Emmy award winning comedian Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) and animator Mike Salva made an animated short called Death Row Diet about a prison inmate who is on death row as well as Weight Watchers. The short was successful at film festivals such as the New York Television festival, during which it won an award for TV pilots. However, when studio funding was pulled from plans to expand the short into an animated series, the creators did what all creative types who are strapped for cash do in 2013 and turned to Kickstarter. Their plan is to make an animated series featuring the main character’s life in prison, and will release the series on streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix. The rewards for donating money range from standards such as digital downloads or a credit at the end of the episode to having Mike Salva and show writer Sean Parrott personally clean your bathroom.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on July 11, and has raised $988 of its $20,000 goal so far. If you’re a fan of Weight Watchers, prison humor or Jonathan Katz without squiggle vision, you might want to think about donating. Meanwhile, you can check out the short that inspired the tentative series after the jump.