The Roku Channel Adds Its First Original Adult Animated Comedy
Roku announced Thursday that it will soon premiere its first adult animated series as part of its original program offerings on the streaming media company’s ad-supported The Roku Channel.
The series, called “Doomlands” is scheduled to make its debut on January 28th, and will draw viewers from Roku’s 56.4 million monthly active U.S. users,, according to the company’s most recent filing.
The series emerged from newcomer Josh O’Keefe’s university film project that was developed into a crowd-funded pilot. Josh Bowen of Look Mom! Productions then made it into a streaming TV series as the show’s executive producer.
The post-apocalyptic comedy focuses on two bartenders (voice actors Mark Little and Kayla Lorette) who sling beers across a hellish wasteland from their mobile pub called The Oasis.
“Facing ruthless desert gangs, memory-stealing creeps, and even mean bathroom graffiti, all this crew’s got to do to survive is not kill each other,” Roku said in its web site announcement.
The series will be available exclusively on The Roku Channel in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
“ ‘Doomlands’ is an homage to Ozploitation and Sci-Fi cinema, and after many years in development, I’m so stoked for it to debut on The Roku Channel,” O’Keefe said in a statement.
Bowen said the series was produced almost entirely throughout the pandemic from his mom’s basement with the help of “her home cooked meals.”
“Doomlands is ‘Mad Max’ meets ‘Cheers’ in the Mos Eisley Cantina, which is a major part of what originally attracted us to the concept,” Bowen stated. “…The final product is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of our team, and we’re so excited that it’s now a Roku Original.”
Colin Davis, head of original scripted programming at Roku, said the series will make O’Keefe a household name in animation.
“What he’s created with Doomlands is clever, laugh out loud funny, and indisputably wild, all while grounding the show in excellent characters. We feel so lucky to be the home to his brilliance,” he said.
Look Mom! Productions is a Blue Ant Media company specializing in original animated content for teens and adults. The company’s philosophy focuses on a creator-driven approach and prioritizes a collaborative process to produce content, Roku said. Its slate of programming includes Adult Swim Canada’s “Night Sweats,” VRV’s (USA) “Bigfoot,” and “Gary and His Demons” for Mondo Channel on VRV (USA), CBC Gem (Canada), Comedy Central (UK) and ABC Comedy (Australia). The company is also known for digital shorts such as “Don’t Feed the Humans,” “World Doctors,” and “Crack-Duck,” among others.
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By Greg Tarr
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