Though several trailers for FOX’s upcoming animated comedy “Axe Cop” have been shown using his voice for the title character, the network is only now officially confirming that Nick Offerman is indeed the axe-wielding lawman.
TV Guide reports that Offerman, who is also an executive producer on the show, was unable to receive credit due to his contractual obligations to NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” — until now.
FOX was set to credit “Axe Cop” for the voice of Axe Cop, but they can luckily scrap that silly idea. “We had this huge game play,” Animation Domination High-Def head Nick Weidenfeld says. “But now we can finally talk about Nick being involved. I wouldn’t have made the show if it hadn’t been for him. He’s so integral and important to the ‘Axe Cop’ story.”
Weidenfeld says that it was Offerman who e-mailed him about the “Axe Cop” comic book, about an unconventional crimefighter with a thick moustache, who sleeps only two minutes a night and eats nothing but birthday cake. “I checked it out, and he told me, ‘If you ever make this thing, I want to be Axe Cop,” Weidenfeld says. “From the beginning, he was this huge fan.”
When Weidenfeld moved from Adult Swim to FOX to head up ADHD, he made a deal for “Axe Cop” and called Offerman, who played an active part in the show’s development, though he couldn’t be credited for his work. “He understood that certain deals prevent certain things,” Weidenfeld says. “This is why you want to work with people like Nick.”
That passion is why Weidenfeld is so overjoyed about now being able to credit Offerman. “We were really giddy about it,” he says. “It’s not just that now he can do interviews or promote it on ‘Conan,’ but it’s the fact that he can be more visibly involved in something he believes in.”
“Axe Cop,” which debuts on July 27 at 11 p.m. ET as a part of FOX’s new Saturday late-night programming block, includes the voice talent of Megan Mullaly, Patton Oswalt and Ken Marino. The comic is based on stories from 5-year-old Malachi Nicolle, which were illustrated by his adult brother, Ethan Nicolle.
Be sure to check out a trailer for “Axe Cop” below: