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    THE GOODE FAMILY (midseason series)

             “The Goode Family” is a new animated series from Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Beavis
    and Butt-head,” “Office Space”), John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (“King of the Hill,” “Blades of

           With standards always changing, no matter how hard you try to be good, it’s virtually
    impossible these days . . . especially for the Goode family.

            Meet Gerald and Helen Goode, a couple who live by the motto WWAGD (“What Would
    Al Gore Do?”). Gerald, a college administrator, and Helen, a community activist, are determined
    to obliterate their carbon footprint on the planet: They’re zealous vegans, they drive a hybrid,
    and they recycle everything possible. Even the family dog, Che, is vegan. In the words of Helen,
    all the Goodes want to do is buy organic apples and call minorities by their right names. But
    despite their best efforts, something always goes haywire with their politically correct plans.

            Like adopted son Ubuntu – Gerald and Helen thought they were doing the right thing by
    adopting a baby from Africa, only to learn that Ubuntu was South African . . . and white. Now a
    teenager, he eagerly tries to embrace the Goodes’ love of things like crafts and organic
    gardening, even though deep in his gene pool is a drive towards more blue collar pursuits like
    driving fast, using tools and violent sports. Teenage daughter Bliss is constantly mortified by her
    parents (especially her mom’s efforts to talk openly, girlfriend-to-girlfriend, about sex). Even Che
    is rebelling against his owners – he’s secretly depopulating the neighborhood of every stray
    squirrel, cat, rabbit and bird in search of a square meal.

            Their kids and dog aren’t the only ones who find the Goodes hard to understand. Helen’s
    SUV-driving, meat eating dad, Charlie, thinks her efforts to save the planet are just a waste of
    time. Neighbor Ray Johnson is bemused at the Goodes’ attempts to refer to him by the right
    ethnic catch phrase (“African American”? “Person of Color”?) and the constant drama unfolding
    right next door.

            “The Goode Family” is voiced by Mike Judge as Gerald, Nancy Carell as Helen, Dave
    Herman as Ubuntu, Linda Cardellini as Bliss and Brian Doyle Murray as Charlie. John Altschuler,
    Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally are executive producers of the
    series, which is produced by MRC and 3 Arts Entertainment.


    MIKE JUDGE, Gerald Goode, creator and executive producer
    Mike Judge considered cartooning a hobby while he toiled as bassist for Anson Funderburgh
    and Doyle Bramhall, but when MTV picked up his 1992 short, “Frog Baseball,” animation history
    was made. Judge was born in 1962 in Ecuador but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and
attended the University of California at San Diego. He had already earned a physics degree,
worked as an engineer and been a professional musician when MTV featured his animated
shorts on its show, “Liquid Television.” “Frog Baseball” hit a grand slam, and the network
simultaneously decided to spin off “Beavis and Butt-Head” into a show of its own, making him
the premier animator of the 1990s. The creation of these two teenage icons led to his next
equally successful project, FOX TV’s “King of the Hill.” Judge expanded his artistic endeavors into
directing films such as 1999’s cult classic, “Office Space,” featuring Jennifer Aniston, and his
underrated                       “Idiocracy,”                      with                       Luke
Wilson, as well as doing voices for “South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut” and acting in Robert
Rodriguez’ “Spy Kids” series. Writer, actor, producer, director, composer, animator, musician…
Mike judge is many things, but nothing beats making it okay for grownups to hold up their
hands and proclaim, “I am Cornholio!”

Judge is currently in post-production on his latest film project, “Extract,” which he wrote and

Nancy Carell is an alumna of Boston College, where she was a member of the popular campus
improv group, My Mother’s Fleabag. She got her start in comedy at The Second City, and from
there went on to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” She also made several appearances as a
correspondent and guest host on “The Daily Show.” Carell has been a recurring character on the
comedy series “The Office” as Carol Stills, the real estate agent and former girlfriend of Michael
Scott. Her feature film work includes “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Anger Management.” She
and her husband, Steve Carell, have two children.

Linda Cardellini is well known for her portrayal of Nurse Samantha Taggart on the NBC series
“ER.” She has reprised her role, which she originated in 2003, as the show begins its 15th and
final season. Cardellini first came to prominence starring as academic decathlete Lindsay Weir
on the Emmy Award-winning series “Freaks and Geeks,” which has recently enjoyed a
renaissance on DVD.

In 2005 Cardellini delivered a heartfelt performance as a jilted lover in Ang Lee’s highly
acclaimed, award-winning drama, “Brokeback Mountain.” Last year she starred with Val Kilmer
and Steve Zahn in the epic miniseries “Comanche Moon.” During her summer hiatus she filmed
a lead role in the feature film “The Lazarus Project,” starring alongside actor Paul Walker and
directed by John Glenn. She also had a starring role in the ensemble film “American Gun” for IFC

Cardellini captured the hearts of young girls, boys and teenagers worldwide for her portrayal of
Velma in Warner Bros.’ popular “Scooby-Doo” and “Legally Blonde,” as well as in the Adam
Sandler produced comedy, “Grandma’s Boy.”

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University and completed
a summer study program at the National Theatre in London. She has appeared in many stage
productions in the Los Angeles area, where she currently resides.

DAVID HERMAN, Ubuntu Goode
David Herman graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and
Performing Arts. He was one of the eight original cast members of Fox’s late night sketch
comedy show, “Mad TV.” In 1997 he began doing voice work on the Fox animated sitcom “King
of the Hill,” where he met writer/director/actor Mike Judge. He was so impressed with Herman
that he cast him as Michael Bolton in his critically acclaimed cult hit, “Office Space.” He also
began doing voices for the animated sitcom “Futurama.”
Brian Doyle Murray began his career at Chicago’s Second City and since has appeared in such
films as “Daddy Day Camp,” “Nearing Grace,” “Snowdogs,” “Bedazzled,” “Drowning Mona,”
“Stuart Little,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Jury Duty,” “Cabin Boy,”
“Coneheads,” “Groundhog Day,” “Wayne’s World,” “JFK,” “Nothing But Trouble,” “Christmas
Vacation,” “How I Got Into College,” “Ghostbusters II,” “The Experts,” “Scrooged,” “Club
Paradise,” “Legal Eagles,” “The Razor’s Edge,” “Sixteen Candles” and “National Lampoon’s
Vacation.” His television work includes “Yes, Dear,” “Lucky,” “Family Guy,” “King of The Hill,”
“Seinfield,” “Ellen,” “The Martin Short Show,” “Married with Children,” “Roseanne,” “Bakersfield
PD” and many others. In addition he appeared in over 50 episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and
was nominated for three Emmy Awards for writing for the series. As a writer, he also co-wrote
the hit comedy film, “Caddyshack.”


MIKE JUDGE, creator / executive producer (see cast bios)

JOHN ALTSCHULER & DAVE KRINSKY, executive producers
John Altschuler grew up in Carbondale, Illinois and then Greenville, North Carolina. Dave Krinsky
grew up in Boston and then Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They met at the University of North
Carolina Chapel Hill, where they created the first student produced comedy show on UNC
Student Television. They then wrote for the now defunct humor magazine, National Lampoon,
before moving to Hollywood to spend a few glorious years as production assistants (errand
boys) on various movies and commercials. Their first professional job was on the World Wide
Pants-produced “The High Life” series for HBO, before moving on to “King of the Hill” for 12
years. They’ve been the executive producer/showrunners for the last seven years.

In feature films they co-wrote “Blades of Glory,” starring Will Ferrell, and are independently
producing Mike Judge’s new movie, “Extract,” starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben
Affleck. They’re also producing the Napoleonic War comedy, “The Adventures of Brigadier
Gerard,” from the script based on the short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Altschuler and
Krinksy have received several Emmy nominations and have won an Environmental Media Award.

MICHAEL ROTENBERG, executive producer
Michael Rotenberg, manager, producer and partner at 3 Arts Entertainment, plays an integral
role in the development and production of both television and film properties, as well as
shepherding the careers of some of today’s performers, writers and directors.

Born and raised in Toronto, Rotenberg attended the University of Toronto and York University,
where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his JD/LLB degree from the
University of Windsor in 1981 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1982 and the Ontario,
Canada Bar in 1983. Moving to Los Angeles in 1983, Rotenberg worked in Legal Affairs for Film
Packages, Inc. and was vice president of Business Affairs for The Samuel Goldwyn Company. He
went into private practice at Loeb and Loeb from 1987-1989, and then was Of Counsel at
Gipson, Hoffman and Pancione for two years. In 1991 Rotenberg co-founded 3 Arts
Entertainment, a management and production company which represents talent and has
branched into the production of motion pictures and television.
Rotenberg has produced the feature films “Office Space,” “Head of State,” “Down to Earth,”
“Son-in-Law,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Encino Man,” “Man About Town,” “Idiocracy” and “Reign
Over Me.” He is currently producing Mike Judge’s next movie, “Extract.”

In television, as a multiple Emmy-Award winner, he is currently executive-producing “King of the
Hill,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” ”It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “Howie Do It” and CNN’s “D.J.
Hughley Breaks the News.” Other credits include the Emmy Award-winning, “The Chris Rock
Show,” the Emmy nominated series “The Mind of the Married Man,” “Weekends at the
D.L.,” “The Hughleys” and “The Howie Mandel Show” for syndication. Rotenberg also produced
Emmy and Ace Award-winning comedy specials such as Chris Rock’s “Bring the Pain,” “Bigger
and Blacker” and “Never Scared,” Howie Mandel’s “Hooray for Howiewood,” Dave Chapelle’s
“Killin’ Them Softly” and D.L. Hughley’s “Going Home.”

TOM LASSALLY, executive producer
Tom Lassally is a manager/producer at 3 Arts Entertainment. As a feature film producer, he has
numerous projects in various stages of development and production. He has recently produced
“Henry Poole is Here,” which was acquired by Overture Films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival,
and “Creek,” directed by Joel Schumacher, which will be released by Lionsgate in 2009. He is
also an executive producer on “Extract,” starring Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck, written and
directed by Mike Judge, which is in post-production and will be released by Miramax later this

Lassally is currently developing such features as “Brigadier Gerrard” for Media Rights Capital,
Mandate Pictures’ “Monkey’s Paw,” 2929 Production’s “Clear Winter Noon” and “Time-Out,”
which is set up at Paramount Vantage. His past producing credits include “Stay,” directed by
Marc Forester, and “First Snow,” starring Guy Pierce.

In addition to his numerous film projects, Lassally is active in television. Along with “The Goode
Family,” he also recently produced a pilot for Comedy Central, “The Scarriest Show on

Before working in management, Lassally was a long-time executive at Warner Bros., where he
rose to executive vice president in 1995. During his eight year tenure, he shepherded over 25
motion pictures to the screen, including “Dave,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Doc Hollywood,” “Heat,”
“A Time to Kill,” “Batman Forever,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Wild Wild West,” “Analyze This,” “The
Hudsucker Proxy” and “Any Given Sunday.” He began his career working for Bob Pittman at
Warner Communications Inc., shortly after graduating from NYU’s Film School.

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