Fox adding “Allen Gregory,” “Napoleon Dynamite”

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Allen Gre­gory

Allen Gre­gory” is the new ani­mated com­edy join­ing Fox’s Sun­day Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion lineup this fall, the net­work announced Mon­day dur­ing its annual pro­gram­ming pre­sen­ta­tion at The New Bea­con The­atre in New York.

Cre­ated by and fea­tur­ing the voice of Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek, Super­bad), Allen Gre­gory is the story of an extremely pre­ten­tious 7-year-old about to embark on his great­est chal­lenge yet: leav­ing the safety of home­school­ing and attend­ing ele­men­tary school with chil­dren his own age. It’ll air from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dyna­mite

Based on the hit cult clas­sic and fea­tur­ing the voices of the film’s orig­i­nal cast, Napoleon Dyna­mite is the new ani­mated com­edy pre­mier­ing in mid­sea­son. The series fol­lows the con­tin­u­ing adven­tures of Napoleon Dyna­mite, America’s most awe­somely awk­ward teenager, and his quirky fam­ily and friends as they nav­i­gate life in rural Idaho. It’ll be seen from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Sun­days as well.

When he looks in the mir­ror, Allen Gre­gory de Long­pre doesn’t see a child. He sees a young man who is intel­li­gent, sophis­ti­cated, worldly, artis­tic and roman­tic — char­ac­ter­is­tics he inher­ited from his dot­ing father Richard (French Stew­art, Pri­vate Prac­tice, 3rd Rock from the Sun).

The pair share an extra­or­di­nary father-son bond — a bond that is some­times annoy­ingly inter­rupted by Richard’s life part­ner Jeremy (Nat Faxon, The Cleve­land Show, Reno 911!), for whom Allen Gre­gory has min­i­mal respect, if any at all. They live together in a stun­ning archi­tec­tural loft, along with Julie (Joy Osman­ski, Grey’s Anatomy), Allen Gregory’s adopted Cam­bo­dian sister.

Although Allen Gre­gory has allegedly com­posed operas, writ­ten nov­els and dated Chloe Sevi­gny, he’s about to embark on his great­est chal­lenge yet: leav­ing the safety of his father’s home­school­ing and attend­ing ele­men­tary school with chil­dren his own age. His jour­ney will be a strug­gle, not only with the other kids at school, but with the fac­ulty as well.

Whether it’s the all-out rivalry with Gina Winthrop (guest voice Leslie Mann, Funny Peo­ple), his by-the-book sec­ond grade teacher; his unique rela­tion­ship with Judith Got­tlieb (guest voice Renée Tay­lor, How I Met Your Mother), his 68-year-old prin­ci­pal; or his des­per­ate desire to be best friends with Joel Zadak (guest voice Jake John­son, Get Him to the Greek), the school’s pop­u­lar stud, Allen Gre­gory has his work cut out for him.

With the help of his trusty friend and assis­tant Patrick Van­der­weel (Cristina Pucelli, Fin­ley The Fire Engine) and the sup­port of Super­in­ten­dent Stew­art Ross­myre (Will Forte, Sat­ur­day Night Live), who believes the De Long­pres are a tremen­dous asset to the school, Allen Gre­gory won’t have to get his hands too dirty. Allen Gre­gory is about an out­sider. And while he may put on a tough exte­rior, deep down, all Allen Gre­gory wants is to fit in. Well, that, and for Julie to run away and never be seen or heard from again. And Jeremy, too.

Pro­duced by 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion and Chernin Enter­tain­ment, Allen Gre­gory was cre­ated by Hill, Andrew Mogel and Jar­rad Paul. Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers are Hill, Mogel, Paul, Peter Chernin, Kather­ine Pope and David A. Goodman.

The orig­i­nal cast from Napoleon Dyna­mite — Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Mar­tin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader — will voice their char­ac­ters in the series of the same name, and many new char­ac­ters will be added along the way.

Napoleon Dyna­mite (Heder) is a 16-year-old boy con­vinced — for no appar­ent rea­son — that he is des­tined for great­ness and blessed with unlim­ited “sweet abil­i­ties.” He spends his days prac­tic­ing ninja moves, draw­ing ligers, soul danc­ing, and brag­ging about his “girl­friend in Okla­homa” whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon’s brother Kip (Ruell) is an unem­ployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amaz­ing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons.

The Dyna­mite broth­ers live with Grandma (Mar­tin), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon’s allies include Pedro (Ramirez), his unflap­pable best friend who has recently been elected class pres­i­dent; and Deb (Majorino), an incred­i­bly sweet girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of some­day being his wife.

Napoleon’s Uncle Rico (Gries) lives out of an orange cus­tom van, where he obsesses over his botched high school foot­ball career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous. Then there’s Rex Kwon Do (Bader), a self-proclaimed martial-arts mas­ter who runs the local dojo. Guest voices in the debut sea­son include Jen­nifer Coolidge (Amer­i­can Pie, Legally Blonde), Sam Rock­well (Choke) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Con­chords).

Napoleon Dyna­mite is pro­duced by 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion. Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike Scully are the creators/executive producers.

Fox series return­ing in 2011-12 include Amer­i­can Dad! (Sea­son 7), Bob’s Burg­ers (Sea­son 2), The Cleve­land Show (Sea­son 3), Fam­ily Guy (Sea­son 9), and The Simp­sons (Sea­son 23).

Keep up with all the new series on the Fox 2011-12 prime­time sched­ule at or by becom­ing fans of the series on Face­book and fol­low­ing the series on Twit­ter at the fol­low­ing URLs:

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