Seth Meyers And ‘SNL’ Team To Develop Animated Superhero Series ‘The Awesomes’

The MTV mothership announced its slate of in-development programming this week, and among the titles announced is one particular project that should pique the interest of comic book fans.

“The Awesomes” is described as an animated half-hour series created by “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers and fellow SNL-er Mike Shoemaker that “follows an unassuming superhero and his cohorts as they battle evil villains, the paparazzi, and a less than desirable reputation as bumbling losers.”

The series will be produced by SNL chief Lorne Michaels’ production company, Broadway Video, with Meyers and Shoemaker serving as co-creators and co-writers. Meyers is no stranger to the comics world, having recently teamed with fellow SNL-er Bill Hader on the Marvel Comics one-shot story “Spider-Man: The Short Halloween.”

“The most exciting thing about creating content for MTV is that you can paint across a broad canvas,” said Tony DiSanto, President of Programming for MTV. “This allows us to play with different genres as our long history of hits clearly illustrates, from ’Beavis and Butthead’ to ’The Real World’ to ’The Hills.’ MTV is always evolving, and we are spreading our creative wings even further with this slate. From animation, to scripted, to comedy, as always, MTV is a home for talent to give life to their vision behind the camera, as well as in front of it.”

There is no schedule for the series at this point, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when it’s announced.

Think “The Awesomes” could be, well… awesome? What do you think of the SNL team’s forays into the comics world thus far? Sound off in the comment section!