HOLLYWOOD, CA, January 6, 2003 – At the crossroads of "never happened" and "but wouldn’t it be cool?" lies a nether region of humor and absurdity where entertainment prospects have names like The Wizard of Osbournes and When Dirty Harry Met Sally. AMC brings actor/voice-over artist Mark Hamill ("The Joker" in Batman Beyond and in the animated series; "Hobgoblin" in Spider-Man, and, of course, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars), stop motion animator Carl Paolino (whose credits include Celebrity Deathmatch and Comedy Central's Small Doses), and writer Bob Underwood (Night Court, The Drew Carey Show) to its first-ever original animated series, THE WRONG COAST, premiering on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 8 PM.
Against the backdrop of an Access Hollywood-style show parody, THE WRONG COAST cross-pollinates celebrities and entertainment genres, creating sketches only made possible by rendering them in foam rubber animation. If Quentin Tarantino remade Snow White, or Woody Allen took on the superhero role of Spider-Man, only THE WRONG COAST would dare to cover it. It's an "out of this world" entertainment experience where nothing is sacred and everything is fair game.
"This series is a first for AMC in several important ways," said Robert Sorcher, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. "It's our first-ever animated show, which allows us the freedom to really stretch the boundaries of the parody genre. THE WRONG COAST provides a different perspective on movies and turns the visual language of entertainment on its head."
Adds Executive Producer Mark Hamill: "This series is appealing to many of us in the animation community who love doing impressions, and have fun during the sessions. The result is an offbeat, genuinely funny show."
AMC is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 84,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and an increasingly visible, critically-acclaimed, slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials. AMC has more than doubled its original programming over the past 3 years and garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including seven Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."
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