Animation, as they keep saying, is having a moment. Unions are encouraging writers to pivot to the industry from live action. Animation studios are expanding as a result of remote working. Live-action shows are turning to animation to complete episodes. And now, remarkably, a series has entirely converted from live action to animation.
No Activity, the formerly live-action comedy about hapless detectives, will return for its fourth season as a fully animated show. The leads, Patrick Brammall and Tim Meadows, will return to voice their characters on the CBS All Access series.
Brammall and Trent O’Donnell, who both developed and executive-produce the show, said: “We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities animation will open up for the No Activity universe. We love drawing and have always wanted to express ourselves creatively in that medium. Then the network saw our drawings and said they would be more comfortable hiring actual animation people. Our feelings were hurt but we’re still very excited.”