HBO Max is loading up prior to the May 27 launch, both with things that will be immediately available and with original content that will be hitting the streaming service down the line. Adding to the list is a new, adult, animated series, Santa Inc. which will feature voice performances by Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen.
Santa Inc. is brought to us by writer/showrunner Alexandra Rushfield, creator of Shrill, and while that might not immediately suggest an animated, holiday comedy, it hopefully suggests something with a lot of laughs.
The story of the show is that of Candy Smalls (Silverman), the highest-ranking female elf at the North Pole, whatever that means exactly. Now, in order to set the stage for something that is going to take us in somewhat bizarre, new areas of holiday tradition, the successor to Santa Claus (Rogen) is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve. What that can possibly mean is anyone’s guess, but with the unbelievable vacuum in the Christmas hierarchy, Candy takes her shot at her ultimate dream, becoming the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.
It’s enough to know that this eight-episode, half-hour series is very likely to be a great addition, but it’s telling insofar as the kind of offerings HBO Max is looking for.
“I have long dreamed of a taking a beloved holiday tradition and adding a feminist agenda and some R rated comedy and when I read this script from Ali, with Seth and Sarah attached to voice, I knew that it was a perfect fit for us at Max.” said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president original comedy and animation.
“Sarah and Seth are the perfect comedy duo for this empowering and very funny animated series shepherded by the hysterical Alexandra Rushfield,” said Lionsgate Head of Scripted Development Scott Herbst. “We look forward to diving into the world of animation with our Point Grey partners, and to bring the holidays to HBO Max in a totally unexpected and fresh way.”