Sit Down, Shut Up gets showrunners

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Fox's latest animated project is one step closer to becoming a series. Sit Down, Shut Up, from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, has found its showrunners, and they've got plenty of experience with toons.

Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, veteran writers for Fox's juggernaut The Simpsons, will oversee the project, says Variety. The show's status was up in the air, but with the addition of Oakley and Weinstein, all signs are pointing to go for a series order from the network.

Weinstein and Oakley worked as producers on The Simpsons in the mid-1990s, and also on Futurama from 2001 to 2002.

"To run Mitch's show, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Oakley told Variety. "It all worked out--Mitch wants to be in more of a supervisory role, like Ron Howard on Arrested."

Hurwitz wrote the pilot for Sit Down, Shut Up, which is based on a live-action Australian show about self-absorbed teachers at a small-town high school. Arrested Development cast members Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler, as well as comedians Cheri Oteri, Will Forte, Regina King, Tom Kenny, Nick Kroll, and Maria Bamford, have signed on to provide voices for the show.

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