Comic Strip Bloom County Will Become a TV Series Because We Need a Penguin to Help Us Laugh/Cry at the World

The ‘80s comic strip Bloom County is getting a primetime animated TV show on Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed is part of the project, revisiting characters such as Steve Dallas, Bill the Cat, and Opus the Penguin as they provide astute commentary on our world from a fictional small American town.

Breathed worked on the daily comic strip Bloom County from 1980 to 1989, when he abruptly stopped. In 2015, he started posting new Bloom County material on his Facebook page. This deal with Fox Entertainment suggests that he’s ready to dive back into Bloom County full time.

“At the end of Alien, we watched cuddly Sigourney Weaver go down for a long peaceful snooze in cryogenic hyper-sleep after getting chased around by a saliva-spewing maniac, only to be wakened decades later into a world STUFFED with far worse,” Breathed said in a statement. “Fox and I have done the identical thing to Opus and the rest of the Bloom County gang, may they forgive us.”

Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

Bloom County centers on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat and a penguin in briefs and fruit headwear living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place deep in the dandelion wilds of FlyWayWayOver country. To wit, today’s America at a glance.

Bloom County would likely join The Simpsons and Family Guy in Fox’s Sunday night lineup, and will undoubtedly comment on the awful craziness that is the current state of the United States. No news yet on when the TV series will premiere.


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