Fox is getting into animated comedy. I know that statement is probably a little redundant with Sunday’s block of humor, so let me try again. Fox is getting into late night animated comedy, on the weekend. Saturday Night Live may soon have direct competition during its hour and a half of irreverent, celebrity soaked, comedic sketches.

At least, if Fox gets a brand new programming block together in a timely fashion. According to Fox President Kevin Reilly, the network has hired a new comedy honcho to run a late-night animated programming block, which will air on Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. ET. Nick Weidenfeld, the former head of Adult Swim, is on board to run the programming unit, with The Andy Milinakis Show's Hend Baghdady tapped to head production. Though the new block will run during SNL, with Weidenfeld on board, perhaps a more direct competitor would be Adult Swim, which runs its animated late night block beginning at 9 p.m. ET and running through the night.

Although I’m unsure if even Fox can topple the Adult Swim programming that ranks so well with young men, they sure as hell seem prepared to try. Beginning in January of 2013, the network will roll out four new shows per season. The series will be supplemented with various shorts. Additionally, the network plans to feature a digital channel along with its new Saturday content. The channel will roll out sometime this year and will feature extras from Fox shows, as well as 50 shorts a year. Users will even be able to "engage with Fox-curated content", which might very well then be channeled into mainstream programming. Sort of how The Annoying Orange is getting its own series, although I can’t for the life of me figure out how that will translate into full episodes.

TV Blend will keep you posted when Fox gets closer to rolling out the new programming block.

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