Television: Fox Gets Superanimated

Don't have a cow, man, but the network that Bart Simpson has called home for the past nine years is now betting its future on three new cartoon series

In the pilot episode of the Fox network's new animated sitcom The PJs, Thurgood Orenthal ("Goody") Stubbs, the superintendent of an inner-city housing project, tries to chase a swarm of vagrants out of his embattled building. "Well, I'd love to stay and chat," says one, a series regular named Smokey, "but crack don't smoke itself."

Is this the future of network television? Fox is sure hoping it is. One of the few breakout shows last year was Comedy Central's scabrous South Park, and the year before, Fox had its own success with that animated paean to redneck Texas, King of...

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