Azaria and Borstein still America’s preeminent voice actors on television cartoons.
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Hank Azaria and Alex Borstein, or, rather, their voices, have been tapped to star in “Bordertown, ” a new, animated comedy for Fox Television. The show will be executive poduced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
Known for the multiple characters that he has voiced for the last twenty five years on The Simpsons: Mo Syzlak, Chief Wiggum and Homer Simpson’s co-worker Carl, on Bordertown Azaria will voice a politically out-of-touch Border Patrol agent named Bud Buckwald, married and father of three. The show will deal with changing attitudes in America regarding immigration.
Bud Buckwald is threatened by America’s new cultural diversity.
Bud just happens to live next door to Latino immigrant Ernesto Gonzalez, who has only lived in America for ten years. Bud feels inferior to Ernesto because the latter makes more money than he does.
Azaria will be joined on the new show by Family Guy veteran Alex Borstein, who will voice Bud’s wise but oblivious wife – similar to the role she has as the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy. She also plays his socially awkward daughter Becky.
The cast will also include Judah Friedlander, who played one of the writers on 30 Rock (with a passion for baseball caps and a natural slouch).
“Bordertown” was created and written by Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann. The show does not yet have a premiere date, but has already booked a slew of famous guest voices like Jane Fonda, Willem Dafoe, Nick Offerman, Julie Bowen, Liam Neeson, Allison Janney, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis, Kim Kardashian, Megan Mullally, Bill Hader and Aziz Ansari.
Born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Queens, NY, Hank Azaria got his start with bit parts on television shows throughout the 1980s. In addition to The Simpsons, the 50-year-old actor appeared in a number of episodes of Friends as Phoebe’s nerdy, scientist boyfriend.
Alex Borstein is from Illinois, and besides her role on Family Guy, she was in Mad TV and can be seen as a nurse in a geriatric ward on HBO’s Getting On.