couldn’t be better for the show, as animation is “the only TV genre able to stay in production during the pandemic.”
Well, isn’t it just grand that we all can be privy to a cute satire about Satan and the antichrist even while in quarantine? And here we were hoping that the silver lining during the pandemic was that Hollywood would take a year off.
Considering how many attacks against conservatives and religion are made on television, even in feel-good sitcoms like Modern Family or Young Sheldon, we’re willing to bet that a cartoon about the devil is going to use plenty of blasphemy and anti-Christian rhetoric for cheap laughs. Dan Harmon’s products in particular have a specific anti-God flavor to them. Rick & Morty prides itself on being as cynical and nihilistic about reality as possible.
We’ll have to wait and see, but more often than not, these showrunners revel in stooping low. Even solemn times of the year -- like Holy Week -- don't deter, but encourage, their blasphemous smears.