Last October, we confirmed with The Annoying Orange creator Dane Boedigheimer that a deal to bring his animated web series to television was in the works. Today, Boedigheimer and his show – about what happens when pieces of fruit that normally play the role of standing still in Cezanne paintings become aware and develop attitudes – is one step closer to TV.
Nellie Andreeva at Deadline reports LA-based management company and production house The Collective partnered with Boedigheimer to produce six episodes of The Annoying Orange animated TV comedy series. The episodes come complete with A-list cartoon talent, including Tom Sheppard (Pinky and the Brain) handling writing responsibilities, Conrad Vernon (co-director of Monsters and Aliens, Shrek 2) executive producing, and Malcom McDowell lending his voice to one of the characters.
The Annoying Orange TV show also comes with an inherent, built-in audience 1.4 million YouTube subscribers and 7.8 million Facebook Fans strong. Though those aren’t quite Vin Diesel numbers, they should easily help sell television executive on the series.
No word yet on where The Annoying Orange TV show will end up, but Nickelodeon is the safe bet. That’s where The Collective found a home and success for Fred: The Movie.