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ANIMAL CONTROL With Joel McHale Renewed for Season 2. Filmed in Vancouver.

ANIMAL CONTROL With Joel McHale Renewed for Season 2. Filmed in Vancouver.

Fox comedy Animal Control, with Joel McHale as an animal control officer who prefers animals to humans, is renewed for season 2 of filming in Vancouver.

Thanks to a Super Bowl ad and a baby cougar licking Joel McHale’s face, Animal Control was Fox’s most-streamed scripted debut of all time.

Joel McHale story.

Wanna hear something crazy? This [Super Bowl] ad cost $3 million, and only half of that went toward my hair. — Joel McHale.

Animal Control follows a group of Seattle Animal Control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not. Joel McHale stars as Frank, an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room. A former cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, which may explain why he’s so cynical and curmudgeonly. He has an almost superhuman ability to understand animals. Humans…not so much.


Frank is assigned a new partner, Fred “Shred” Taylor (Michael Rowland), an optimistic rookie Animal Control officer. They both report into their sweet-natured and endearingly awkward boss Emily Price (Vella Lovell).  Amit Patel (Ravi Patel) and Victoria Sands (Grace Palmer) are also partners in the Animal Control office – though they could not be more opposite. Rounding out the precinct is veterinarian Dr. Summers (Alvina August), receptionist Dolores Stubb (Kelli Ogmundson) and Templeton Dudge (Gerry Dee), an Animal Control officer from a neighboring precinct with a real chip on his shoulder. 

Animal Control season one filmed in Vancouver as Seattle last Fall and in January.

Animal Control Northwest Seattle Division set at Marine Drive & Manitoba in Vancouver.

Francisco Lara / @Panchonroses image.

Writer/producers: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, Dan Sterling.

Cast: Joel McHale, Michael Rowland, Vella Lovell, Ravi Patel, Grace Palmer, Alvina August, Kelli Ogmundson, Gerry Dee.

Joel McHale and a snake.



Animal Control cast at a Vancouver Canucks game.

Ravi Patel story.

Animal Control is Fox Entertainment’s first owned live-action comedy.

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