[10/29/04 - 12:00 AM]
Tom Goes to the Mayor' Comes to Adult Swim NoV. 14

[via press release from Cartoon Network]

Tom Goes to The Mayor Comes to Adult Swim Nov. 14

New Series Created by Comedy Duo Tim and Eric and Executive Producer Bob Odenkirk

Tom Peters is full of ideas. The Mayor is eager to embrace almost any proposal, as long as it is accompanied by a snazzy Powerpoint presentation or a cool musical number. Tom Goes to The Mayor, a new animated comedy series from creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and executive producer Bob Odenkirk, will join Cartoon Network�s Adult Swim on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT).

Tom Peters is a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton. He brings his crackpot ideas to The Mayor, who invariably endorses them. From there, Tom Goes to The Mayor explores the comedic possibilities of government machinations, provincial thinking and tragically misguided civic pride. The series is written and produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who also provide voices for the two main characters. Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show with Bob & David, The Larry Sanders Show) is executive producer. Odenkirk, David Cross, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Patton Oswalt, Jeff Goldblum and Jeff Garlin will provide guest voices for the town�s assortment of oddballs and bureaucrats.

Tim and Eric met in 1994 as college freshmen at Temple University, helping each other out on film and video coursework. After graduation, they continued to work together, working in both New York and Philadelphia on strange short films. One of their first projects. �Tom Goes to The Mayor,� a short, dry conversation about a proposed buffet restaurant, was included in Penn University�s Institute of Contemporary Art and selected by the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema as a short film. In 2001, Tim and Eric compiled �Tom� and several others shorts onto a tape that they sent to all their comedy heroes, including Bob Odenkirk. He liked it. Together, these three developed �Tom Goes to The Mayor� as a TV series, which they pitched to Adult Swim, while Tim and Eric continued to make short films and perform in comedy showcases. In early 2004, Adult Swim gave the greenlight to the series.

Tom Goes to The Mayor has a unique animation style. Tim and Eric take still photographs of real actors, processing them with a computer filter. The various still poses are strung together to tell the story, in a fashion not unlike a school filmstrip. No �lip flap� and very little actual movement of arms, legs and objects are used. As a result, the series sets a new definition for the phrase �limited animation,� and establishes a compelling visual style.

Adult Swim is Cartoon Network�s highly rated block of animation for adults. Airing Sunday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT), with a replay from 2-5 a.m. (ET, PT). Adult Swim is #1 in its time period on all of ad-supported basic cable with adults 18-24 and adults 18-34. Adult Swim features original comedies including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; popular favorites like Family Guy and Futurama; and dynamic action-adventure shows like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and Inuyasha. -more-

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.�s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world�s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Foster�s Home for Imaginary Friends, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter�s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, a late-night block of animation for grown-ups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable�s highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network�s Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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