In what calls itself “the most punk rock puppet show ever,” Welcome to Anhedonia just wrapped up its first season. Welcome to Anhedonia is the story of Jef Connectorkit, who is half man and half puppet, and his three puppet roommates. Philadelphia punk rocker Rodney Anonymous (of the Dead Milkmen,) former Geek of the Week Nikki Black, and many other Philadelphia talents are featured on the show, which is produced by the city’s own ScrappleTV.
After the success of the first four-episode season, what’s next for Jef and his roommates? Series Creator Kevin Kelly and co-writer Paul Triggiani gave us a few hints, telling Geekadelphia that next season is, “a mini adventure that takes the characters from outer space to inside Mr. Connectorkit’s subconscious,” referencing Jef’s ruthless monster father, who we will get to meet next season as we explore Jef’s past and his relationship with his father. Doubling the first season’s episodes from four to eight, and following a story arc through the entire season make this an ambitious follow-up.
The show does not plan to laser-focus on Jef and his roommates, hoping to expand and spend more time with (for example) The Thing That Only Eats Ponies or Microwavey. Kelly and Triggiani cited both The Simpsons and South Park as inspirations for shows that adopted everyone in town as characters worthy of the spotlight.
When asked where the show was going, the extremely literal answer was a host of locations, from Jef’s childhood home to the Temple of the Fallen Angel of Bank Loans to inside a stove top popcorn bag. New characters include the enigmatic gentleman HH Mudgett, an undead grief counselor named Ixy Avy, and God Himself, among many others.
The writing team has a series bible and arcs planned out for coming seasons, but they are open to whatever opportunities arise. When asked about the series future, Kelly stated that the creative team “would like to continue to expand on the scale both visually and story wise. The more artists we can get in to add to this, the better. We want more stop-motion animation, traditional animation, marionettes, practical sets and effects, animatronics, miniatures, shadow puppets and anything we can to push the medium and make new weird worlds.”
Season Two of Welcome to Anhedonia is expected in late 2015.