When most of us think of M. Night Shyamalan, we probably don't think of comedies. The lucky ones probably think The Sixth Sense or Signs; the less lucky probably think Lady in the Water or The Last Airbender. That may soon change, as the man known for his genre films and twist endings is delving into animated comedy with a show that could be unlike anything else on TV. Shyamalan is teaming up with a Family Guy writer for a Fox animated comedy called Eleven Little Indians.
Eleven Little Indians will be a comedy that centers on a very large Indian family tree with three very different branches. One branch has successfully managed the American dream while another has just arrived in the U.S. to try for the same ideal, but their naiveté in a new country could work against them as they try to succeed in mainstream American culture. Meanwhile, the third branch of Eleven Little Indians will have gone completely bonkers by the time the story kicks off. Variety reports that M. Night Shyamalan is on board as an executive producer. Fox bought a script for the series, so the network clearly has some degree of faith in the project.
M. Night Shyamalan will be joined in producing Eleven Little Indians by the aforementioned Family Guy scribe Alex Carter, whose credentials add some legitimacy to the idea of a comedy from the man who mostly produced big screen dramas. Carter has extensive experience with animated comedy thanks to his work as a writer and producer on Family Guy, so he and Shyamalan could be a weirdly ideal team to bring a quirky comedy to Fox.
Eleven Little Indians will actually be M. Night Shyamalan's second series for Fox. The first is/was sci-fi mystery series Wayward Pines, which ran for two seasons so far as a summer primetime offering on Fox. Eleven Little Indians sounds quite different from Wayward Pines, a twist in itself, but Fox is likely the ideal home for the new series, since it's a network known for a successful animated comedy block. Eleven Little Indians could have an easy time attracting an audience to give it a try, even though every animated show hasn't had the success of a Simpsons or Family Guy, so there may be no better place for Shyamalan's series.
M. Night Shyamalan has another upcoming TV project in the works as well, although not for Fox. He's on board to bring the Tales from the Crypt reboot to TNT as an executive producer. Assuming that Eleven Little Indians makes it to the Fox lineup sooner rather than later, Shyamalan could have two series on the air at the same time.
Only time will tell if Eleven Little Indians will be enough of a success to help M. Night Shyamalan make a name for himself in another small screen genre. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what shows you can watch while we wait for more details about this new project.