Sit Down, Shut Up (Tv Series) 2009

Sit Down, Shut Up is an American animated television series created by Mitchell Hurwitz, based on the Australian sitcom of the same name. It is produced by Tantamount Studios, ITV Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, and Sony Pictures Television. The show airs on Fox.

Creator Mitch Hurwitz came up with the idea after watching the original Australian version of the show in 2000. Originally, he had planned the series to be live-action. However, after his attempts at selling the planned series failed, Hurwitz changed the mode to animation. The series was originally titled Class Dismissed. It was picked up by Fox in May 2008. It debuted on April 19, 2009 at 8:30 PM (EST) where it joined The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad! as part of Fox’s Animation Domination lineup, taking over the slot that was previously occupied by King of the Hill. However, due to low ratings, starting on May 3, it will begin airing at 7:00 PM (EST). It will also air on Global (and Fox) in Canada; the premiere dates in other parts of the world are not yet announced. The show was set up by Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development; and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum, from Two and a Half Men. Hurwitz wrote the first script and decided to take a more supervisory role. Josh Weinstein, a former writer for The Simpsons, is an executive producer. Bill Oakley, another Simpsons writer, was originally on board, but production of the series stopped during May 2008 due to a contract dispute between the staff and Sony, which resulted in Oakley ending his involvement with the show. Sony refused to offer a contract which operated under the complete terms of the Writers Guild of America. Eventually a compromise was reached and production resumed in June. Writers for the show include Josh Weinstein, Rich Rinaldi, Aisha Muharrar, Alex Herschlag, Laura Gutin, Dan Fybel, Aaron Ehasz, Michael Colton and John Aboud. In a May 2008 article, Variety reported that Regina King would have an unspecified role. The show attempts to focus the audience’s attention on the teachers. Animators were sent out to take many stills of locations outside, as they needed photos from every angle for their live-action background. Many scenes were filmed at Eagle Rock High School, while the scenes on front of the school were filmed at John Muir High School.
All the characters were originally designed by Mo Willems. They were redesigned by Karapet Keroglyan and Shannon O’Connor. The series “revolves around a group of ambivalent if not just plain crazy faculty at a small town Florida high school.”
* Ennis Hofftard, voiced by Will Arnett
o A bodybuilder who teaches English and always attempts to chase women. His catchprase is “Catchphrases are for losers. (TM MMIX Ennis Hofftard)” He is inept at thinking his plans through, usually causing even more trouble and never seems to think about anything unless it has something to do with a woman. Arnett noted that Ennis was one of the “dumber” characters he has played.
* Larry Littlejunk, voiced by Jason Bateman
o The gym teacher and only staff member that can teach. He refers to himself as Larry L since he hates his last name and his catchphrase is “Why can’t someone else teach P.E.?”. He is hopelessly in love with science teacher Miracle Grohe but at the same time can’t stand how stupid she is, leading him to insult her instead of tell her how he feels. In an early promo for the series, the character was named Larry Slimp.
* Miracle Grohe, voiced by Kristin Chenoweth
o A religious barefoot science teacher who often brings her infant son named Merch (who is obviously smarter than she is) to school. Her catchphrase is “Babies are gifts from God. Drummers are creeps.” Though she is a science teacher, she believes in things a science teacher wouldn’t (mother earth, mysticism, fortunes, etc). She is also very gullible. Comedian Maria Bamford was originally cast as Miracle Grohe but was later replaced by Chenoweth. The executives, however, still allowed Bamford to do some “side voices” on the show.
* Stuart Proszakian, voiced by Will Forte
o Assistant Principal, usually found in an extreme state of happiness due to raiding several students’ lockers for confiscated drugs. His catchphrase is “I need a catchphrase!” He is probably the most oblivious character in the show. Strangely enough, he says this catchphrase every time he leaves, which leads to mild applause from an unseen “audience”. Before becoming assistant principal he worked as a prison clown.
* Muhannad Sabeeh “Happy” Fa-ach Nuabar, voiced by Tom Kenny
o The secretive custodian. He speaks only in a foreign language, which is overdubbed by an English translation. Like many FOX shows that has a character who speaks a different language, many of the characters misconstrued what he says, and more often than not believes he said the exact opposite.
* Andrew LeGustambos, voiced by Nick Kroll
o The flamboyant and bisexual drama teacher. His catchphrase is “Speak up.” In Spanish, Andrew’s last name roughly translates to “he likes both”, a reference to his bisexuality. He is in love with both Miracle and Larry, hopping they get together so he could get together with them. According to voice actor Kroll, Andrew is (alongside Helen) a loser amongst losers. Kroll voices him to talk like a “modern day Snagglepuss”. In an early promo, the character was named Andrew Sapien.
* Helen Klench, voiced by Cheri Oteri
o The unappreciated librarian who often gets mistaken for objects such as brooms or toilet brushes. Her catchphrase is “Quiet down!”. She seems to have high levels of testosterone, which is balanced out by taking female hormone drugs. She wears a lot of make-up, so thick that a bee once got stuck in the side of her face. She also hates Sue Sezno.
* Sue Sezno, voiced by Kenan Thompson
o The acting principal who, as evidenced by her last name, never says “Yes.” Her catchphrase is “No.” She is also a hypocrite, clearly shown when she stated that she would have quit before firing any of the teacher, just to moments later fire Willard, and again when she pressured everyone to keep the School Fair fair, she cheated during the raffle.
* Willard Deutschebog, voiced by Henry Winkler
o A suicidal German teacher whose last name is a play on “douche bag”. His catchphrase is “If I belived in Reincarnation, I’d kill myself tonight”.
He’s constantly fretting about his job and is normally homeless to the point where he’s lived in the teachers lounge, the school’s giant football helmet, a bell at the commune Miracle lives at, a fortune teller machine and finally with Happy while disguised as a gypsy (every time countering the negatives with the line “what’s the catch?”).

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