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HBO Renews ‘Animals’ for Third Season

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Mark and Jay Duplass serve as exec producers on the animated series, which wraps its second season Friday.

HBO is sticking with Animals.

The pay cabler has renewed the animated comedy for a third season. The pickup comes ahead of the half-hour’s second season finale, premiering Friday evening.

The series centers on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano created the comedy, and write and direct all the episodes. The duo exec produce with Mark and Jay Duplass through their Duplass Brothers Productions banner. The animation for the series hails from Community creator Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty, Anomalisa).

In addition to Matarese and Luciano, who also do voices on the show, Animals has lured impressive vocal talents including Aziz Ansari, Ellie Kemper, Danny McBride, RuPaul, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Emilia Clarke, Ice-T and Jonah Hill, among many others.

The project earned a two-season pickup from HBO in spring 2015 shortly after the network debut of the Duplass brothers’ Togetherness. Although Togetherness was ultimately canceled after two seasons, HBO has remained in business with the actors-writers-directors on a number of projects, including Animals as well as their upcoming comedy anthology series Room 104, which debuts in July.

HBO’s original comedy slate also includes Veep, Silicon Valley, Ballers, Insecure, Divorce, Vice Principals, High Maintenance, Crashing and the upcoming return of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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