Seth Meyers has been on a roll lately. News broke in May that he would be leaving his head-writer position at "Saturday Night Live" to pursue the host gig at "Late Night" in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon leaves the show to take over as host of "The Tonight Show." He became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, earlier this month. Now, Meyers is bringing something new to the table, and he's bringing a bunch of top-notch comedians along for the ride.
Meyers's newest project is an animated show about a ragtag group of superheroes who make up a once-celebrated team called "The Awesomes" (from which the show gets its title). Professor Doctor Awesome ("Prock" for short, played by Meyers) has taken over as leader in an attempt to rebuild the famous superhero group after his father's retirement and the subsequent disbanding of the Awesomes when the rest of its superpowered members quit.
Unfortunately, many of Prock's hopeful additions to the Awesomes did not have much interest in the opportunity. The group that has been assembled is atypical, but together they uphold the name that is "Awesome."
Watch a teaser trailer for "The Awesomes" below:
Professor Doctor Awesome ("Prock"), voiced by Seth Meyers ("Saturday Night Live")
Prock is the smart young leader of the Awesomes. He has taken over where his father, Mr. Awesome (Steve Higgins), left off — however, with the added stress of not having a team of superheroes to fall back on. It is therefore incumbent upon him to create a new crew of Awesomes. Decked out in his dapper blue turtleneck jumpsuit, complete with yellow letter "A" on the front, he's out to prove that the Awesomes superhero team is still as awesome as it once was.
Muscleman, voiced by Ike Barinholtz ("The Mindy Project")
He's "as strong as he is stupid," says Prock of his teammate Muscleman. The superhero is incredibly muscular, wearing a professional-wrestler-style uniform. He has enough body hair to make several toupees for needy bald men, but that is not his superpower.
Hotwire, voiced by Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation," "The Office")
Described as having an electric personality that's "too good to be true," Hotwire is the beautiful femme fatale of the group. She is Prock's love interest, but she doesn't know that.
Frantic, voiced by Taran Killam ("Saturday Night Live")
As his name would suggest, Frantic is both incredibly fast and perhaps a bit off-the-wall. He's the third-fastest human on Earth, a redneck, and described as "crazy." He's easily recognizable with his orange hair, golden eyes, and svelte figure, encased in a futuristic bodysuit of golden yellow and white.
Gadget Gal, voiced by Paula Pell ("Saturday Night Live")
An 85-year-old in a 25-year-old's body after being shot with a rejuvenation ray, Gadget Gal looks like an old-world superhero, with her hair in 1940s-esque curls and her classic-looking supersuit with fishnet tights, but her skill is in her many years of experience. And according to Prock, she has "no discernible old-person smell," which is certainly beneficial.
The Impresario, voiced by Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live," "All That," "Kenan & Kel")
Contained in his flamboyant magenta turban is a magic jewel that allows the Impresario to conjure up anything imaginable. And by "anything," we mean his mother. He is able to conjure up his mother doing anything, which is a skill, perhaps.
Sumo, voiced by Bobby Lee ("MADtv")
He may be an 11-year-old boy with a great GPA, but when he's angry, Tim turns into Sumo, a strong, powerful, and huge superhero. His rage could turn into a problem, though, should the Awesomes lose control over him.
Dr. Malocchio, voiced by Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live," "The Mindy Project")
Finally, the arch-nemesis of the bunch is an evil villain with slicked-back hair and a sinister-looking goatee. Malocchio's power is his ability to control minds, but he is also apparently able to bake a "flawless quiche."
"The Awesomes" premieres Aug. 1 on Hulu.
See some stills from "The Awesomes" in this slideshow:
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