Sunday, March 20, 2022

Bloom County Returns


Look! Dandelions! And underpants!

By Claire Booth

One of my favorite casts of characters is coming to TV. Opus, Bill the Cat, Oliver Wendell Jones, Lola Granola and hopefully Rosebud the Basselope will be coming to Fox in an animated series. I can’t wait.

I grew up with the comic strip—which explains a lot about my adult mindset, actually. I recognize there are dandelions (peace, tranquility, happiness) to be had in life, but that you’ve got to get through a lot of Steve Dallas types to find them.

Part of my collection. Opus says hi.
Here’s the official series description, which is officially "in development," according to The Hollywood Reporter: “Bloom County centers on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat and a penguin in briefs and fruit headwear living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place deep in the dandelion wilds of FlyWayWayOver country. To wit, today’s America at a glance.”

I’m optimistic that this series will continue Fox’s fine tradition of prime-time animation. The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill—all shows that, to varying degrees, push boundaries. For Bloom County TV to succeed, it needs to do that in a big way. I have confidence that Berkeley Breathed will do that. I just have to hope that Fox will let him.


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