Hank Azaria to Voice Lead Cast in FOX’s Bordertown
In a press conference at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, FOX announced that Hank Azaria — the voice of Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Chief Wiggumon for FOX’s animated comedy, “The Simpsons” for two and a half decades — has been cast to voice Bud Buckwald in its upcoming animated comedy, “Bordertown.” The animated sitcom takes an objective view at shifts in cultural trends occurring in American families, politics and everything that fits between. “Bordertown” follows the lives of two families situated in Bordertown, hence the series’ title. Read further to learn more about the details.
Bordertown is a fictitious desert town in Texas located at the United States–Mexico border. Bud Buckwald is a border agent living with his wife, Janice Buckwald, the wisest member of the family (voiced by Alex Borstein). He has three children, namely: Becky, Sanford and Gert (voiced by Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander and Missi Pylerespectively). Becky is a socially challenged geek; Sanford thinks he’s all cool; and Gert is a five-year-old who’s obsessed with beauty pageants and has a pig for a pet.
Bud, feeling a bit old-fashioned, is slightly scared of the transformations happening within the neighborhood due to changes in cultural trends. His neighbor, whose family is another focus in the series, Ernesto Gonzalez (voiced by Nicholas Gonzalez), is an ambitious family man and an immigrant and lives happily with his family in the United States for less than 10 years. Making
a little better than Bud, the insecurity between the less inspired native and the immigrant turns out to create issues.
Besides providing voiceovers for multiple characters on “The Simpsons,” Azaria is also credited for his works and live action appearances in the films “The Birdcage” (1996), “Godzilla” (1998), “Mystery Men” (1999), “America’s Sweethearts” (2001), “Shattered Glass” (2003), “Along Came Polly” (2004), ‘Run Fatboy Run” (2007), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009) and “The Smurfs” (2011). Azria has also starred in the TV drama “Huff” (2004–2006), playing its titular character.
Azaria has won many awards which includes an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for “Tuesdays with Morrie” (1999) and three other Emmy Awards for his work on “The Simpsons.” Azaria has also been nominated for his role as “Agador Spartacus” for the Screen Actors Guild Award for the movie, “The Birdcage.” Azaria is set to appear on the hit TV crime drama “Ray Donovan.”
“Bordertown” is a 20th Century Fox Television production and is created by “Family Guy” writer, Mark Hentemann. It is executively produced by Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated series, “American Dad!” “Bordertown” will take the place of “American Dad!” which will be moving to TBS, replacing it in FOX’s “Animation Domination” line-up. It is set to appear on TV screens in spring 2015.
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