TBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, has ordered 10 episodes of a new animated family sitcom called “Neighbors From Hell”, to be written and developed by Pam Brady, formerly of “South Park” fame. The series will feature the adventures of a group of demons from Hell who have been sent to the surface to surreptitiously help humans stay out of the infernal realm.
I know, hilarious, right? I don’t know about you, but I find tales of damnation and morality to be the very height of comedy.
So, without even having seen a single frame of animation or even a character sheet, here’s what I’m going to predict for this show: the demons’ mission will come about as a result of Hell being overwhelmed by sinners, to the point of capacity. With no room for new admissions, Satan will be forced to send agents to the surface to teach people how to live decent, law-abiding, God-fearing lives, thus clearing their way to Heaven.
Unfortunately, the team leader he dispatches will himself fall under the sway of humanity’s numerous vices and will spend most of his time indulging in the very excesses that he is meant to weed out of humanity. Hilarity and hijinks ensue. Keep an eye out for side-splitting political commentary as we make repeated trips to Hell to get advice and pep talks, where famous celebrities will be seen toiling in lakes of fire and being eternally tortured for the horrible lives they pursued on Earth. I’m telling you: this is comedy gold. Because nothing makes people laugh harder than the suffering of others … actually, that last part’s true. But my feeling is that this show, trying to compete with the likes of the surprisingly popular “Family Guy” and “American Dad”, will only succeed when Hell freezes over.
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