Hank Azaria has just been cast in Bordertown, Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming animated series on Fox. Azaria, a veteran voice actor on The Simpsons, voicing Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson, amongst others, will be voicing the lead character in MacFarlane’s Mexico border-set series.
Azaria is to voice Bud Buckwald, a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent. He is described as a man “who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighbourhood.” It’s only right then, that he live next door to Ernesto Gonzalez (Nicholas Gonzalez), “an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for the less-industrious native.” Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle and Judah Friedlander will also provide their voice talents.
The series will no doubt provide the chance for MacFarlane and co-producer Mark Hentemann to focus on the ever-prevalent issue of immigration in the States, which will surely entail musings on race, class and politics. There’s no word on when the series will air, but word is that it’s to premiere on Fox quite soon. Fingers crossed MacFarlane finds more luck with this than he did with his last animated outing, the cancelled Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show.