‘The Goode Family’ Gets A Second Chance On Comedy Central

by | January 11, 2010 at 8:31 PM | Interviews

The Goode Family‘ has found new life at Comedy Central.

The animated series, created by ‘King of the Hill’ and ‘Office Space’ masterminds John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky and Mike Judge, was dropped from ABC’s lineup last summer.

Luckily, that lover of cutting-edge shows, Comedy Central, saved the day and is airing the original 13 episodes. New episodes will go into production if audiences tune in.

How do the creators of the show feel about the big move? Altschuler and Krinsky talked to Fancast about why the Media Rights Capital-produced ‘Goode Family’ is a better fit for Comedy Central, censorship troubles, possible new story lines, and how they took the death of Brittany Murphy, one of the stars of their influential series, ‘King of the Hill.’

‘The Goode Family’ now airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

You worked for years with Brittany Murphy on ‘King of the Hill.’ Where were you when you heard the news that she had passed away?
Johnathan: I was in my house and I got an email that said ‘Can you believe about Brittany?’ and I didn’t know what it meant. I simply did not believe it for days. It just seemed unreal because she was a delightful, funny, comic actress who was always a pleasure to work with. To be totally honest, for me, it’s still not real. She was a goof, she was fun, she was appreciative and she wasn’t looking for trouble. You know, there are some people always looking to stir the pot, looking for the bad. She was just the opposite.

Dave: I had the same reaction. It was disbelief. She was someone who truly lit up a room when she walked in. She had such a good spirit and such good energy. It seemed like such a tragic waste.

‘The Goode Family’ is a very liberal-minded family. Does the show cross political boundaries?
John Altschuler: We’re not really interested in politics, but in society and the societal things going on around us. The Goode family to us is simply a likable focus for all these interesting phenomena around us.

Dave Krinsky: The show is about relatable, every day things that happened to all of us (and we have a mix of Republican, liberal, and conservatives on our team). It’s a mix of stuff that we’re all dealing with.

What made you decide on Comedy Central?
John: That’s one thing we’re so excited about with Comedy Central. One thing they pointed out – it was kind of nice there was interest from several other places – but Comedy Central made a strong pitch that they were the right place because they have social commentary humor, and they have animation. It feels like a really good fit. You can see how an audience that’s used to ‘South Park’ and ‘Colbert’ and ‘The Daily Show’ would be open to a show like ours, where we have all sorts of goofy characters like Gutterball or the Freegan character. It just feels right.

What was going through your mind when you realized that you were no longer going to be on ABC?

John: It was disappointing, but the fact is, Dave and I and Mike have recognized that a lot of what we do takes people a little while to get used to. Like ‘Office Space,’ for instance. We knew that with ‘Goode Family,’ people would have to wrap their heads around our type of humor. We decided from the very beginning, let’s do something good, let’s do something relevant and let’s hope for the best.

What were some of the obstacles you were up against over at ABC?
John: It was disappointing because we were on in the summer, we were on at 8:30…those are all obstacles that I don’t think any show could have gotten over. But when you make a good show that you are passionate about and that’s funny, you have a shot at another life, and that’s what Comedy Central gave us.

Is it going to be easier to get past the censors at Comedy Central than it was at ABC?
John: The main thing we found so fascinating is that the social-political comedy – we didn’t expect that stuff to be censored because we don’t do scatological. It’s easier to be scatological and to do sex jokes than it is to make fun of the world we live in. Comedy Central has ‘South Park,’ ‘Colbert,’ where all they do is make fun of the social world around us. So hopefully that will be a very freeing experience.

Dave: But we are not trying to push the boundaries, we’re not excited to push past any censor. We just wanted to tell stories to tackle these ideas. And to do so at Comedy Central without looking over our shoulder is very liberating.

What should fans of the show do to help?
John: Any fans of the show who are adept at social network sites can help. We just have to get the word out there to build the excitement, tell their friends, and introduce them to the show. It’s very important that our numbers go up week to week. What we’re asking all our fans to do is on their homepages, their Twitters, anything they can do to let their friends know we’re on at 10pm on Mondays on Comedy Central.

What could potentially come up for the Goodes if you are able to do more episodes?
John: What we love is this whole thing of trying to do good and the unintended consequences of it. There’s this one that’s very funny – the Goode family is very much into alternative energy sources so they get a petition going so that their town has to get a majority of their power from wind mills. But then they find out that they are chewing up the migrating geese. Well, Gerald and Helen don’t want to hurt the Geese so they petition against the mills. So now their town is completely dark and being descended upon by rabid Canadian geese. Also with all that’s coming out about all this climate stuff … what better people to tackle this issue than the Goode family?