HBO has announced that their Animals TV show will return for a third season on Friday, August 3rd. Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, this animated series revolves around animals who try to survive in New York City. In season three, “the genre-bending show visits a humanless, post-apocalyptic Big Apple, blending live-action and animated segments along with the show’s usual eclectic casting.”
Here’s the press release, which includes a long list of guest actors.
ANIMATED ADULT TELEVISION SERIES ANIMALS., CREATED BY PHIL MATARESE & MIKE LUCIANO, FROM DUPLASS BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS, RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON AUGUST 3, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
The animated adult television series ANIMALS. returns for its ten-episode third season FRIDAY, AUG. 3 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. From Duplass Brothers Productions, the show was created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano.
The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
ANIMALS. focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. For its wide-ranging third season, the genre-bending show visits a humanless, post-apocalyptic Big Apple, blending live-action and animated segments along with the show’s usual eclectic casting. It is a wholly unique season of television that has never been done before.
Matarese and Luciano executive produce, write and direct all of the episodes, and voice many of the characters on the show. Guests this season include: Awkwafina, Bob Balaban, Tom Bergeron, Kate Berlant, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Neil Casey, Marcia Clark, Dinosaur, Jr., Steve Dildarian, Edie Falco, Jon Gabrus, David Harbour, Jared Harris, Mary Holland, Jameela Jamil, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jane Kaczmarek, Lucy Liu, Carol Kane, Johnny Knoxville, Lauren Lapkus, John Leguizamo, Donna Lewis, Natasha Lyonne, Anthony Mackie, Tatiana Maslany, Demi Moore, Moby, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney, Princess Nokia, Aperna Nancherla, Tom Noonan, Soledad O’Brien, Cheri Oteri, Randall Park, Mel Rodriguez, Spencer Rothbell, Paul Rust, Amanda Seales, Michael Sheen, Aisha Tyler, Jacob Tremblay, Joe Wengert and many more.
Among the critical raves for the show, Vulture called it “one of the funniest, most idiosyncratic shows on television,” noting that the series “always fills a viewer with glee,” while Decider described ANIMALS. as an “offbeat hidden gem” and “bitingly funny.”
The animation for ANIMALS. was produced with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, the studio known for the TV series “Rick & Morty” and the feature film “Anomalisa.”
Guests on the first two seasons of ANIMALS. included: Jason Alexander, Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Katie Aselton, Scott Aukerman, Ike Barinholtz, Big Boi, Neil Casey, RuPaul Charles, Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Rob Corddry, Jon Daly, Andy Dick, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, John Early, Josh Fadem, A$AP Ferg, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Gordon, Judy Greer, Tony Hale, Dan Harmon, Tim Heidecker, Jonah Hill, Mary Holland, Pete Holmes, Mitch Hurwitz, Ice-T, Ellie Kemper, Kesha, Killer Mike, Harmony Korine, Nick Kroll, Lauren Lapkus, Tom Lennon, Jon Lovitz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Marc Maron, Demetri Martin, Danny McBride, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Gil Ozeri, Adam Pally, Vincent Pastore, Chelsea Peretti, Michael Pitt, Michael Rapaport, Jim Rash, Rachael Ray, A$AP Rocky, Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Scott, Ty Segall, Molly Shannon, Cobie Smulders, Dino Stamatopoulos, Wanda Sykes, Usher, Kurt Vile, Matt Walsh, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Erin Whitehead, John Witherspoon and Steve Zissis.
Season three credits: ANIMALS. was created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano; executive produced by Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass; executive produced, directed, written and voiced by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano; executive produced by Jen Roskind; produced by James Fino and Erik Vignau.
What do you think? Do you like the Animals TV show? Do you plan on watching season three on HBO?