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Deadpool's trip from comic books to the big screen was a journey seemingly planned by someone as sordid as Deadpool himself, but its huge box office success has guaranteed the character's presence in our lives for years to come. Shockingly, though, his influence has already reached a new medium, as FXX put in a straight-to-series order for a predictably (and necessarily) adult animated action-comedy TV show based on the vigilante. And guess who's putting it all together? Donald "Young Lando 'Community and Atlanta' Calrissian" Glover, that's who.
That's right, the comedian who was once in the running to become a new Spider-Man (among fans, at least) is now the creator of an all-new series devoted to the off-color tales of the Merc with the Mouth and the chimichanga. More specifically, Donald and his brother Stephen Glover will be doing the writing and showrunning duties for the still-untitled Deadpool TV series, as well as the executive producing. Marvel Television is teaming with FX Productions for the project, and Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will be on board as EPs as well.
FXX will bring its two-dimentional Deadpool to fans in 2018, and the initial season order was for ten episodes. Not as much as we would have hoped for, mind you, but better than how many we had yesterday. And because FXX series generally don't require superb ratings in order to get renewed, Deadpool could be a TV mainstay for as long as the character is busting skulls in theaters. (They'll have to talk about his penis by then, right?)
Marvel Television is really upping its comedy game, after solely pumping dramas out across networks and Netflix. But we've got that New Avengers show coming, and now a Deadpool show, proving no one at Marvel is waiting for a learning curve in the mature content department. And really, it's a strangely ideal choice to get Donald and Stephen Glover as the creative force. Donald brought Stephen in as a writer for his stellar FX comedy Atlanta, which was my favorite TV show of 2016, and while we all knew that Season 2 wouldn't get here for a while due to its previously announced delay, I expected that delay to be more about Donald's role as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie. But if writing a bunch of hilarious and meta jokes for Deadpool is another factor, we're all in. After all, the two most meta and hilarious shows on TV in recent years have been FX's Archer and Glover's Community, so it's a perfect match.