Fox tried to sway young homebodies on Saturday nights with its Animation Domination High-Def block of programming, but the only people turning in were viewers well beyond Fox’s key demographic. As such, the network will remove ADHD from their schedule after a final airing on June 28, but will continue working with the animation company for primetime series as well as continued online content.
For those who aren't familiar with Axe Cop, it started as a webcomic from the Nicolle brothers - then five, now eight year old Malachai invented the character, comes up with the ideas and answers the famous 'Ask Axe Cop' questions while thirty year old Ethan brings them to life - where the titular badass policeman who prefers to use an axe (obviously) to fight crime. Not crime exactly, more like anything cool that springs to mind, like zombies, dinosaurs and all the other stuff that a child telling stories would want to include.
It seems Fox's planned late-night animated comedy block ADHD has found a way to grab the attention of its core audience of twenty and thirty-somethings. Based on this video, it's through 90's nostalgia, with space, 8-bit animation and oodles of 90s pop culture references crammed into a 3-minute tribute song and video, which reminds of days when "space was the coolest," MTV played music, and there was a bizarre but still somehow watch-worthy puppet comedy called Dinosaurs on TGIF.
Back in January, we learned that Fox was set to introduce some late night comedies to viewers for their Animation Domination High-Def block, which debuts this July. Not long after, we got our first introduction to one of the series with a preview for Axe Cop, an action-comedy based on a graphic novel from the minds of Ethan Nicolle and his five-year-old brother Malachai Nicolle. Fox debuted a new preview at WonderCon this weekend, which gives us a better look at the kinds of danger and adventure Axe Cop will be facing.
We learned last week when Fox made their presentation at the TCA's that the network had already lined up a few animated comedies for their planned Animation Domination High-Def (or ADHD as they're already referring to it), one of which is Axe Cop, an action-comedy that comes from five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his thirty-year-old brother Ethan Nicolle.
This summer, Fox is giving viewers something funny to watch on Saturday nights. Among the announcements made at Fox's presentation at the Winter TCA press tour was the line-up for Fox's planned Animation Domination High-Def late-night alternative animation programming block, which will air on Saturday nights starting in July.