Axe Cop” breaking into Saturday late-prime on FOX

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Axe Cop

Axe Cop

Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, the new ani­ma­tion unit cre­ated by Fox Broad­cast­ing Com­pany, has acquired the rights to the hit comic phe­nom­e­non Axe Cop, Nick Wei­den­feld, head of Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, announced Tuesday.

Axe Cop will pre­miere as part of FOX’s new Sat­ur­day late-prime Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD block (11 to 12:30 p.m. ET/PT), debut­ing in 2013, and across dig­i­tal platforms.

Axe Cop is one of the most cre­ative, hilar­i­ous and nat­u­rally viral comic prop­er­ties to emerge in the last decade,” Wei­den­feld said. “I’ve hoped some­one would adapt Axe Cop for tele­vi­sion for years, and couldn’t be hap­pier that we get to be that some­one. Axe Cop has all the mak­ings of an iconic ani­mated series, and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Sat­ur­day ani­ma­tion lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in devel­op­ment by Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Addi­tional aus­pices will be announced.

The Axe Cop Web comic was cre­ated by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan, and chron­i­cles the adven­tures of an axe-wielding police offi­cer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Writ­ten by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five install­ments of Axe Cop were put online on Jan­u­ary 25, 2010 and went viral in a mat­ter of days.

Three days after AxeCop.com went live, it was fea­tured as Enter­tain­ment Weekly’s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Inter­net meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult sta­tus and promi­nent recog­ni­tion in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the Web, and through var­i­ous media circuits.

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